What Time Does the Stock Market Open in USA and Other Countries

stock market opens timeBeing an investor or a trader, knowing when the stock market opens is very important to your success. Trades placed during the trading time frame will usually be fulfilled and the transaction completed.

If you place a trade after hours, when the stock market is closed, then your trade will be placed in a queue and will wait there until the start of the next time the market opens and resumes trading.

What can happen is that it may negatively effect the price you will buy or sale the stock for. If you place an open order to purchase a stock at $20 a share in the off hours, news may come out before the market opens that jumps the price per share up above your price and you may pay a lot more than you originally wanted.

How Many Stock Exchanges Are There?

There are many stock exchanges all over the world. The most common stock exchanges are in the United States. There are, however, many different exchanges in many different countries. I put together a list below of the most common time the stock market opens in other countries.

Each country regulates when the stock market opens and usually depends on the time zone that the country is in.

The time that the stock market opens in the United States is based on the Easter Standard Time clock.

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U.S. Stock Exchange Opening Times

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the NASDAQ, and the American Stock Exchange among others are based in the United States of America. The opening times for each of these usually start at the same time on the Easter Standard Time zone.

New York Stock Exchange Opening Times

  • Standard Trading: Monday through Friday 9:30 AM through 4:oo PM EST
  • After-Hours Trading: Monday through Friday 4:00 PM through 6:30 PM EST

NASDAQ Stock Exchange Opening Times

  • Standard Trading: Monday through Friday 9:30 AM through 4:oo PM EST
  • After-Hours Trading: Monday through Friday 4:00 PM through 6:30 PM EST

American Stock Exchange Opening and Closing Times

  • Pre-Opening Session: 6:30 AM – 7:00 AM EST
  • Early Trading: 7:00 AM – 9:30 AM EST
  • Standard Trading: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM EST
  • Late Trading Session: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

What is Pre-Market Trading?

Pre-market stock market trading is the period of time where trading actually occurs before the standard market trading session. The pre-market session is usually between 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM EST each day when normal trading occurs.

When are pre-market trading hours for the United States stock markets?

  • Pre-market trading occurs from 7AM – 9:30AM with after-hours trading from 4PM – 8PM

Is the Stock Market Open On Holidays?

The time the stock exchange opens in the United States also depends on holidays observed.

  • Stock markets are closed New Year's Day Jan 1
  • Stock markets are closed Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan 21
  • Stock markets are closed Washington's Birthday Feb 18
  • Stock markets are closed Good Friday April 19
  • Stock markets are closed Memorial Day May 27
  • Stock markets are closed Independence Day Jul 4
  • Stock markets are closed Labor Day Sep 2
  • Stock markets are closed Thanksgiving Day Nov 28
  • Stock market closes early Black Friday at 1PM Nov 24
  • Stock markets are closed Christmas Eve Dec 24
  • Stock markets are closed Christmas Day Dec 25

U.S. Stock Exchange Shortened Trading Days and Times

On the following days, the U.S. stock exchanges have shortened trading days and close early:

  • Day prior to 4th of July: 9:30 AM through 1:00 PM EST
  • Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving): 9:30 AM through 1:00 PM EST
  • Christmas Eve: 9:30 AM through 1:00 PM EST

Is the Stock Market Open On the Weekends?

Generally, the stock market is not open on the weekends. Most, if not all, stock markets are closed on the weekends.

What Time Does the Stock Market Close?

Each stock market varies as to when they close depending on the region they are in. Even if the stock markets are in the same time zone, each exchange has their own schedule for the stock market closing times.

World Stock Market Opening Times

There are many other stock markets in the world and each one opens in their respective time zones.

For the time the stock market opens for each of these markets is the local time zone they are located in. Also, be aware that each of the stock market open times also take into account the holidays for the area.

  • Shanghai Stock Exchange Opening Times: 9:30am to 3:00pm local time
  • Toronto Stock Exchange Opening Times: 9:30am to 4:00pm local time
  • Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE/TYO) Opening Times: 9:00am to 3:00pm local time
  • London Stock Exchange Opening Times: 8:00am to 4:30pm local time
  • Hong Kong Stock Exchange Opening Times: 9:15am to 4:00pm local time
  • Deutsche Börse (German Stock Exchange) Opening Times: 8:00am to 10:00pm local time
  • Australian Stock Exchange (Securities Exchange) Opening Times: 9:50am to 4:12pm local time
  • Bombay Stock Exchange Opening Times: 9:15am to 3:30pm local time

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