Trading times

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It’s always a good idea to know what the trading times are for the stock market. Here is information on when the stock market opens and closes for trading. In general all the U. S. stock markets are open for trading between the hours of 9:30 AM and 4:00 PM, Eastern time.

Regular trading hours

After hours trading (includes pre and after market trading)

Here’s a summary of the trading times for the major U. S. stock markets.

Regular market hours are 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

Premarket trading occurs from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM ET.

The NASDAQ also has the “100 Pre-Market Indicator”, an indicator that helps gauge the strength or weakness of the overall market prior to the daily open. The indicator is based on last sale prices of NDX100 securities during premarket trading. If no Nasdaq 100 stocks trade during pre market trading (highly unlikely), then the indicator is calculated from the previous day’s 4PM closing price.

After hours trading occurs from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM. Again, the NASDAQ has the 100 After Hours Indicator calculated in a similar fashion as the pre market indicator.

Visit the NASDAQ website for more information.

The trading times for regular New York Stock Exchange market hours are from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

The NYSE is closed for the major US holidays: New Years, Martin Luther King’s birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas. Additionally, some days prior to holidays are shortened trading sessions.

After hours trading occurs in the form of a “Crossing Session” between the hours of 4:15 PM and 5:00 PM, Eastern time.

Also in place are circuit breakers. Trading is halted for a specific amount of time based on the Dow Jones Industrial Average compared with the previous day’s closing price.

Visit the New York Stock Exchange website for more information.

The American Stock Exchange keeps similar regular trading hours and holiday schedules as the bigger US stock exchanges do.

The AMEX is home to the popular HOLDRs (QQQ, SPY, DIA). One of the advantages of the HOLDRs is simply the ability to sell short on a downtick.

Visit the American Stock Exchange website for more information.

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