Stock Market Trading Hours: What Time Is the Stock Market Open Today?

When does the market open? It's certainly a simple question, but one with more answers than you'd think.

The regular trading hours for the U.S. stock market, which includes the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on stock market holidays. There are also several early closure days like Christmas Eve, typically around other holidays, when regular stock market trading ends at 1 p.m. (All times Eastern unless otherwise indicated.)

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That seems easy enough.

However, trading also occurs beyond these regular stock market trading hours. On days with a regular session, for instance, there is "pre-market" trading. This occurs before the market, and while hours vary, they can extend as early as 4 a.m. and run until 9:30 a.m. There is also "after-hours" trading, which happens after the market closes and typically runs from 4 to 8 p.m.

Pre-market and after-hours trading are performed on "electronic communications networks," or ECNs, and directly pair buyers and sellers rather than using a middleman. While this kind of trading once was only accessible to large institutional buyers, today brokers and trading platforms such as Fidelity and Charles Schwab facilitate this for market participants. Still, many brokers limit the types of transactions that can occur in pre-market and after-hours trading, so you'll want to make sure to check with yours to see what specifically is available.

When Does the Market Open for Commodities Trading?

The market for commodities trading, such as oil, gold and wheat, occurs electronically from 6 p.m. Sunday to 5 p.m. Friday on CME Group exchanges. Regular trading hours at the competing Intercontinental Exchange run from 8 p.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Friday. Commodity ETFs and mutual funds, meanwhile, can be traded during regular stock market hours.

When Does the Market Open for Cryptocurrencies?

The digital currencies market is the easiest schedule to remember. Cryptocurrencies trade 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From Bitcoin to the smallest altcoin, if you have an itch, you can scratch it whenever you'd like. That said, not all brokerage firms offer access to cryptocurrencies, so you'll want to check with yours to see if they allow buying and selling of digital assets – or find a centralized crypto exchange like Coinbase Global (COIN). 

When Does the Market Open on the Weekends?

There are no regular trading hours for stocks on Saturdays or Sundays. However, if you see news on a Sunday night saying that stock futures are down, that's because most futures contracts (including equity futures, but also commodities such as oil and agricultural products and other investments) begin trading Sunday night on the major exchanges.

When Does the Market Open for International Stocks?

For investors looking to trade international markets and global stocks in real time, they'll need to grab an evening pot of coffee first, depending on what country they're following.

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Here are the trading times for some of the largest global stock exchanges. (All times featured here represent regular trading hours, Monday-Friday, and are listed in Eastern time.)

  • Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX): 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Mexico Stock Exchange (BMV): 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • London Stock Exchange (LSE): 3 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Euronext Paris (EPA): 3 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FRA): 3 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE): 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE): 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.
  • Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE): 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.
  • Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKG): 9:30 p.m. to 12 a.m., 1 a.m. to 4 a.m.

On the other hand, investors can trade American depositary receipts (ADRs) – foreign companies that trade on domestic stock exchanges – during regular U.S. trading hours.

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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