When it comes to investing, it's important to know when the stock market opens and closes. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is the most reliable source of financial calendar reference data. It usually opens at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time and closes at 4 p.m.
Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, the NYSE closes at 1 p.m. on the day before Independence Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and other holidays.
Trading doesn't stop when major exchanges close, though. Electronic communications networks (ECNs) and brokers such as Fidelity and Charles Schwab facilitate trading outside of regular hours. Commodities such as oil, gold, and wheat are traded electronically starting at 6 p.m. Eastern Time, while the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) starts trading at 8 p.m.
Eastern Time. Cryptocurrencies operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Investors interested in what international stock exchanges are doing in real time may need to stay up late or get up early depending on the country they're following. Here's a list of some of the world's largest stock exchanges and their regular business hours in Eastern Time:• Saudi Arabian Stock Exchange: Sunday to Thursday• London Stock Exchange: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.• Shanghai Stock Exchange: 9:30 a.m.
to 3 p.m.• Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.• Tokyo Stock Exchange: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.It's important to note that all major stock exchanges have holidays throughout the year when they are closed for trading, as well as early closures on certain days of the week or month. For example, the NYSE closes at 1 p.m., while the BMV closes at 5 p.m.
Investors should check their investments regularly, especially if they are active traders or self-directed investors. If you're thinking of adding a stock to your portfolio or selling an asset at a fixed price during a certain date, you'll need to familiarize yourself with the holidays and early closures of major US stock exchanges so you don't get caught off guard when those moments come. Unless you use international stock exchanges or ECNs, you won't be able to trade during the weekend or on holidays when the market is closed; however, you can still perform basic functions in your account such as checking balances, monitoring portfolio performance, or initiating deposits or withdrawals. A stock exchange is a market where you can buy and sell stocks during certain hours of the day; it functions as an entity that ensures orderly trading and efficient dissemination of price quotes for publicly traded companies.