So you want to trade stocks but don’t know when the markets open?
Well, you’ve come to the right place.
It doesn’t matter where in the world you are, you will find the answers to your questions within this lesson.
Now, before we get started, let us know in the comments below where you live. We would love to see where our readers are!
And your location is also important when it comes to the opening hours of your country’s Stock Market!
There are stock markets spread across the world and they all have different trading hours.
Most stock markets (with some exceptions) are open for trading from Monday to Friday and closed on the weekends.
Some stock exchanges in Asia stop for a lunch break, while others in Europe and Oceania don’t.
Stock exchanges are also normally closed on public holidays, which may differ for countries around the world.
Stock market opening times are different for most countries.
This is due to the fact that trading hours are designed to facilitate the best concentration of buyers and sellers during these hours for market participants.
By having these set hours for trading, the stock exchange makes sure that there is strong liquidity between the opening and closing times, instead of sporadic trades throughout the full day.
Below, we will explore the opening (trading) hours of Stock Exchanges in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania.
For the sake of the article, we will use the GMT time zone.
They trade from 2:30 am to 9:00 pm GMT, Monday through to Friday, without any lunch breaks.
If that’s not long enough, both NYSE and NASDAQ offer after-hours trading for 4 extra hours!
This means that trades can still be executed after the exchange itself has closed its doors for the day but electronic communication networks can still automatically match buyers and sellers.
American markets close for a number of public holidays. You can find the full list here.
The Euronext exchange is the largest Stock Exchange in Europe and has its locations in places such as Paris, Dublin, Brussels and Oslo. For a full list of locations, please click here.
Euronext exchanges are open from 8:00 am to 4.30 pm (GMT) from Monday through to Friday, without any lunch breaks.
Another popular European stock exchange is the London Stock Exchange (LSE) with its opening hours from 8 am to 4:30 pm (UK time), with no lunch breaks.
The LSE is also closed on a number of public holidays. You can find the full list here.
Normal trading days on the Asian exchanges can sometimes vary from the traditional Western counterparts but most of them keep to the Monday to Friday template.
The three biggest Asian Stock Exchanges, The Shanghai, Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges all open from 1:30 am and close at 7:00 am (GMT).
The Tokyo Stock Exchange remains open for an additional hour afterward and therefore closes at 8:00 am (GMT).
However, unlike Stock Exchanges in Europe and North America, Asian markets take a lunch break. These vary in its length.
The markets close for public holidays too, you can find the full list here.
Trading hours in the Middle East vary depending on the exchange.
For example, the Saudi Stock Exchange is open from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm GMT from Sunday through to Thursday, without any lunch breaks.
In Saudi Arabia, the weekend is Friday and Saturday, and therefore the Saudi Stock Exchange is one of the few stock exchanges in the world that is open on a Sunday.
Another popular Middle Eastern exchange, The Tehran Stock Exchange is open from Saturday to Wednesday, 5.30 am to 9 am GMT, without any lunch breaks.
As for holidays, Stock Exchanges in the Middle East mostly follow the days of rest prescribed by religion rather than the model set out by Western exchanges.
The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is the largest stock exchange in Oceania with trading hours from 12:00 am to 6:00 am GMT (without lunch breaks).
The ASX is closed for a number of public holidays, you can find the full list here.
Another popular exchange in Oceania is the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZSX) which is open from 10 pm to 5 am GMT, without any lunch breaks.
Again, it closes for a number of public holidays, you can find the full list here.
Most stock exchanges around the world are closed over the weekend. However, this differs depending on the culture and religious practice of a region.
For example, various Middle Eastern stock exchanges are open on Saturdays, Sundays, or both.
We know all this information might be confusing so we prepared a small printable table with all opening hours of the above that you can download and hang up on your wall.
Just right-click on the image below and select ’save as’.
See you in the next lesson!