A stock market is a barometer of the economic health of the country. The world is a global economy, and trade takes place at a global level. Investors and traders look for opportunities to trade all over the globe by using the stock market as a medium. However, they can operate only during the trading hours of the stock exchange in that country.
A stock market is an independent entity that has its own time of operation. The stock market in any country pretty much operates during the same time; however, it is in their local time. For example, in India, the stock market operates from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. According to US Eastern Standard Time, it is between 11:45 p.m. and 6 a.m. Indian investors who want to participate in the US Stock market have to trade as per the US time. The US Stock market is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, which is from 7 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. in IST. This article briefs about the US stock market timing.
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US Stock Market Timing
The US stock market is based on Eastern Time Zone (ET). The Eastern Time has two variables, namely EST and EDT.
- EST: It stands for Eastern Time Zone (EST) and is followed in New York, Washington DC, Florida and other US cities in the autumn and winter months. It is 5 hours behind the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-5) or Greenwich Mean Time.
- EDT: It stands for Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), and is followed in summer and spring months in US cities. It is 4 hours behind the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-4) or Greenwich Mean Time.
The following table shows the trading hours of the North American and South American stock markets.
|Country||Stock Exchange||Local Trading hours|
|United States||New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq||9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST)|
|Canada||Toronto Stock Exchange||9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST)|
|Mexico||Mexican Stock Exchange||8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CST)|
|Country||Stock Exchange||Local Trading Hours||US Eastern Standard Time (EST)|
|Brazil||Brasil Bolsa Balcão S.A. (B3)||10 a.m. to 5:55 p.m.||8 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.|
|Argentina||Buenos Aires Stock Exchange (BCBA)||11 a.m. to 5 p.m.||9 a.m. to 3 p.m.|
List of US Stock Market Holidays
Following is the list of US Stock Market Holidays for the year 2021 and 2022:
|New Year’s Day||Friday, January 1||—|
|Martin Luther King, Jr. Day||Monday, January 18||Monday, January 17|
|Washington’s Birthday||Monday, February 15||Monday, February 21|
|Good Friday||Friday, April 2||Friday, April 15|
|Memorial Day||Monday, May 31||Monday, May 30|
|Independence Day||Monday, July 5 (July 4 holiday observed)||Monday, July 4|
|Labor Day||Monday, September 6||Monday, September 5|
|Thanksgiving Day||Thursday, November 25*||Thursday, November 24*|
|Christmas Day||Friday, December 24 (Christmas holiday observed)||Monday, December 26 (Christmas holiday observed)|
Note: *Each market will close early at 1:30 p.m. (1:15 PM for eligible options) on Friday, November 26, 2021, Friday, and November 25, 2022 (the day after Thanksgiving). On these dates, Crossing Session orders will be accepted starting at 1:00 p.m. for continuous executions until 1:30 p.m. While the late trading sessions for NYSE American Equities, NYSE Arca Equities, NYSE Chicago, and NYSE National will close at 5:00 p.m. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.
US Stock Market Timing in India
Following is the Indian Standard Time (IST) for the US Stock Market:
|Name||Opening time (in IST)||Closing time (in IST)|
|NYSE||7.00 p.m.||1.30 a.m.|
|NASDAQ||7.00 p.m.||1.30 a.m.|
Kindly note that the India Stock Market opens at 9:15 a.m. and closes at 3:30 p.m.