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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.

North America

CountryStock ExchangeLocal Trading hours
United StatesNew York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST)
CanadaToronto Stock Exchange9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST)
MexicoMexican Stock Exchange8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CST)

South America

CountryStock ExchangeLocal Trading HoursUS Eastern Standard Time (EST)
BrazilBrasil Bolsa Balcão S.A. (B3)10 a.m. to 5:55 p.m.8 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.
ArgentinaBuenos 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:

Holiday20212022
New Year’s DayFriday, January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. DayMonday, January 18Monday, January 17
Washington’s BirthdayMonday, February 15Monday, February 21
Good FridayFriday, April 2Friday, April 15
Memorial DayMonday, May 31Monday, May 30
Independence DayMonday, July 5 (July 4 holiday observed)Monday, July 4
Labor DayMonday, September 6Monday, September 5
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 25*Thursday, November 24*
Christmas DayFriday, 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:

NameOpening time (in IST)Closing time (in IST)
NYSE7.00 p.m.1.30 a.m.
NASDAQ7.00 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.