Stock Market Hours
9:30 am to 4 pm Eastern Time ET
Current time in ET:
Pre-market hours: 4 am to 9:30 am ET
Post-market hours: 4 pm to 8 pm ET
Days of operation
- Weekdays only
- No, they don’t work during holidays :-)
- There are early closure days, depending on the holidays, usually around 1 pm ET
The times above are valid for the two major US stock exchanges:
- The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), located in the famous Wall St in New York
- The NASDAQ, also based in New York
What is Pre-Market?
A lot of people don’t know, but trading is open before the main trading hours. The difference is that there is way less volume and liquidity during those hours.
What is Post-Market?
You can also trade after the main trading hours have passed. Usually, companies have their quarterly financial reports revealed only after the market is closed for the day. So, if some precious information was announced, this after-hours trading window can help traders to react to the news before the new price is fully realized.