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What Are US Stock Market Timings, Working Days & Holidays For 2021?

This blog lists down US stock market timings, NYSE timings, NASDAQ trading hours, US stock market working days and holidays.
February 18, 2021

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The NYSE and NASDAQ rank #1 and #2 respectively in the world in terms of market capitalization. NYSE is valued at approximately $25 trillion while NASDAQ boasts a healthy valuation of roughly $11 trillion. 

The credit may go to the strong global companies like Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google, Tesla, etc, listed on these exchanges, but the trading hours play a pivotal role in establishing value and growth. 

In this blog, we will take a detailed look at the US stock market timings which include NYSE and NASDAQ trading hours (EST and IST), working days, holidays, and how you can buy US stocks using Cube Wealth.

List Of US Stock Market Trading Hours

Stock Exchange: NYSE & NASDAQ

1. Pre-Opening Hours 

  • Start Time (EST): 3:30 AM 
  • End Time (EST): 4:00 AM

2. Opening Session

  • Start Time (EST): 4:00 AM 
  • End Time (EST): 9:30 AM

3. Core Trading Hours

  • Start Time (EST): 9.30 AM
  • End Time (EST): 4.00 PM

4. Closing Auction Freeze Period

  • Start Time (EST): 3:59 PM 
  • End Time (EST): 4:00 PM

5. Extended Hours

  • Start Time (EST): 4:00 PM
  • End Time (EST): 8:00 PM

Note: Timings mentioned above are based on publicly available data collated from various sources on the internet. 

US Stock Market Working Hours As Per Indian Time 

Stock Exchange: NYSE & NASDAQ

1. Pre-Opening Hours 

  • EST: 3:30 AM-4:00 AM
  • IST: 1.00 PM-1.30 PM

2. Opening Session

  • EST: 4:00 AM-9:30 AM
  • IST: 1.30 PM-7.00 PM

3. Core Trading Hours

  • EST: 9.30 AM-4.00 PM
  • IST: 7.00 PM-1.30 AM

4. Closing Auction Freeze Period

  • EST: 3:59 PM-4:00 PM 
  • IST: 1.29 AM-1.30 AM

5. Extended Hours

  • EST: 4:00 PM-8:00 PM
  • IST: 1.30 AM-5.30 AM

Note: Timings mentioned above are based on publicly available data collated from various sources on the internet.

List Of Working Days In The US Stock Market 

The NYSE and NASDAQ are open Monday to Friday and remain shut during the weekends just like the NSE and BSE in India. Here’s a snapshot of the US stock market working days:

Day

Stock Market

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

US Stock Market Holidays In 2021 

The US markets take a breather from time to time by remaining shut on major US holidays. US stock exchanges also follow an interesting holiday principle: 

  • If a major holiday falls on Saturday, US exchanges remain shut on the preceding Friday 
  • If a major holiday falls on Sunday, US exchanges remain shut on the following Monday

Here’s the complete list of holidays observed by the NYSE and NASDAQ:

Date

Holiday

Stock Market

Bond Market

Friday, January 1st

New Year’s Day

Closed

Closed

Monday, January 18th

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Closed

Closed

Monday, February 15th

Presidents' Day

Closed

Closed

Friday, April 2nd

Good Friday

Closed

Open till 12 noon

Monday, May 31st

Memorial Day

Closed

Closed

Monday, July 5th

Independence Day (July 4th)

Closed

Closed

Monday, September 6th

Labor Day

Closed

Closed

Monday, October 11th

Columbus Day

Open

Closed

Thursday, November 11th

Veterans Day

Open

Closed

Thursday, November 25th

Thanksgiving Day

Closed

Closed

Friday, December 24th

Christmas (25th December)

Closed

Closed

Note: Dates mentioned above comprise publicly available data from Google. 

FAQs

1. What Time GMT Does The US Stock Market Open?

Ans. The core trading hours of both NYSE and NASDAQ are from 2.30 PM to 9 PM GMT (7.00 PM - 1.30 AM IST).

2. Can You Buy Stocks After Hours?

Ans. Yes, you can buy US stocks after core trading hours (extended hours) but it comes with higher risks and lower liquidity due to limited trade volume. 

3. Is The Stock Market Open 7 Days A Week?

Ans. No, the US stock market is open from Monday to Friday, 5 days a week except during major US holidays. 

Shriram Shekhar
Shriram is a Content Marketer at Cube Wealth, the Financial Freedom App with a smart Perfect Portfolio Planner. He has developed cutting edge IT products for over 2 years before turning to his passion for the written word. Shriram’s love for philosophy, product development, and empowering people through quality content is what got him to Cube Wealth.

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