Trading hours & closing times of the major stock exchanges

With the rise of the Internet, it has become increasingly easy to invest online. Through online brokers you have access to a wide range of international stock exchanges. But when do the various stock exchanges open and close?

Before you start with your international investments, it's wise to first investigate the trading hours in the regions below. When you click on a region, you will also immediately see on which special days the stock exchange in question is closed.

For your convenience, we have added the local times on which the stock exchange opens followed by the time in your own time zone. 

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America: opening & closing hours

Below you can find the trading hours of the well-known stock exchanges on the continent of America.

America/ United States

The Stock Exchange of America or the United States opens at 9:30 and closes at 16:00 Converted to your local time, the stock exchange opens at ##T|14:30## and closes again at ##T|21:00##.

Dow Jones

The Dow Jones is a well-known index of the American economy that includes several large, more traditional companies. Trading hours on the NASDAQ takes place from 9:30 to 16:00 local time or from ##T|14:30## to ##T|21:00## in your time zone.

New York Stock Exchange

The New York Stock Exchange or NYSE is the largest in the world. At this exchange, trades are still executed both live on the floor and digitally. Trading on the NYSE takes place from 9:30 to 16:00 or from ##T|14:30## to ##T|21:00## in your time zone.

NASDAQ

The NASDAQ is the cooler version of the NYSE. In this index you can find many stocks that use the latest technologies. Trading on the NASDAQ takes place from 9:30 to 16:00 or from ##T|14:30## to ##T|21:00## in your time zone.

Canada

The stock market of Canada or Toronto opens at 9:30 and closes at 16:00. Converted to your local time, the stock market opens at ##T|14:30## and closes again at ##T|21:00##.

Brazil

The stock market of Brazil or Bovespa opens at 10:00 and closes at 17:00 Converted to local time, the stock exchange opens at ##T|13:00## and closes again at ##T|20:00##

Europe: stock market opening times

In Europe, you can find several small and larger stock exchanges. Below you can find the current opening and closing hours of the European stock exchanges.

Belgium

The stock exchange of Belgium (Brussels) opens at 9:00 and closes again at 17:30. Converted to your time zone, the Belgium stock exchange opens at ##T|7:00## and closes again at ##T|5:30## p.m.

Denmark

The stock exchange of Denmark (CSE) opens at 9:00 and closes again at 17:00. Converted to your time, the Danish stock exchange opens at ##T|8:00## and closes again at ##T|16:00##.

Germany

The German Stock Exchange (DAX) opens at 9:00 and closes again at 17:30 Converted to your time zone, the German stock exchange opens at ##T|08:00## and closes again at ##T|16:30##.

Finland

The stock exchange of Finland (OMX) opens at 9:00 and closes again at 17:30 In your time this means that the stock exchange opens at ##T|7:00## and closes at ##T|15:30##

France

The stock exchange of France (Paris) opens at 9:00 and closes again at 17:30 Converted to UK time, the French stock exchange opens at ##T|8:00## and closes again at ##T|16:30##

Ireland

The stock exchange of Ireland (ISE) opens at 8:00 and closes again at 16:30. In your timezone this means that the stock exchange opens at ##T|8:00## and closes at ##T|16:30##

Italy

The stock exchange of Italy (Borsa Italiana) in Milan opens at 9:00 and closes again at 17:30 Converted to your local time, the Italian stock exchange opens at ##T|8:00## and closes again at ##T|16:30##

Luxembourg

The Luxembourg Stock exchange opens at 9:00 and closes again at 17:30. Converted to local time, the stock exchange of Luxembourg opens at ##T|08:00## and closes again at ##T|16:30##

The Netherlands

The stock exchange of the Netherlands (Amsterdam) opens at 9:00 and closes again at 17:30 Converted to your local time, the Dutch stock exchange opens at ##T|08:00## and closes again at ##T|16:30##.

Norway

The Norwegian Stock exchange (Oslo) opens at 9:00 and closes again at 16:20. Converted to your timezone, the Norwegian stock exchange opens at ##T|8:00## and closes again at ##T|15:20##

Austria

The stock exchange of Austria (Wiener Brose) in Vienna opens at 9:00 and closes again at 17:30. Converted to your time, the Austrian stock exchange opens at ##T|8:00## and closes again at ##T|16:30##. 

Portugal

The stock exchange of Portugal (PSI20) in Lisbon opens at 9:00 and closes again at 17:30. In your local time this means that the stock exchange opens at ##T|09:00## and closes at ##T|17:30##.

Russia

The Russian Stock Exchange (RTS) in Moscow opens at 10:00 and closes again at 18:45. In local time this means that the stock exchange opens at ##T|7:00## and closes at ##T|15:45##.

Spain

The stock exchange of Spain (IBEX35) in Spain opens at 9:00 and closes again at 17:30. Converted to your local time, the Spanish stock exchange opens at ##T|8:00## and closes again at ##T|16:30##

United Kingdom

The stock exchange of the United Kingdom (London) opens at 8:00 and closes again at 16:30. This means that the London stock exchange opens at ##T|8:00## and closes at ##T|16:30## in your time zone.

Sweden

The stock exchange of Sweden (Stockholm) opens at 9:30 and closes again at 17:20. Converted to local time, the Swedish stock exchange opens at ##T|8:30## and closes again at ##T|16:20##.

Switzerland

The stock exchange of Switzerland (Zurich) opens at 9:00 and closes again at 17:30. Converted to your time, the Swedish stock exchange opens at ##T|8:00## and closes again at ##T|16:30## p.m.

Asia: stock market hours

Do you want to invest in the Far East? That is possible on one of the major Asian stock exchanges. In this section you can see the opening hours of the most famous Asian stock exchanges.

China

The Shanghai Stock exchange of China (SCI 300) opens at 9:30 and closes at 15:00 In the local time zone, it opens at ##T|1:30##. and closes at ##T|7:00##.

Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Stock exchange (Hang Seng) opens at 9:15 and closes at 16:00. In the local time zone the stock exchange opens at ##T|1:15## and closes at ##T|8:00##.

India

The stock exchange of India (Sensex) in Mumbai opens at 9:15 and closes at 15:30. In your time zone, it opens at ##T|3:45## and closes at ##T|10:00##.

Japan

The stock exchange of Japan (Nikkei) in Tokyo opens at 9:00 and closes at 15:00 In your time zone, it opens at ##T|00:00## and closes at ##T|06:00##.

Singapore

The Singapore Stock exchange (SGX) opens at 9:00 and closes at 17:00. In your time zone this means that the stock exchange opens at ##T|1:00## and closes at ##T|9:00##.

Taiwan

The Taiwan Stock Exchange (SGX) in Taipei opens at 9:00 and closes at 13:30. In your local time zone, this means that the stock exchange opens at ##T|1:00## and closes at ##T|5:30##.

South Korea

The South Korean Stock Exchange (KOSPI) opens at 9:00 and closes at 15:00. In the local time zone, it opens at ##T|00:00##. and closes at ##T|6:00##.

Australia

Do you want to invest in faraway Australia? You can do so on the stock exchange of Australia or ASX in Sydney. The stock exchange opens at 10:00 and closes at 16:00. In your time zone this means that you can trade between ##T|23:00## and ##T|5:00##.

Africa: stock exchanges trading hours

Africa is an often forgotten continent with many attractive investment options. But what are the opening hours of the major stock exchanges in Africa?

South Africa

The South Africa Stock Exchange in Johannesburg opens at 9:00 and then closes at 17:00. In your time zone the exchange opens at ##T|7:00##. and closes at ##T|15:00##.

Middle East

The Middle East is rich in raw materials and generates a lot of revenues due to the influence of oil. But what are the opening hours of the stock exchanges in the Middle East?

Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabia Stock Exchange (Tadawul) opens at 10:00 and closes at 15:00. In your time this means that the exchange opens at ##T|7:00## and closes at ##T|12:00##.

Why do you have to pay attention to trading hours?

Before you start trading on a stock exchange, it is always wise to pay attention to the opening hours. By doing so, you can determine within what time frame you can place an order. 

It is also important to keep a close eye on the holidays. Some stock exchanges close several days in a row. If you don't pay attention, you can get stuck with your shares involuntarily. With derivatives, you have to pay extra attention. You often pay a daily financing fee, which can make holidays expensive. 

Can you only invest during opening hours?

In some cases you can invest or trade outside the official trading hours. We also call this investing pre-market & investing after-hours. The broker where you have created an account can offer this possibility. They make sure that there is a market for the shares outside of the stock exchange.

Investing outside trading hours does have some disadvantages. The first disadvantage is that the volume is lower. It can therefore take longer before an order is executed. Another disadvantage is that transaction costs are usually higher.

This is also caused by the lower trading volume.

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Can the stock markets suddenly close?

The days on which the stock exchanges close are normally announced in advance. On each country page on trading.info you can see exactly on which days the stock exchange in question closes. However, sometimes the stock exchange can close unexpectedly.

This only happens when a very unusual event occurs. An event that is so extraordinary that it can cause the stock markets to collapse. By closing the stock exchanges, there is time for the panic among investors to diminish. Some stock exchanges automatically stop trading when prices fall by more than a certain percentage.

What happens more often is that trading in a certain share is temporarily halted. This is done when one share collapses.

Stock exchanges influence each other

It is important to remember that the different stock exchanges influence each other. Especially large stock exchanges can have a strong influence on the prices of other stock exchanges. This is because in our global economy all countries and companies are interconnected.

For example, many people follow the opening of the American stock exchange with a tense breath. The American stock exchange is the largest in the world. When things do not go well there, it is more likely that other stock exchanges will fall as well. You saw this to an extraordinary extent during the credit crisis of 2008.

When you trade actively, it is therefore wise to keep a close eye on the opening times of other major stock exchanges. The activities on the other stock exchanges do influence the results you achieve with your trades at another stock exchange.

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Time zones and daylight saving

Please note that the various stock exchanges are located in different time zones. We have therefore added the local trading hours for your convenience. In some cases, the clock are pushed forward once a year. In that case, the time may deviate one hour from the times mentioned on this page. It is therefore advised to always verify the exact trading hours within your broker account. 

Currencies used on stock exchanges

International exchanges work with different currencies. It is important to take this into account. When you trade on an international stock exchange, you are dealing with an exchange rate risk. For example, the stock exchange of Japan is listed in Japanese Yen. When the Japanese stock exchange rises but the value of the euro against the Japanese Yen falls, you can still lose money with your investment.

Are you going to invest in other stock exchanges? Then it is wise to analyse how the currencies used by these exchanges are performing. By doing so you can prevent your returns from disappearing because your currency performs badly against the currency used by the stock exchange.  

Placing orders at a closed exchange

When a stock exchange is closed, you can often still place an order. Depending on the settings you use on your brokerage account, orders from the previous day are simply pushed forward to the next day. However, it is important to pay attention to this. When the stock exchange opens, the price of a share can jump quite a bit. This can be disadvantageous for you.

How is this possible? This is possible because many things happen during the period that the stock exchange is closed. These events influence the supply and demand for the various shares. For example, if negative news has come out in the meantime, the stock market may open lower the next day.

By using orders that guarantee a certain price, you avoid losing a lot of money when the next trading session starts.

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