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Is the Stock Market Open Today? Full List of Holidays

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It the stock market open today? The exchanges follow a holiday schedule different than banks so it's important to know when you can trade.

As a former stockbroker I still forget when exchanges are open. They don’t always follow bank holidays, so it’s easily confusing to know whether or not the stock market is open for business.

If you want to know if the stock market is open today, our guide explains when it’s closed for business.

Stock Market Holidays

 

You may not realize it, but stock market holidays are closely tied to banking holidays. However, they don’t always mirror each other.

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the NASDAQ operate on a similar holiday schedule to most banks. But, they don’t operate the same.

Just because you learn that banks are closed doesn’t necessarily mean the stock exchanges are closed for trading.

Here are the observed stock market holidays when trading is not available:

  • New Year’s Day – Always January 1
  • Martin Luther King Jr Day – Third Monday of January
  • Washington’s Birthday/President’s Day – Third Monday of February
  • Good Friday – Friday before Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day – Last Monday in May
  • Independence Day – Always July 4
  • Labor Day – First Monday in September
  • Thanksgiving Day – Fourth Thursday of November
  • Christmas Day – December 25

The exchanges does not observe Columbus/Indigenous Peoples Day or Veterans Day, and they add Good Friday. It’s also important to note the stock market closes at 1:00 p.m. EST on the following days:

  • The day before Independence Day
  • Black Friday
  • Christmas Eve

For the sake of ease, reference the list of stock exchange holidays below. It goes out to 2023.

Stock Market Holiday2020202120222023
New Year's DayJan. 1Jan. 1Jan. 1Jan. 1
MLK Jr. BirthdayJan. 20Jan. 18Jan. 17Jan. 16
Washington's BirthdayFeb. 17Feb. 15Feb. 21Feb. 20
Good FridayApr. 10Apr. 2Apr. 15Apr. 7
Memorial DayMay. 25May. 31May. 30May. 29
Independence DayJul. 4Jul. 4Jul. 4Jul. 4
Labor DaySept. 7Sept. 6Sept. 5Sept. 4
Thanksgiving DayNov. 26Nov. 25Nov. 24Nov. 23
Christmas DayDec. 25Dec. 25Dec. 25Dec. 25

If you place trades with an online broker on one of these holidays, they’ll seek execution the following business day. It might be wise to use a limit order when placing trades outside of normal hours to protect yourself in the event of wild swings in after-hours trading.

Additionally, some brokerages might have different rules for placing trades when the market is not open. It’s best to ask before placing trades outside of normal hours.

Bond Markets

 

Bond traders follow a different holiday schedule than their brethren stock traders. They follow the guidelines established by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIMFA), a group that represents securities and asset management firms.

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Bond markets observe the nine holidays of the stock exchanges, plus Columbus/Indigenous Peoples Day and Veterans Day.

Additionally, bond markets close early on six different days:

  • Thursday before Good Friday
  • The Friday before Memorial Day
  • The day before Independence Day is observed
  • Black Friday
  • Christmas Eve
  • New Year’s Eve

Bond traders stop working at 2:00 p.m. EST on each of the above days.

Stock Market Hours

 

Unlike banks, the stock market follows the same schedule. The exchanges makes it relatively simple to know when they’re open for trading.

Here are the trading hours of all U.S.-based major stock exchanges:

  • Monday – Friday – 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST

The are extended trading hours, for those inclined to trade outside the normal session. Those hours are:

  • Pre-market trading – 4:00 – 9:30 a.m. EST
  • After-hours trading – 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST

Most investors don’t deal with extended hours trading as it tends to have increased volatility. There are no trading hours for stocks on the weekends, it’s only available Monday through Friday.

Summary

 

The stock exchange keeps fairly standard hours. They are helpful to know, especially if you actively trade stocks. If you don’t actively trade, holiday closures and hours of operation won’t impact you much.

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