Stock market hours: when is the best time of day to trade shares?

Stock market hours will reflect each exchange’s opening and closing times. Discover our trading hours for stock markets all over the world – including the LSE, NYSE and Nasdaq.

What are the stock market trading hours?

Stock market trading hours vary by exchange and geographical location. The Australian exchanges, such as the ASX are open from 10:00 to 16:00 AEST.

While these are the ‘normal’ trading hours for shares, there is also activity outside of this session. Most stock exchanges will offer pre-market and post-market trading, Monday to Friday.

Most share trading hours will run from Monday to Friday, five days a week. There are no regular trading hours for stocks on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. So, if you see news about stocks being up or down over the weekend, it’s most likely stock futures – which begin trading at 23:00 Sunday night UTC.

Our stock market hours

Market hours may vary for individual stocks, but broadly our stock trading hours are:

Equities market Local time
UK 18:00 to 2:30
US 00:30 to 07:00
Canadian 00:30 to 07:00
European 20:00 to 02:30
Hong Kong 11:30 to 20:00
(break 14:00 to 15:00)
Singapore 11:00 to 19:00
(break 14:00 to 15:00)

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Stock market opening times

Take a look at the stock market opening and closing times for different regions all over the world:

Region Trading hours (local time)
United Kingdom 08:00 to 16:30 UK
United States 09.30 to 16:00 EST
Europe 09:00 to 17:30 CET
Asia 09:00 to 16:00 Local time
Australia and New Zealand 10:00 to 16:45 AEST
South America 09.30 to 17:00 Local time

The table above lists the hours in which an exchange will be open in each area. Please note that times may vary depending on the country within a region.

UK stock market hours

The London Stock Exchange opens at 08:00 UK time and closes at 16:30 – with a break from 12:00 to 12:02 (22:00 to 22:02). The London stock market hours are some of the longest in the world – with a total of 8 hours and 28 minutes of trading time.

Most other exchanges are only open for between 5 and 7 hours. These longer hours mean there is likely to be more volatility, as more news occurs within the time that the market is open, giving traders and investors time to adjust positions.

'The London Stock Exchange does not close for lunch, unlike markets in Asia which close for an hour. The London Stock Exchange is not open on weekends. The LSE is not open on weekends.

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Local time - UK.

Country Stock Exchange Local time (UK)
United Kingdom London Stock Exchange 08:00 to 16:30

US stock market hours

The NYSE and the NASDAQ are the two largest American exchanges, both of which are located in New York City. Their regular stock trading hours are Monday to Friday 9:30 to 16:30 EST.

US exchanges do not close for lunch, but there is typically less trading in the middle of the day. Most liquidity for the US session is found at the opening and closing bells.

The US session is shorter than the UK market hours – totalling just 6 hours and 30 minutes. A shorter window of trading leads to less volatility, as more news occurs while the market is shut, giving everyone time to digest the information before they make a trade.

Local time EST/AEST

Country Stock Exchange Local time (EST)
United States New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) 09:30 to 16:00
United States Nasdaq 09:30 to 16:00
Canada Toronto Stock Exchange 09:30 to 16:00
Mexico Mexican Stock Exchange 08:30 to 15:00

European stock market hours

The European stock market is open for the longest period of all regions as it’s home to a vast number of exchanges. The Euronext is the largest, which represents a number of markets such as Amsterdam, Paris, Lisbon and Brussels.

The Euronext exchange doesn’t close for lunch and isn’t open on weekends. Just like the UK stock exchange hours, Euronext is open for much longer than normal hours – totalling 8 hours and 30 minutes of trading time.

Although not part of the European Union, the London Stock Exchange and Moscow Exchange are European exchanges too, so you’ll see them grouped into the stock hours.

Local time CET/WET/MSK.

Country Stock Exchange Local time
Europe Euronext Amsterdam 09:00 to 17:40
Europe Euronext Paris 09:00 to 17:30
Europe Euronext Lisbon 09:00 to 17:30
Europe Euronext Brussels 09:00 to 17:30
United Kingdom London Stock Exchange 08:00 to 16:30
Germany Börse Frankfurt Stock Exchange 08:00 to 20:00
Russia Moscow Exchange 09:30 to 19:00
Spain Madrid Stock Exchange 09:30 to 17:30

Asian stock market hours

Asian stock market hours fall into the early shift of global market trading. In a lot of Asian countries, lunch breaks are common practice – so it’s important to know when trading will stop and restart. There is typically less liquidity anyway during the middle of the day, as most volume is found at the start and end of the day.

In some other Asian countries, such as India and South Korea, lunch breaks were banned in order to encourage more market activity.

Most Asian trading hours are only between 4 hours and 6 hours and 30 minutes long. These shorter trading sessions see much less activity than other global sessions.

Local time – Asian Local Times

Country Stock Exchange Local time AEST
Japan  Tokyo Stock Exchange   09:00 to 15:00
Lunch: 11:30 to 12:30 
10:00 to 16:00
Lunch: 12:30 to 13:30
Hong Kong  Hong Kong Stock Exchange  09:30 to 16:00
Lunch: 12:00 to 13:00  
11:30 to 18:00
Lunch: 14:00 to 15:00
Shanghai   Shanghai Stock Exchange 09:30 to 15:00
Lunch: 11:30 to 13:00  
11:30 to 17:00
Lunch 13:30 to 15:00
India   National Stock Exchange of India 09:15 to 15:30  13:15 to 20:00
South Korea  South Korea Stock Exchange 09:00 to 15:30  10:00 to 16:30

Australian stock market hours

The Australian stock market is open from 10:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday, AEST/AEDT. The Australian market is open for 6 hours per day, while the New Zealand market is open for 6 hours and 45 minutes – both are relatively average opening hours.

Local time - AEST and NZST/AEST

Country Stock Exchange Local time
Australia Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) 10:00 to 16:00 (AEDT/AEST)
New Zealand New Zealand Stock Exchange 10:00 to 16:45 (NZDT/NZST)

South American stock market hours

These hours differ slightly for some South American Exchanges, as although they largely overlap with the larger North American markets, they start and finish at slightly different times.

Unlike its North American counterparts, the Brazil Stock Exchange is open for longer than most global markets – with a total of 7 hours and 55 minutes. This means the exchange sees far more volatility than others as news is digested throughout the trading day.

Local time - South American Time/AEST

Country Stock Exchange Local time
Brazil Brasil Bolsa Balcão S.A. (B3) 10:00 to 17:00
Argentina Buenos Aires Stock Exchange (BCBA) 11:00 to 17:00
Chile Santiago Stock Exchange (BVS) 09:30 to 16:00

What is the best time to trade shares?

The best time to trade shares is around major news and events. Market moving events can change from country to country, exchange to exchange, and stock to stock. This makes it important to understand all the factors that could move the share price before you take a position.

Examples of events to watch out for include:

  • Company earnings
  • Macroeconomic indicators
  • Political announcements and policy changes

Power hour stock market

Power hour is the time just before a market closes, and when a lot of share traders will look to buy and sell stocks. It tends to see a lot of volatility and liquidity as market participants adjust their positions before the market shuts.

While power hour will depend on each stock exchange’s opening hours, the global power hour is generally considered to be between 15:00 and 16:00 EST when the US stock market is winding down.

Learn more about end-of-day trading.