World Stock Market Hours

What Time the Stock Market Opens and Closes Around the World

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As an investor, you may have thought about investing in the markets of other countries. Many exchanges around the world operate around the same hours as U.S. exchanges, but in local time. This presents a few difficulties for U.S. investors.

This breakdown of the general stock market hours for the major exchanges around the world can help you coordinate your international trades. Times are listed both in local and U.S. time zones, as well as Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Times reflect Eastern Standard Time (not daylight saving time), and it’s important to note that markets close for lunch in many countries. Exchanges may also be closed on different national holidays.

North America Stock Market Hours

While the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Nasdaq are two of the most well-known stock exchanges, there are others for investors to consider in Canada and Mexico.

Country Stock Exchange Local Hours of Operation UTC General Holiday Closures  
United States New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST) (UTC -5) 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
United States Nasdaq 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST) (UTC -5) 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
Canada Toronto Stock Exchange 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST) (UTC -5) 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. New Year’s Day, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day
Mexico Mexican Stock Exchange 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CST) (UTC -5) 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. New Year’s Day, Constitution Day, Presidents’ Day, Good Friday, Independence Day, Revolution Day

South America Stock Market Hours

South American countries like Brazil and Argentina boast some sizable emerging economies and potentially solid investment opportunities.

Country Stock Exchange Local Hours of Operation U.S. Eastern Standard Time UTC General Holiday Closures
Brazil Brasil Bolsa Balcão S.A. (B3) 10 a.m. to 5:55 p.m. 8 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. (UTC -3) 1 p.m. to 8:55 p.m. New Year’s Day, Carnival, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Revolution Day, Independence Day, All Souls’ Day, Christmas
Argentina Buenos Aires Stock Exchange (BCBA) 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (UTC -3) 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. New Year's Day, Carnival, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Revolution Day, Independence Day, Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity, National Sovereignty Day, Christmas

Europe Stock Market Hours

You can access a significant portion of the world’s wealth by trading on European markets, especially those from heavily developed nations, such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Ireland, Portugal, and France.

Euronext is based in Amsterdam but has offices throughout Europe. It has roots back to the early 1600s and is considered the oldest modern securities market in the world. 

Country Stock Exchange Local Hours of Operation U.S. Eastern Standard Time UTC General Holiday Closures
Broader Europe Euronext Amsterdam: 9 a.m. to 5:40 p.m.  Paris: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Lisbon: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Brussels: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 3 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.  3 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  4 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 4 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (UTC +1) 8 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.  (UTC +1) 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  (UTC +0) 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (UTC +0) 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday
United Kingdom London Stock Exchange 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 3 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (UTC +0) 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter, Christmas Day, Boxing Day
Germany Börse Frankfurt Stock Exchange 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3 a.m. to 11 a.m. (UTC +1) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter, Pentecost, Christmas Day
Russia Moscow Exchange 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 2:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (UTC +3) 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. New Year’s Day, Christmas Day, Working Day, Defenders Day, Women's Day, Labor Day
Spain Madrid Stock Exchange 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 3 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (UTC +1) 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter, Labor Day, Christmas

Asia Stock Market Hours

With some of the most populous countries in the world located in the Eastern Hemisphere, there are huge trading opportunities to be found on the exchanges in India, South Korea, Japan, and China. It’s important to note that many of the exchanges in Asia close for lunch every day.

Country/City Stock Exchange Local Hours of Operation U.S. Eastern Standard Time UTC General Holiday Closures
Japan Tokyo Stock Exchange 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., lunch 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (UTC +9) 12 a.m. to 6 a.m., lunch 2:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. New Year’s Day, Old Age Day, National Day, Emperor's Birthday, Showa Day, Children’s Day, Workers’ Day
Hong Kong Hong Kong Stock Exchange 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., lunch 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 9:30 p.m. to 4 a.m., lunch 12 a.m. to 1 a.m. (UTC +8) 1:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., lunch 4 a.m. to 5 a.m. New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Qingming Festival, Easter, National Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Christmas Day
Shanghai Shanghai Stock Exchange 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 9:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., lunch 10:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. (UTC +8) 1:30 a.m. to 7 a.m., lunch 3:30 a.m. to 5 a.m. New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year, Qingming Festival, Labor Day, Dragon Boat Festival, National Day
India National Stock Exchange of India 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 11:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. (UTC +5.5) 3:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Republic Day, Holi, Good Friday, Ram Navami, Bakri Id, Dussehra
South Korea South Korea Stock Exchange 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. (UTC +9) 12 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. New Year’s Day, Korean New Year, Independence Day, Children’s Day, Chuseok Festivity

Africa Stock Market Hours

Some of the biggest long-term growth opportunities may come from emerging economies in Africa. You might consider getting up early to trade on some of the continent’s largest exchanges.

Country Stock Exchange Local Hours of Operation U.S. Eastern Standard Time UTC General Holiday Closures
South Africa Johannesburg Stock Exchange 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. (UTC +2) 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. New Year’s Day, Human Rights Day, Good Friday, Women’s Day, Heritage Day, Christmas Day
Kenya Nairobi Securities Exchange 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. (UTC +3) 6:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter, Labor Day, Eid al-Fitr, Madaraka Day, National Heroes Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day

Australia/Oceania Stock Market Hours

One of the world’s leading financial market exchanges is located in Sydney, Australia. Along with the Australian Securities Exchange, the New Zealand Stock Exchange is another notable market in the Australia/Oceania region.

Country Stock Exchange Local Hours of Operation U.S. Eastern Standard Time UTC General Holiday Closures
Australia Australia Securities Exchange 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. (UTC +11) 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. New Year’s Day, Australia Day, Good Friday, Easter, Queen’s Birthday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day
New Zealand New Zealand Stock Exchange 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. 4 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. (UTC +12) 9 p.m. to 3:45 a.m. New Year’s Day, National Day, Good Friday, Easter, Anzac Day, Queen’s Birthday, Labor Day, Christmas Day

Tips for International Trading

Investing directly on foreign exchanges is possible by setting up a global account on any major online stockbroker, such as Fidelity or Charles Schwab. If you are interested in investing in foreign stocks, you can purchase shares of an international mutual fund or exchange-traded fund (ETF), giving you access to a broad set of overseas investments.

Investors can also get international exposure by purchasing shares of U.S. companies with a big overseas presence. McDonald’s is an example of a multinational corporation offering access to dozens of markets. There are many ways to take advantage of investment opportunities across the globe.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many stock markets are there around the world?

There are 60 major exchanges in the world, and more than half of them are located in Europe and Asia. U.S. stock exchanges account for about 40% of global stock value.

What are the biggest stock markets in the world?

The New York Stock Exchange is the largest in the world, followed by the Nasdaq, the Japan Exchange Group, and the Shangai Stock Exchange.