International Stock Exchange Hours

Hours for Exchanges Around the World

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If you're an investor, you may have thought about investing in other country's markets. Many exchanges around the world operate (in local time) around the same hours as U.S. exchanges; this presents a few difficulties for U.S. investors.

Time disparities can cause setbacks for U.S. investors who want to trade internationally. Many of these exchanges allow orders to be placed before opening, but trades are only executed during that market's local operating hours—and the trades you can make may be limited, depending on your broker's rules or the rules of the exchange.

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 in many countries markets close for lunch. 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
United States New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (UTC -5) 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
United States Nasdaq 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (UTC -5) 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Canada Toronto Stock Exchange 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (UTC -5) 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Mexico Mexican Stock Exchange 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (UTC -5) 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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
Brazil Brasil Bolsa Balcão S.A. (B3) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (UTC -3) 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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.

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
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.
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.
Germany Börse Frankfurt Stock Exchange 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. (UTC +1) 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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.
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.

Asia Stock Market Hours

Some of the largest countries by population are in the Eastern Hemisphere. That means huge opportunities can be found trading stocks 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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
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.
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.

Australia/Oceania Stock Market Hours

Country Stock Exchange Local Hours of Operation U.S. Eastern Standard Time UTC
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 Zealand New Zealand Stock Exchange 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. (UTC +12) 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

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. However, investing internationally can be tricky, as you must understand foreign currencies and accept different costs and tax considerations. Different languages may also add challenges for the investor. 

If you are interested in investing in foreign stocks, there are simpler ways to do it. You can purchase shares of an international mutual fund or exchange-traded fund (ETF), giving you access to a broad set of overseas investments. Some foreign companies also sell shares in the U.S. using an instrument called an American Depository Receipt.

Investors can also get international exposure by purchasing shares of American companies with a big overseas presence. McDonald’s is an example of a multinational corporation offering access to dozens of markets.

Article Sources

  1. Brasil Bolsa Balcao. "Trading Hours." Accessed Sept. 1, 2020.