Stock Market

United States Stock Market Hours

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Nasdaq are two of the most well-known stock exchanges.

Stock Exchange

Open / Close

Local Time

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)


9:30 am est

2:30 pm


4 pm est

9 pm

United States Stock Market Holidays

  • New Year’s Day

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • Memorial Day

  • Independence Day

  • Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

  • Juneteenth National Independence Day

  • Good Friday

  • Labor Day

When Is The Best Time To Trade in The United States Stock Market?

It is generally believed that the best times to day trade the stock market are the first two hours of the day and the last hour of the day. During these times, there tends to be higher volatility and volume in the market, which can create more opportunities for traders to enter and exit trades profitably. In the U.S., the first two hours of the day are typically considered to be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST, while the last hour of the day is typically considered to be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST. However, it is important to note that these are general guidelines and that the specific times may vary based on market conditions and individual trading strategies. Additionally, some professional traders may choose to stop trading around 11:30 a.m. due to a decrease in volatility and volume during this time.

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