U.S. Stock Market Holiday Schedule

December 25, 2018
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U.S. Stock Market Holiday season is in full swing, and that means that Wall Street will take some very short breaks over the next few days. If you’re looking to fit in some end of year trading, then here are the details that you won’t want to miss.

New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Holiday Hours 2018

The New York Stock Exchange is the world’s largest exchange by market capitalization, and it hosts some of the most valuable corporations in America. If you have a well-diversified portfolio, then there’s little doubt that you own stocks that are traded here. Even if you’re still researching to build a portfolio, the NYSE is one of the exchanges that you’ll need to watch closely.

  • The exchange is closed for the December 25 Christmas holiday, and will reopen with full trading hours on December 26.
  • The exchange will also be closed on January 1, 2019.

Outside of these non-trading days, usual opening times apply. The market holiday opens for core trading at 9:30AM on weekdays and closes at 4:00PM Eastern Time (ET).

Nasdaq Stock Market Holiday (NASDAQ) Hours 2018

The NASDAQ will also operate with interrupted trading during the holiday period. The NASDAQ follows the NYSE as the second largest exchange by market capitalization. The Exchange is heavily tech weighted, hosting some of the most successful growth stocks in the world, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Alphabet (GOOGL), and Amazon (AMZN).

  • Like the NYSE, the NASDAQ is closed for the Christmas holiday on December 25.
  • The NASDAQ will be closed on January 1, 2019.

Normal trading hours are in effect outside of these days. The NASDAQ mirrors the NYSE with an opening time of 9:30AM and a close of 4:00PM Eastern Time (ET).

After-hours trading is also available on normal trading days. The after-hours market is open from 4:00PM until 8:00PM, offering a short window where electronic trades can be made. After-hours trades on the NASDAQ can be performed through brokerages like Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, and Fidelity.

Stock volatility is likely to continue until the end of the year. Holiday interruptions typically lead to higher activity and price fluctuations. With uninterrupted trading resuming on January 2, it will be possible to gain an early indication of how Q1 2019 could unfold.

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