Stock market trading hours across the world

September 20, 2019
by Nick Alexander,

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With more than 24 time zones across the globe, financial markets can be trading at any given time.

Trading hours of the world’s major stock markets.

With more than 24 time zones across the globe, financial markets can be trading at any given time. Once the Australian and Asian markets are closed, a new session kicks off as the United States and Europe prepare to open. Most markets only operate on normal trading hours, on weekdays, while some markets offer pre-market and after-hours trading.


The Australian stock exchange (ASX) is based in Sydney and operates normal trading hours between 10am-4pm Australian eastern standard or daylight time. Pre-opening takes place between 7am-10am, where brokers can enter orders into the ASX Trade in preparation for the market opening. In this time, investors can also enter orders on-line, which are queued and traded upon opening. Overnight trading refers to trading during the ‘adjust phase’ between 4:12pm-5pm, where brokers can cancel or amend orders, etc. New orders are not taken in this time.

United States

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Nasdaq operates its core trading hours between 9:30am-4pm U.S. eastern time. This is after midnight in Sydney, Australia. Orders on the NYSE can be entered during a pre-opening session between 6:30am-9:30am U.S. eastern time. The Nasdaq opening schedule is earlier, with pre-market trading beginning at 4:00am U.S. eastern time.


The London Stock Exchange has slightly longer trading hours, operating between 8:00am-4:30pm. During Australian Daylight-Saving Time, London is 11-hours behind Sydney. Therefore, the London session kicks off at 7pm local time.

The Euronext Paris Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Xetra) is open between 09:00am-5:30pm. France and Germany are an hour ahead of London, due to different time zones.


The Tokyo Stock Exchange (TYO) in Japan is the biggest stock exchange in Asia, and home to the Nikkei 225. The TYO is open between 9:00am-3:00pm on weekdays with a lunch break between 11:30am-12:30pm. Most stock markets in Asia close for lunch whilst the rest of the world continuously trades between from the opening bell to the closing bell.

The Hang Seng Index trades on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (SEKH). This exchange opens between 9:30am-4:00pm with a 90-minute lunch break between midday to 1:30pm. There’s a pre-opening session between 9:00am-9:30am and a closing auction session between 4:00pm-4:10pm.

In Shanghai, the Composite Index trades on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The exchange is open Monday to Friday, between 9:30am-3:00pm with a 90-minute lunch break between 11:30am-1:00pm. The Shenzhen Stock Exchange is China’s second independently-operated exchange, trading the same hours as the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

All times are AEST.