The Stock Market day is actually somewhat misinterpreted when it comes to what people believe as the norm for trading. Though most people think that the market opens at 9:30 AM and closes at 4:00 PM, there is also pre-market and after-market hours. The Pre-Market hours are from 8:00 AM until 9:30 AM EDT, and the After-Market hours are from 4:00 PM until 6:30 PM EDT. Though the trading is significantly lighter during these pre and post market hours, there is still room for price movement. If you have ever looked at a stock chart and seen a gap in the lines (for basic understanding), that represents trading which occured either after hours or pre hours or both. Stock Charts only display the day’s activity from 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM. So in summary:
- The Market Opens at 9:30 AM EDT
- The Market Closes at 4:00 PM EDT
- The Pre-Hours Market goes from 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM EDT
- The After-Hours Market goes from 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
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