The stock market consists of major stock exchanges like the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, which facilitate transactions between buyers and sellers of stock shares. The stock market is closed on all weekends and federal U.S. holidays. It is open from Monday morning through Friday afternoon, with a few exceptions when the market closes early before a holiday.

Typical Hours

The stock market is open for regular trading typically from 9:30 a.m. Eastern time on Monday morning through 4:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday. The exchanges are normally open for pre-market and after-hours trading for major account holders with such trading access. However, no trading takes place between the close of after-hours trading on Friday and the opening of pre-market trading on Monday.