To line up a stock order during the pre-market or after-hours session, all you need to do is select EXT in the Time-in-Force (TIF) drop-down menu in the order ticket. EXT orders can only be a Limit order. Additionally, stop-orders are not active during the pre-market or after-hours trading session. Extended hour trading is only available for stocks/ETFs, you cannot place an extended hour trade on equity options.
Extended Hours Trading Session (Chicago time)
Our extended hour session is an hour before the open and an hour after the close
Pre-Market Trading Session: 7:30 am to 8:30 am Central Time.
After Hours Trading Session: 3:00 pm to *4:00 pm Central Time.
*These hours also pertain to orders by phone, e-mail, or chat to our trade desk.
Extended hours trades entered during the pre-market or normal trading session (8:30 am to 3:00 pm) will continue to work and expire at 4:00 pm the day it was entered. Also, please be aware that stop orders do not carry over into extended hours.
Lastly, you may experience the following, but not limited to, when trading during extended hours:
- Lower liquidity
- Higher volatility
- Price changes due to news announcements, such as earnings.
- Wider spreads
*Please Note: Options do not trade during extended hours, except for a handful of ETF options that trade until 3:15 pm, or 15-minutes after the close of the market.
Are you wondering how to line up a buy or sell order for stocks in the Desktop or Mobile Platform? If so, click here for our Desktop Platform Quick Guide or click here for our Mobile Platform Quick Guide.
When in Stock mode, toggle Extended Hours.
When in Stock mode, select EXT as your Time-In-Force (TIF).