Your local drugstore may be open 24 hours, but when it comes to trading stocks, equity options, futures, and options on futures the hours vary. All times listed below are in Central Standard Time (Chicago time).
When are the markets open for trading?
- Pre-market session: 7:30 am to 8:30 am
- Regular trading session: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
- After-market session: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
To learn more about extended hours trading, please click here.
- Regular trading session: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm*
*Equity options do not trade during the pre-market or after-hours trading session. However, some equity options trade until 3:15 pm. To view a list of underlyings that trade up to 15-minutes after the bell, then please click here.
Futures & Options on Futures
Futures hours vary by product. The illustration below goes over the trading hours of each product. Trading hours for options on futures correspond with the underlying contract. In a nutshell, when the outright futures are available for trading that means the options are also available. To learn more about holiday hours, please click here.