A:

Similar to most businesses, the major stock markets in North America are open for trading on normal business days only (Monday to Friday, not on holidays). In terms of holidays, both the NYSE and the Nasdaq have very similar schedules to that of the federal government's holiday schedule with a few exceptions:

-Neither the Nasdaq nor NYSE is closed on Veterans' day and Columbus Day (or a day in lieu of it).
-Unlike government offices, the Nasdaq and NYSE are closed on Good Friday.

Therefore, these exchanges are closed for trading on the following holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
Presidents' Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

For the complete lists of the specific days when the NYSE and Nasdaq are closed, see the NYSE Group holiday and hours page and the Nasdaq trading schedule.

For all investors and traders with positions in foreign stocks, keep in mind that not all countries have the same holidays and foreign stocks may continue to trade on days that the U.S. markets are closed and vice versa.

For example, since Canadian Thanksgiving day is a different day compared to the American Thanksgiving (the second Monday in October compared to the fourth Thursday in November), all Canadian listed stocks on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) would not be trading on Canadian Thanksgiving, but would continue trading on American Thanksgiving.

For more information on stock exchanges, see Getting to Know Stock Exchanges.

RELATED FAQS

  1. Why would a corporation issue convertible bonds?

    Discover how corporations issue convertible bonds to take advantage of much lower interest rates as a result of a conversion ...
  2. What is the difference between shares outstanding and floating stock?

    Learn about shares outstanding, floating stock, how to calculate a company's floating stock and the difference between shares ...
  3. What is the difference between market risk premium and equity risk premium?

    Read about the differences between equity-risk premium and market-risk premium, two similar concepts that refer to risk-adjusted ...
  4. What is the difference between the QQQ ETF and other indexes?

    Find out more about the PowerShares QQQ Trust, the index the QQQ tracks, and the difference between QQQ, the SPY and Nasdaq ...
RELATED TERMS
  1. Market Value

    The price an asset would fetch in the marketplace. Market value ...
  2. Bulldog Market

    A nickname for the foreign bond market of the United Kingdom. ...
  3. Float Shrink

    A reduction in the number of a publicly traded company’s shares ...
  4. Capital Strike

    A refusal of businesses to invest in a particular sector of the ...
  5. Gray Market

    An unofficial market where securities are traded. Gray (or “grey”) ...
  6. Floating Stock

    The number of shares available for trading of a particular stock.

You May Also Like

Related Articles
  1. Investing

    How Nasdaq Makes Money

  2. Investing

    How The NYSE Makes Money

  3. Fundamental Analysis

    What are some examples of Cash Flow ...

  4. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Which ETF is the Best Bet: VTI or IWV?

  5. Economics

    Canadian Oil Sands: Only Lucrative At ...

Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!