Shortened stock trading hours on Good Friday

Shortened stock trading hours on Good Friday

Wall Street maintains its historic and decidedly un-PC traditions this week with shortened trading hours on Good Friday. Here are the details.

The Lamentation at the Tomb.
On Friday night, the Matins of Holy and Great Saturday, a unique service known as The Lamentation at the Tomb (Epitáphios Thrēnos) is celebrated. (Photo via Wikipedia, of Greek Orthodox ceremony)

CLEVELAND, March 31, 2015 − It’s been refreshing up here in Northern Ohio to see that the time-honored tradition of Friday Lenten fish fries is still running at full blast. This proves that the entire U.S. has not yet been fully transformed into the Godless Secular City the East and West Bank coastal cognoscenti imagine it should be when the nation finally achieves their utopian, fundamentally transformed ideal.

That said, the Maven has always been impressed that on each and every Good Friday since heaven knows when, Wall Street traders − individuals, institutions and robber barons alike − take a brief time-out from their neverending, headlong pursuit of wealth. We’d like to think the reason behind the persistence of this observation is purely spiritual, but we know better. At this point, it’s probably just tradition.

Practically speaking, as on any holiday during the year, U.S. markets in stocks, options and bonds have to adjust trading hours and settlement dates accordingly, so here are the pertinent details for end-of-week trading this week:


All equity and option markets will be closed in observance of Good Friday. In addition, there will be no pre-market or after-hours trading sessions. Some brokerage houses may be open for normal business hours, but trading will not take place.

Bond trading: U.S. Treasury markets will close early at noon EDT on Friday. All other fixed income markets will be closed in observance of Good Friday.

Canadian markets will be closed in observance of Good Friday. Canadian equity orders placed after the close of U.S. markets on Thursday will route to the Canadian exchanges on Monday.

Details at your brokerage may vary, so check with your broker for more specific information.

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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17