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Holiday trading schedules for 2017 in U.S. and Canada for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays

Written By | Dec 22, 2017

WASHINGTON, December 22, 2017: It’s hard to believe, but we’re moving into the final holiday trading week for stocks and bonds in 2017. It’s been a wild and unexpectedly spectacular 2017 for a great many investors in America’s equities markets. Like President Trump, investors must be getting sick of all the winning.

Both the widely-followed Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI or DJIA) and the broader-based, more representative S&P 500 have hit record after record. That’s slightly over a year from now-President Trump’s astonishing victory celebration on November 9, 2016. That was also the day when – as noted in the Daily Caller – the New York Times’ brilliant pundit and “Pulitzer Prize-winning economist” – declared prior to the NYSE’s Tuesday opening bell:

“It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover?” Krugman said in his post. “If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never.”

“We are very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight,” he added. “I suppose we could get lucky somehow. But on economics, as on everything else, a terrible thing has just happened.”




We’ll consign that to the “Oh, well” Department as we do with much of Krugman’s Marxist gasbagging. Plus, lest we indulge in Krugman-like hubris, this year’s brilliant rally could always morph into 2018’s historic crash, particularly if you’re playing with Bitcoin and its equally murky cronies.

At any rate, holiday trading is winding down near the end of the year. With year-end festivities oncoming, sellers will likely dominate the thin, year-end market action. That’s because most investors will be putting little things like travel and family before this upcoming and always dubious action. Ergo, we can’t give too much credence what happens in 2017 from here on in, up or down.

But from a functional standpoint, here are the American and Canadian holiday trading schedules for equity trading as well as and settlement dates for Christmas and New Year’s Day (2018) in both countries as we close out a banner year for U.S. stocks. Enjoy these final trading days.

And Happy Holidays… umm, Merry Christmas to all.

2017 Christmas and New Years Holiday Trading Schedules for American and Canadian Equities Markets

Friday, December 22, 2017

  • Pre-Market Trading will take place at its standard time (8:00 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. ET).
  • These U.S. markets are open as normal: equity, option, and corporate bonds listed on an exchange.
  • All other U.S. fixed income markets will close early at 2:00 p.m. ET.
  • The After Hours Trading session will take place at its standard time (4:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET).
  • Canadian markets are open as normal.

Monday, December 25, 2017

  • U.S. markets are closed.
  • No Pre-Market or After Hours Trading.
  • Canadian markets are also closed. New good ‘til canceled (GTC) orders or changed GTC orders placed after the close of the U.S. Market on Friday, December 22, 2017 will route to the Canadian exchanges on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Day orders for Canadian stocks placed after the market close on Friday, December 22, 2017, will be cancelled out at the end of the business day on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. Dually listed Canadian stocks will trade in the U.S. markets on Tuesday, December 26, 2017.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

  • U.S. markets are open for business as usual.
  • Canadian markets are closed in observance of Boxing Day. Day orders for Canadian stocks will be cancelled out at the end of the business day. Any Canadian GTC orders placed after the close of the U.S. Market on Friday, December 22, 2017 will route to the Canadian exchanges on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Dually listed Canadian stocks will trade in the U.S. markets on Tuesday, December 26, 2017.

Friday, December 29, 2017

  • The Pre-Market Trading session will take place at its standard time (8:00 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. ET).
  • These U.S. markets are open as normal: equity, option, and corporate bonds listed on an exchange.
  • All other U.S. fixed income markets will close early at 2:00 p.m. ET.
  • The After Hours Trading session will take place at its standard time (4:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET).
  • Canadian markets are open as normal.

Monday, January 1, 2018



  • All U.S. markets are closed.
  • The Canadian markets are closed. Any new orders or change orders placed after the close of the U.S. Market on Friday, December 29, 2017 will route to the Canadian exchanges on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
  • Delayed Pricing Data: Due to holiday trading schedules and year-end bookkeeping and settlement data finalization, some brokerage firms might temporarily display previous business day pricing info with regard to positions, balances and so forth. Such delays should be temporary and will likely be correctly updated by the end of the trading day. Consult your individual brokerage house for details.

Settlement DatesI.e., when you must settle a trade or when money from a sale will be available to you from your brokerage house:

Trade Date Settlement Date
Thursday, December 21, 2017 Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Friday, December 22, 2017 Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Thursday, December 28, 2017 Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Friday, December 29, 2017 Wednesday, January 3, 2018

 

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 Senior 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