Labor Day holiday trading hours on U.S., Canadian exchanges

With market volatility being what it is, and with a holiday weekend coming up, make sure you know when you can trade and when you can’t.

Vintage Labor Day Parade float, circa 1904. (Public domain)

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2015 – We’re back briefly this morning to remind you this morning that we have a national holiday—Labor Day—coming up on Monday. Given the violent whipsaw action we’ve seen in market over the past two weeks, we didn’t notice this incoming holiday until just this morning.

Given that trading will remain crazy, and perhaps even crazier given the long weekend where China and other market mischief-makers might have some fun while we in the U.S. can’t trade, it’s best to be aware of holiday trading rules each time a new holiday shows up.

Here are the particulars for Labor Day 2015 in the U.S. and Canada:

U.S.: On the Labor Day holiday Monday, all U.S. markets (equity, fixed income and options) will be closed to observe the holiday. Likewise on that day, there will be no pre-market or after-hours trading.

Canada: Canadians also celebrate the Labour Day holiday on Monday, albeit with a slightly different spelling. Canadian orders placed after the close of U.S. markets on Friday will be routed to the Canadian exchanges for execution on Tuesday.

Active traders should check with their brokers for any additional details. U.S. markets will resume regular trading on Tuesday.

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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