Thanksgiving Holiday stock and bond trading schedule

Investors can trade on Black Friday, but settlement days and after-hours trading will be a bit different for the launch of the year-end holiday season.

Thanksgiving dinner spread. (Image via Wikipedia entry on Thanksgiving Dinner, CC 2.0)

WASHINGTON, November 23, 2016 – Since there will be little sensible action that investors—particularly long term investors—will want to take during the remainder of Thanksgiving Week, the next best thing we can do for you in today’s column is give you the general lowdown on how trading will work over the next few days. Here goes:


Thursday, November 24, 2016 (Thanksgiving Day): All U.S. markets (including equity, option, and fixed income) will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Day Federal holiday. (Ditto all Federally chartered banks.) No pre-market or after hours trading will take place, either.

Friday, November 25, 2016: Pre-market Trading session will open at the usual time. Pre-market hours: 8 a.m.-9:25 a.m. EST. However, U.S. equity, option, and listed corporate bond markets will close early at 1 pm EST, while all other fixed income markets will close at 2 p.m. EST. Given Friday’s early trading closure, after hours trading will take place from 1:15 p.m. – 5 p.m EST.

Read also: Stocks trading flat in light pre-Thanksgiving holiday action


Trade Date Settlement Date
Monday, November 21, 2016 Friday, November 25, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Monday, November 28, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Thursday, November 24, 2016: Canadian markets will trade as usual. But new orders or change orders placed after the close of the U.S. markets on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 will be routed to Canadian exchanges on Friday, November 25, 2016.

Friday, November 25, 2016: Canadian markets will trade as usual. But new orders or change orders placed after the early closure of U.S. markets on Friday, November 25, 2016 (see above) will route to Canadian exchanges on Monday, November 28, 2016.


Note: Rules at various brokerage houses may vary. If you have any questions concerning trade or settlement date, be sure to contact your broker for details.

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