U.S. and Canada: July 4 Holiday stock and bond trading hours

Hooray for the U.S.A.! And a welcome break in this summer’s already volatile stock and bond market action. Enough Wall Street fireworks already!

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WASHINGTON, July 1, 2016 – The Maven has returned to Washington after a weeklong holiday of virtually zero connectivity in Ohio’s Amish Country. Ohio’s connectivity is spotty in many places at best, with long latency times making it tough to stay abreast of things. So we’ll catch up on matters today while readying for an in-place Independence Day holiday weekend that will find U.S. markets closed on Monday, the Fourth of July.

For stock and bond traders, here are the details:

U.S. Bond Markets:

U.S. bond markets will close early today at 2 p.m. EDT, Friday, July 1, 2016. Bond orders entered at most if not all U.S. brokerage firms after 2 p.m. today, will be entered as of the next official business day, July 5, 2016.

U.S. Stock Markets:

Trading will occur as per usual today, Friday, July 1, 2016, including pre- and after-market trading hours. However, on Monday, July 4, 2016, all U.S. equity, option and bond markets (as per the above) will be closed for the Independence Holiday, including pre- and after-market trading. Remember that for regular-way settlement of trades, July 4 will not count as a business day, effectively meaning that trades settled regular-way will take an “extra” business day to settle.

Canadian Stock and Bond Markets:

Canada doesn’t celebrate July 4 as a holiday. But they do celebrate their own Canada Day Holiday today, July 1, 2016. All Canadian markets are closed today in observance of the holiday. Orders for Canadian securities placed today will route to U.S. exchanges, assuming that such securities do trade on American exchanges. If no market for a given Canadian security is available today, day orders will be canceled at the end of the day


If in doubt concerning any of the above information, be sure to check with your broker today during normal business hours, as some rules and customs may vary from brokerage to brokerage.

Meanwhile, here’s wishing a happy Canada Day to our Canadian friends, and a happy (and non-volatile) Independence Day for our U.S. readers.

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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