Stock Market Opening and Closing Times
See what difference a day makes in spread betting, as Finspreads demonstrates when some key indices become available to trade during a 24 hour spell. All times GMT.
In France, the CAC 40 market hours commence. The CAC is an index of 40 companies listed on the Paris Bourse. Along with the FTSE 100, DAX, and Dow Jones Index, it is one of the most popular indices in spread betting.
As the Hong Kong index closes, the FTSE 100 and DAX both open for trading. As London is the financial centre of Europe, the FTSE is seen as Europe’s most important index. The DAX is an index of 30 selected German blue chip stocks which are traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
DAX market hours close in Germany. On the other side of the Pacific, the Dow Jones Index opens for trading. The ‘Dow’ is an American index based on 30 large publicly owned companies.
The FTSE closes for business after eight and a half hours of trading.
In France the CAC closes, ten hours and 15 minutes after opening at 7:00.
After 7 hours of trading, the US Dow Jones closes for the day.
On the other side of the world, the Australia 200 opens in Sydney. As the name suggests, this index is an average of the top 200 stocks in Australia.
In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 opens. This is the most widely quoted average of Japanese equities, and it is updated every 15 seconds during market hours.
As the Hang Seng index of Hong Kong stocks opens, the Nikkei 225 closes.
After closing for 90 minutes at 2:00, the Nikkei 225 re-opens in Tokyo.
The Australia 200 closes, 6 hours after opening.
The Japanese Nikkei 225 closes following a total of 4.5 hours of trading.
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'Stock Market Opening and Closing Times' edited by DB, updated 13-May-13
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