Opening and closing times of US stock exchanges

The two main stock exchanges for the US stock market are the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ. These exchanges keep the same opening and closing times – on UK time, that’s between 2.30pm and 9.00pm.

The NYSE and NASDAQ also don’t stop for lunch – so there’s six and a half hours of uninterrupted buying and selling throughout the day. With Moneybox, we trade stocks daily at 2.30pm, with orders being locked in at 12:00pm that same day. If you submit an order after 12:00pm, it’ll be processed the next working day. 

Exchange Standard opening hours (UK time)
New York Stock Exchange  2.30pm – 9.00pm Monday to Friday
NASDAQ 2.30pm – 9.00pm Monday to Friday


US public holidays and the stock market

The US has different public holidays to the UK, which means that the US stock market will sometimes be shut when the UK market is open. Here’s a rundown of the federal holidays in the US.

Holiday Date or day observed
New Year’s Day First working day after New Year’s Eve
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Third Monday in January
Washington’s Birthday Third Monday in February
Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Juneteenth 19 June
Independence Day 4 July
Labour Day First Monday in September
Thanksgiving Fourth Thursday in November
Christmas Day 25 December


How to buy US stocks from the UK

To buy US stocks from the UK, you’ll need to choose an investment provider – like Moneybox. We offer 20 of the biggest and best-known US stocks from leading sectors, including Apple, Amazon, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Tesla and more. Just remember, investments can go up or down in value, so you might get back less than you invest. That’s why it’s important to invest for more than five years, which gives your money time to recover from any dips along the way.


Explore our US stocks


Our range of US stocks is available exclusively to Moneybox Stocks & Shares ISA customers. With a Stocks & Shares ISA, you have an annual allowance of £20,000 to invest – and any profits you make are tax free.

Plus, we also offer a range of funds – including tracker funds for the healthcare, tech and property sectors – and exchange traded funds for regional economies, thematic investments, and more.

Open an ISA today to explore and invest in our range of US stocks. 


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