2013 year-end stock and bond trading schedules

Two short trading weeks make for volatility and opportunity. Photo: Douglas Rahden/Wikipedia

WASHINGTON, December 24, 2013 – Wall Street, like many other institutions, starts Christmas early this year with a short trading day today. Aside from a few really bad days so far, traders are entitled to the holiday, it would seem, as a major Santa Claus rally has been the predominant feature of December 2013. We’ll see if Mr. Market is prepared to wrap things up that way, but that outcome is in the future right now. 

As for the present, trading through year-end is likely to remain volatile but full of nimble trading opportunities due to the typically thin trading that occurs this time of year. So travel at your own risk. If you expect to be out of touch for a few days, make sure you have stops in place or are reasonably certain that your positions might not move much between now and when you return from your long winter’s (market) nap.

Meanwhile, as a Market Maven public service, here’s an abbreviated version of the stock and bond trading schedule through the end of 2013, punctuated as it is by a pair of holidays and a pair of short trading days: 

2013 Year-end Trading Schedule 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • Trading in U.S. equity, option, and exchange-listed corporate bonds will close early at 1 p.m. EST.
  • All other fixed income markets will close at 2 p.m. EST.
  • Canadian markets will also close early at 1 p.m. EST. For details on Good ‘Til Canceled (GTC) orders check U.S. and Canadian trading hours and settlement details through your brokerage firm.
  • International traders: Different hours and settlement details likely in force. Consult your brokerage for details on these markets.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

  • U.S. and Canadian markets are closed for Christmas.
  • U.S. banks are also closed for a Federal bank holiday. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • U.S. markets are open during normal hours (9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. EST).
  • Canadian markets are closed for Boxing Day, a national holiday. For orders and settlement times for trades involving Canadian markets, check with your brokerage for details. 

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Friday, December 27, 2013

  • U.S. markets open for normal trading hours. 

Monday, December 30, 2013

  • U.S. markets open for normal trading hours. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Trading in U.S. equity, option, and exchange-listed corporate bonds will close early at 1 p.m. EST.
  • All other fixed income markets will close at 2 p.m. EST.
  • Canadian markets open as normal. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2013

  • All U.S. and Canadian markets are closed. Check with your brokerage regarding settlement dates for GTC orders.
  • For international traders, check with your brokerage for details. 

Also note this important news: The Maven celebrates (somewhat ruefully) his 65th birthday today. To compensate, he’s taking a year-end holiday from this column unless, of course, some earth shattering market news happens to surface. 

Meanwhile, here’s wishing our readers and their families the Merriest of Christmases and/or the Happiest of Holidays. 

Read more of Terry’s news and reviews at Curtain Up! in the Entertain Us neighborhood of the Washington Times Communities. For Terry’s investing and political insights, visit his Communities columns, The Prudent Man and Morning Market Maven, in Business.

 


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Now writing on investing, politics, music, movies and theater for the Washington Times Communities, Terry was formerly the longtime music and culture critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2009) before moving online with Communities in 2010.  

 

 

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