Trading Hours

One of the advantages of forex trading is the ability to trade 24 hours a day, five days a week. As you circle the globe, one market opens as another closes. In Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) the markets open at 22:00 GMT on Sunday nights with the Asian Session (commonly referred to as the “Tokyo Session” as it represents the largest financial center in the region). The Asian Session covers a vast geographical area and carries into the European Session until 09:00 GMT. The European Session, or London Session as its commonly referred to, opens for trading at 08:00 GMT and closes at 17:00 GMT. The North American Session, or New York Session, opens at 13:00 GMT and closes at 22:00 GMT. Please note that you may experience wider spreads during unusual periods with extreme market conditions that have an adverse effect on liquidity.

The below graphic illustrates the hours when session opening times overlap with closing times. Session overlaps usually create the best trading opportunities as greater liquidity is available in the marketplace. Overlapping sessions generally experience higher volatility as this is when the largest volume of trading takes place.

The table below lists instruments and their corresponding trading hours in GMT to give a general idea of when to settle orders before a session closes. Daylight Savings Time (DST) is generally applicable in the autumn and spring, however it is not equally applied to all instruments. Please refer to your local time, any time changes, and note that regional holidays are not reflected in the table.

Market session hours in GMT according to instruments.

Forex Open Close Daily Break
Majors & Minors 21:00 Sunday / MT4 22:00 21:00 Friday
Exotic Currencies
Russian Ruble RUB 06:00 Weekdays 15:00 Weekdays
Chinese Yuan CNH 00:00 Monday 18:00 Friday
Commodities Open Close Daily Break
Wheat WHT 00:00 Weekdays 18:10 Weekdays 12:40 – 13:30
Corn CRN 00:00 Weekdays 18:10 Weekdays 12:40 – 13:30
Soybeans SOY 00:00 Weekdays 18:10 Weekdays 12:40 – 13:30
Cotton CTN 01:00 Weekdays 18:15 Weekdays
Coffee CFE 08:15 Weekdays 17:25 Weekdays
Sugar SGR 07:30 Weekdays 16:55 Weekdays
Cocoa CCO 08:45 Weekdays 17:25 Weekdays
Metals Open Close Daily Break
Gold XAU 22:00 Sunday 20:55 Friday 20:55- 22:00
Silver XAG 22:00 Sunday 20:55 Friday 20:55- 22:00
Palladium XPD 22:00 Sunday 20:55 Friday 20:55- 22:00
Platinum XPT 22:00 Sunday 20:55 Friday 20:55- 22:00
Copper CPR 22:00 Sunday 21:00 Friday 21:00 – 22:00
Energies Open Close Daily Break
WTI Crude OIL 22:00 Sunday 21:00 Friday 21:00 – 22:00
Brent Oil BRT 00:00 Weekdays 21:00 Weekdays
Heating Oil HEO 22:00 Sunday 21:00 Friday 21:00 – 22:00
Gas Oil GAS 00:00 Weekdays 21:00 Weekdays
Natural Gas NGS 22:00 Sunday 21:00 Friday 21:00 – 22:00
Indicies Open Close Daily Break
USD Index USX 22:00 Sunday / 00:00 Tuesday-Friday 20:55 Weekdays
US 500 SPI 22:00 Sunday 20:15 Friday 20:15 – 22:00
US 30 DOW 22:00 Sunday 20:15 Friday 20:15 – 22:00
US Tech NDQ 22:00 Sunday 20:15 Friday 20:15 – 22:00
UK 100 FTS 07:00 Weekdays 20:00 Weekdays
Germany 30 DAX 06:00 Weekdays 20:00 Weekdays
EU Stocks 50 ESX 06:00 Weekdays 19:55 Weekdays
France 40 CAC 06:00 Weekdays 20:00 Weekdays
Swiss 20 SWI 06:00 Weekdays 20:00 Weekdays
Australia ASX 23:50 Sunday 21:00 Weekdays 06:30 – 07:10 and 21:00 – 23:50
Japan 225 NKI 22:00 Sunday 21:00 Friday 21:00 – 22:00
Hong Kong 40 HSX 01:15 Weekdays 15:30 Weekdays 04:00 – 05:00 and 08:30 – 09:15
China 50 CNX 01:00 Weekdays 18:00 Mon-Thu/ 07:55 Friday 07:55 – 09:05
India 50 IND 01:00 Weekdays 18:00 Mon-Thu/ 10:10 Friday 10:10 – 11:15