Market Holidays 2015

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) together with the NASDAQ Stock Market are the two prominent U.S. stock exchanges that are widely considered to be "the stock market." Both stock exchanges observe the same holiday schedule, which appears below for the year 2015.

The U.S. bond market is less centralized than the stock market -- bond market holiday closures are not enforced, rather, recommended* by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).

All times appearing below are quoted in Eastern Standard Time (-5).


 

2015 Market Holidays and Half-Days

New York Stock Exchange

NASDAQ

SIFMA (Bond Market)*

New Year's Eve -- December 31, 2014 OPEN OPEN REC. 2:00 P.M. CLOSE
New Year's Day -- January 1, 2015 CLOSED CLOSED REC. CLOSE
Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- January 19, 2015 CLOSED CLOSED REC. CLOSE
Washington's Birthday -- February 16, 2015 CLOSED CLOSED REC. CLOSE
Thursday -- April 2, 2015 OPEN OPEN OPEN
Good Friday -- April 3, 2015 CLOSED CLOSED REC. 12 P.M. CLOSE
Friday -- May 22, 2015 OPEN OPEN REC. 2:00 P.M. CLOSE
Memorial Day -- May 25, 2015 CLOSED CLOSED REC. CLOSE
Friday -- July 3, 2015 CLOSED CLOSED REC. CLOSE
Saturday -- Independence Day -- July 4, 2015 CLOSED CLOSED REC. CLOSE
Labor Day -- September 7, 2015 CLOSED CLOSED REC. CLOSE
Columbus Day -- October 12, 2015 OPEN OPEN REC. CLOSE
Veteran's Day -- November 11, 2015 OPEN OPEN REC. CLOSE
Thanksgiving Day -- November 26, 2015 CLOSED CLOSED REC. CLOSE
Friday -- November 27, 2015 OPEN TIL 1:00 P.M. OPEN TIL 1:00 P.M. REC. 2:00 P.M. CLOSE
Christmas Eve Day -- December 24, 2015 OPEN TIL 1:00 P.M. OPEN TIL 1:00 P.M. REC. 2:00 P.M. CLOSE
Christmas Day -- December 25, 2015 CLOSED CLOSED REC. CLOSE
New Year's Eve Day -- December 31, 2015 OPEN OPEN REC. 2:00 P.M. CLOSE
New Year's Day -- January 1, 2016 CLOSED CLOSED REC. CLOSE

 

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Sources: NYSE EURONEXT and NASDAQ OMX and SIFMA.





Narrative of 2015 Market Holidays:


The U.S. stock and bond markets are closed on New Year's Day. The stock and bond markets are also closed on MLK day and Washington's birthday (also known as President's Day). The bond market closes early the day before Good Friday, but the stock market is open. Stock and bond markets are closed on Good Friday. The bond market closes early on the Friday before Memorial Day, but the stock market is open. The stock and bond markets are closed on Memorial Day.

The bond market is open the day before the 4th of July, but the stock market closes early. The stock and bond markets are closed on July 4th and are closed on Labor Day. The stock market is open on Columbus Day but the bond market is closed. The stock market is open on Veteran's day but the bond market is closed. The stock and bond markets are closed on Thanksgiving and close early the day after Thanksgiving.

The stock and bond markets close early on Christmas Eve day and are closed on Christmas. The stock market is open on New Year's Eve day but the bond market closes early.

For all other holidays not listed here, it should be assumed that the stock and bond markets are open. Please note that this calendar only accounts for planned holiday closures, stock and bond exchanges may close for other circumstances (such as extreme weather events).


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Stock Market Holidays -- FAQ:


Is the stock market closed on Columbus Day?
No, the stock market is open on Columbus Day.

Is the stock market closed on Veterans Day?
No, the stock market is open on Veterans Day.

Is the stock market closed on Election Day?
No, the stock market is open on Election Day.

Is the stock market closed the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday)?
No, the stock market is open until 1 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Is the stock market closed on Rosh Hashanah?
No, the U.S. stock market is open during Rosh Hashanah (though the Tel Aviv stock market is closed). Interestingly, some traders believe that you should sell stocks on Rosh Hashanah and buy them back on Yom Kippur.

Is the stock market closed on Yom Kippur?
No, the U.S. stock market is open during Yom Kippur (though the Tel Aviv stock market is closed). Interestingly, some traders believe that you should sell stocks on Rosh Hashanah and buy them back on Yom Kippur.

Is the stock market closed on Easter Monday?
No, the U.S. stock market is open on Easter Monday, though several European stock exchanges are closed.

Is the stock market closed on Boxing Day?
No, under normal circumstances, the U.S. stock market is open on Boxing Day (the day after Christmas), though the London, Toronto and Australian stock exchanges are closed. However, it's worth noting that the Christmas holiday may be observed by U.S. exchanges on Boxing Day when Dec. 25 falls on a weekend (such as in 2011).

Why does the stock market observe "Washington's Birthday" rather than "President's Day?"
According to the New York Stock Exchange website, "Washington's Birthday was first declared a federal holiday by an 1879 act of Congress. The Monday Holiday Law, enacted in 1968, shifted the date of the commemoration of Washington's Birthday from February 22 to the third Monday in February, but neither that law nor any subsequent law changed the name of the holiday from Washington's Birthday to President's Day. Although the third Monday in February has become popularly known as President's Day, the NYSE's designation of Washington's Birthday as an Exchange holiday (Rule 51) follows the form of the federal holiday outlined above (section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code)."