India Stock Market Timings
Last Updated: Jul - 23- 2018
In India, Stock market trading takes place on all days of the week (except Saturdays and Sundays and holidays declared by the Exchange in advance).
The market timings of the equities segment are:
|Pre-market||9 am to 9.15 am|
|Normal Trading||9:15 am to 3:30 pm|
|Post-market||3:40 pm to 4:00 pm|
Now, let us discuss all these sessions to further understand their importance in the stock market timings in India
The concept of pre-open session is to minimize the volatility of securities during the market opening every day i.e. 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM. This 15 minutes consists of mainly 3 slots.
- Order Collecting Period (9:00 AM to 9:08 AM) - During this period you can place the orders, modify or cancel them.
- Order Matching Period (9:08 AM to 9:12 AM) - During this period placed orders are confirmed. During this period you are unable to modify or cancel the placed orders.
- Buffer Period (9:12 AM to 9:15 AM) - This period facilitates smooth transition from pre-open to normal market session.
NORMAL TRADING SESSION
Normal Trading Session is the actual time where most of the trading takes place i.e. 9:15 AM to 3:30 PM. It follows bilateral matching session i.e. whenever buying price is equal to the selling price, the transaction is complete. Here transactions are as per price and time priority.
Orders placed in pre-market session gets shooted to exchange at the start of this trading session i.e 9.15 AM for execution.
POST MARKET SESSION
The post-market session or closing session is open from 3:40 PM to 4:00 PM. During this session, people can place buy/sell orders (delivery segment) at the market price, but do note that even if you place a market order it will be placed on the exchange at the closing price.
For example, if the closing price of Reliance at 3:30 PM is Rs. 900, between 3:40 PM and 4:00 PM, you can place market orders to buy/sell Reliance at market price (will be taken at Rs. 900).
NOTE: Pre-opening session and the Post-closing session is only for the cash market. There are no such sessions for future & options.
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