The Tell: When do markets close for Thanksgiving?

November 19
13:04 2017

Investors have many things to be thankful for this year: global equities had risen in every single month this year, while every major economy continues to expand.

Perhaps U.S. investors can pause and reflect on gains and potential risks ahead in a holiday-shortened week.

The S&P 500 SPX, -0.26%  and Dow industrials DJIA, -0.43%  head into the holiday week near record territory, having gained 15% year to date.

U.S. financial markets will be completely shut down on Thursday in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, with early closes in store for Friday.

The tradition of closing markets early the day after Thanksgiving goes back to 1992 and most traders expect about half of normal trading volumes on Friday.

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Black Friday is the official start to the holiday shopping season, with many retailers offering bargains for those looking for Christmas presents.

The New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq will close at 1 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, while the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association recommends a 2 p.m. Eastern close for bond markets.

Other international markets will be open. Currency markets that trade 24 hours will be open, though volumes are expected to be much lower both on Thursday and Friday.

Futures and options trading on CME Group exchangeswill be halted on Thursday and close early on Friday.

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