Christmas Forex Trading Hours 2016


Christmas is coming up, marking a time for reflection on the year gone and year ahead. For traders it is a signal to leave the market, while others chose to remain. If you are still planning to trade during this merry period, make sure to look over the Christmas Forex Trading hours 2016.

16 December, AtoZForexThe world anxiously waits for the President-Elect Donald Trump’s next four years in power. Until Donald Trump has officially taken over the White House, traders have to be careful. Meanwhile, the single 2016 Fed rate hike got confirmed this week and the markets are entering into the festive occasion of Christmas.

In advance of the Christmas holidays, scroll down and please make yourself aware of the Christmas Forex trading hours 2016, along with the closing hours of the Exchanges. Looking ahead, traders will also need to plan for January. They can do so by checking the 2017 New Year Trading hours.

What are the Christmas Forex Trading hours 2016?

This year Christmas falls on a Sunday. For traders this means that starting from the Friday the 23rd of December, the trading hours of some financial instruments are limited. However, in overall the Forex trading hours remain normal on next Friday.

Friday, 23 December
Forex Currency Pairs All Pairs Normal Trading Hours
Commodity CFDs Gold, Silver, US Crude, US Natural Gas Normal Trading Hours
US Brent from 03:00 till 19:30
Index CFDs Australia 200 from 01:00 till 5:30
UK 100 from 01:00 till 14:30
Europe 50, France 40, Germany 30, Germany 30(mini), Japan225, US SPX500, US SPX500(mini), US Tech100, US Tech100(mini), Wall Street30, Wall Street30(mini) Normal Trading Hours

Meanwhile, the national holiday in the UK, Boxing day falls this year on Monday. Despite most brokers will open up their services again for traders, the second day of Christmas does pose different trading hours for a number of financial instruments.

Monday, 26 December
Forex Currency Pairs All Pairs Normal Trading Hours
Commodity and Index CFDs All specfied CFDs Trading Closed
Tuesday, 27 December
Forex Currency Pairs All Pairs Normal Trading Hours
Commodity and Index CFDs Australia and UK100 Trading Closed
Other CFDs Normal Trading Hours

Christmas Stock Exchanges opening hours

Friday 23 December

Aside the Christmas Forex trading hours 2016, below stock traders can find the opening hours of exchanges for Friday 23 December 2016. The times given are the local exchange times. Please check your individual brokers for more detailed timings for the instruments you are trading.

Day Date Year Exchanges Symbol Open/Close times
Friday 23-Dec 2016 Irish Stock Exchange ISE Early Close 12:30
Johannesburg Stock Exchange JSE Early Close 12:00
London Stock Exchange (Indices) LSE Early Close 12:35
London Stock Exchange (ETFs) LSE_ETF Early Close 12:35
London Stock Exchange (IOB) LSE_INTL Early Close 12:40
London Stock Exchange LSE_SETS Early Close 12:35
Tokyo Stock Exchange TYO Emperor’s Birthday

Monday 26 December

On Monday 26 December 2016, we share the following information.

Day Date Year Exchanges Symbol Open/Close times
Monday 26-Dec 2016 NYSE MKT (American Stock Exchange) AMEX Christmas Day OBS
Euronext Amsterdam AMS Christmas Holiday
Australian Securities Exchange ASX Christmas Day OBS
Athens Exchange AT Christmas Holiday
Euronext Brussels BRU Christmas Holiday
Budapest Stock Exchange BUD Christmas
NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen CSE Boxing Day
Deutsche Borse (Frankfurt Floor) FFT Boxing Day
Deutsche Börse (XETRA) FSE Boxing Day
Hong Kong Exchanges HKEX Christmas Holiday
NASDAQ OMX Helsinki HSE Boxing Day
Irish Stock Exchange ISE St. Stephen’s Day
Johannesburg Stock Exchange JSE Day of Goodwill
Euronext Lisbon LISB Christmas Holiday
London Stock Exchange (Indices) LSE Christmas OBS
London Stock Exchange (ETFs) LSE_ETF Christmas OBS
London Stock Exchange (IOB) LSE_INTL Christmas OBS
London Stock Exchange LSE_SETS Christmas OBS
Borsa Italiana/Milan Stock Exchange MIL St. Stephen’s Day
NASDAQ NASDAQ NM Christmas Day OBS
NASDAQ (Small cap) NASDAQ SC Christmas Day OBS
New York Stock Exchange NYSE Christmas OBS
New York Stock Exchange (ARCA) NYSE_ARCA Christmas OBS
OTC Markets Group (Pink Sheets) OOTC Christmas Day OBS
Oslo Børs/Oslo Stock Exchange OSE Boxing Day
Euronext Paris PAR Christmas Holiday
Prague Stock Exchange PRA No information
Singapore Exchange SGX-ST Christmas Day OBS
BME Spanish Exchanges SIBE Christmas Holiday
NASDAQ OMX Stockholm SSE Boxing Day
NASDAQ OMX Stockholm (First North) SSE_FN Boxing Day
SIX Swiss Exchange SWX St. Stephen’s Day
SIX Swiss Exchange (ETFs) SWX_ETF St. Stephen’s Day
Toronto Stock Exchange TSE Christmas Day OBS
TSX Venture Exchange TSX Christmas Day OBS
Wiener Börse/Vienna Stock Exchange VIE St. Stephen’s Day
SIX Swiss Exchange (Blue-Chip) VX St. Stephen’s Day
Warsaw Stock Exchange WSE Christmas Holiday
Deutsche Börse (Indices & ETF’s) XETR_ETF Boxing Day
Deutsche Börse (XETRA Stars) XETR_STARS Boxing Day

Tuesday 27 December

As Christmas falls on a Sunday, an extra holiday to cater for this has been added. Also, Tuesday 27 December 2016 is a public holiday in most places. Below, we share the following information regarding the exchanges closing hours for the remainder of December 2016.

Day Date Year Exchanges Symbol Open/Close times
Tuesday 27-Dec 2016 Australian Securities Exchange ASX Boxing Day OBS
Hong Kong Exchanges HKEX Christmas Day OBS
Irish Stock Exchange ISE In lieu of Christmas Day
Johannesburg Stock Exchange JSE Christmas Day
London Stock Exchange (Indices) LSE Boxing Day OBS
London Stock Exchange (ETFs) LSE_ETF Boxing Day OBS
London Stock Exchange (IOB) LSE_INTL Early Close 00:00
London Stock Exchange LSE_SETS Boxing Day OBS
Toronto Stock Exchange TSE Boxing Day OBS
TSX Venture Exchange TSX Boxing Day OBS
Friday 30-Dec 2016 Australian Securities Exchange ASX Early Close 14:21
Irish Stock Exchange ISE Early Close 12:30
Johannesburg Stock Exchange JSE Early Close 12:00
London Stock Exchange (Indices) LSE Early Close 12:35
London Stock Exchange (ETFs) LSE_ETF Early Close 12:35
London Stock Exchange (IOB) LSE_INTL Early Close 12:40

These are general guidelines, to the normal trading hours during the holiday period. Hence, your broker might have slightly different trading hours. Therefore, AtoZ Forex encourages you to contact your broker for more clarity. Inform yourself in regards to the trading times of specific instruments you wish to trade.

Lastly, to all who celebrate or don’t celebrate Christmas, AtoZ Forex and all its staff, would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone and their families a very Merry Xmas and Prosperous Happy New Year for 2017.

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