Trading Hours: Futures & Options - CME Group

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Although it is recommended to day trade futures within the high volume or official trading hours, there are some events especially black swans that can move the market significantly during the off market trading hours. Such periods see higher than usual trading volumes as trader interest increase in the product.

High Volume Trading Hours for Futures Markets

The economic reports, as one might know can vary from one futures asset to another, however depending on the timing of the release of the report, volumes can significantly increase. This is especially true when trading agriculture, softs and other commodity futures products.

Trading Hours & Market Holidays | 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗛𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀.𝗰𝗼𝗺

The above chart shows how trading volumes remained consistently high throughout November 9 th when the . presidential elections were held.

NYSE: Holidays and Trading Hours

The trading hours can also differ based on how the underlying markets operate. For example, if you were to trade gold futures, the underlying asset here would be the spot gold markets. Therefore, trading volume is evenly spread out throughout the day in the gold futures markets.

Depending on the markets you trade, the futures trading hours can shift around a bit. The following points are some of the key aspects to remember about the futures trading hours.

CME Group is the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace. The company is comprised of four Designated Contract Markets (DCMs). 
Further information on each exchange's rules and product listings can be found by clicking on the links to CME , CBOT , NYMEX and COMEX.

Build your trading muscle with no added pressure of the market. Explore TradingSim For Free Share Tweet Google Linkedin Reddit For a beginner to futures trading and sometimes even professional futures traders, keeping track of the trading hours for the various futures contracts can get a bit overwhelming especially when it comes to following the . futures trading hours on the futures markets of your choice. While it is easy to keep track of the trading hours for your favorite . futures trading assets, the moment you switch to a new asset, traders need to pay attention to the particular asset’s futures market trading hours.

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For products traded solely via CME ClearPort Clearing, the hours are as follows:
Sunday-Friday 5:55 . - 9:55 . Chicago Time/CT with a 65-minute break each day beginning at 9:55 . CT

The pre-market futures trading hours are 85-minutes prior to the underlying market open while the after-hours markets cover the trading period in the futures markets after the official cash markets are closed. Because the futures markets are open for much longer compared to the underlying market trading hours, especially in equities, the pre-markets and after hours trading is often slow with low trading volumes. Thus trading in the off-market hours can see the futures equivalent prices prone to gaps and at times big price spikes that are not uncommon to the futures markets.

For weather products traded solely via CME ClearPort Clearing, the hours are as follows:
Sunday-Friday 5:55 .- 9:55 . Chicago Time/CT with a maintenance break Monday – Thursday beginning at 9:55 . – 5:55 . Chicago Time/CT


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