Many people want to invest their savings in the share market, but they don’t plan on quitting their daily job to pursue their careers in this industry.

According to the research, a majority of traders spend only a couple of hours on intra-day trading. One of the major advantages of the share market is the flexibility it offers.

There is no denying that the share market is infamous for its volatility. The price of the stocks fluctuates every single minute.

It is possible that the value of the shares you purchased for a low price doubles in 2-3 days. There are many factors that can affect your investment. Take trading time, for example.

The Best Timing for Share Trading

Trading is different from investment in the sense that the former does not require the individual to hold on to the investment for years. They can rather participate in intra-day trading and sell the shares on the same day to make quick profits.

In other words, trading involves the purchase and sale of shares within a pre-determined period. Now, as the name suggests, day-trading happens to have the shortest turnaround. In day-trading, the shares are sold in days and even hours.

This leads us to an important question “Is there the best day or week to purchase stocks”? Or, do we have the best time of the year to make share investment?

First of all, it is important for traders to learn about stock trading time. In India, we have two major stock exchanges, i.e. BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) and NSE (National Stock Exchange).

Stock Exchange Opening and Closing Time

Note that the timings for the stock market start at 9:15 in the morning to 3:30 PM. It is open from Monday to Friday. That means the investors get an opportunity to buy and sell their shares on the stock exchanges from 9:15 to 3:30. This was about stock trading.

Now, the timing for the commodity market is different. The commodity trading time starts at 10 AM. It stays open until 11:30 PM. That means you get a longer time for investing in the commodity market.

Stock markets are not open on weekends. Another important thing to note is that the market stays closed on the national holidays.

You could check out the list of the holidays to get a clear idea of the days when the stock exchanges will be closed. The interesting part is that the stock market and exchanges do not have tea and lunch breaks. The market operates continuously.

The stock market timing in our country can be classified into the following types:

  1. Normal Trading
  2. Pre-opening session
  3. Closing session
  4. Post-closing session

Normal trading time is when a majority of the stock trading transactions take place. As mentioned above in the post, it starts at 9:15 AM and ends at 3:30 PM.  The preopening session, as the name implies, starts a few minutes before the normal trading time.

It is from 9 AM to 9:15 PM. For the first few minutes of the pre-opening session, the investors are allowed to buy and sell securities. They could also cancel their order during this time. Most investors stick to the normal trading timing rather than buying shares during the pre-opening duration.

Now, 10 minutes post the closing of the stock exchanges is considered as the post-closing session. You could purchase and sell securities at a closing price given that a trader is available during these hours.

Note that the pre and post-opening sessions are for the cash market only. They are not available for futures’ and options’ traders.

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