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After Hours Trading: What It Is, How It Works & Who Offers It

September 3, 2021

What After-Hours Trading Is

After-hours trading is any trading that occurs between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. EST, although trading volumes typically dry up long before 8 p.m. Electronic communications networks handle after-hours trading, pairing sellers with buyers instead of through a stock exchange.

Pre-market trading usually takes place between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. EST, although it can start as early as 4 a.m., depending on the exchange and brokerage.

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