The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), along with the NASDAQ Stock Market, are the two most prominent U.S. stock exchanges. Both of these follow the same holiday schedule.
The U.S. bond market does not necessarily share the same holidays, however, these are recommended by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).
Overview of 2014 Market Holidays
The U.S. stock and bond markets start the year by being closed on New Year’s Day. From there, both markets are also closed on Martin Luther King Day as well as President’s Day. While the stock market is open the day before Good Friday, the bond market shuts down early. Both are closed on Good Friday itself.
The stock market is open on the Friday before Memorial Day, while the bond market closes early on this day. The stock and bond markets both close on Memorial Day.
The bond market remains open the day before the fourth of July, but the stock market closes early. Both markets are closed on the fourth of July as well as Labor Day. The bond market is also closed on Columbus Day, but the stock market is open.
On Veterans Day, the stock market is open but the bond market is closed. Both markets are closed on Thanksgiving, and both close early on the Friday following Thanksgiving.
Both markets close early on Christmas Eve and are closed on Christmas day. The stock market is open on New Year’s Eve, with the bond market closing early.
For all other holidays, you can assume that the stock and bond markets will remain open. It is important to note that these closures only account for planned holidays. There are other circumstances, such as extreme weather, that could lead to closures.
Stock Market Holidays: Frequently Asked Questions
Is the stock market closed on Columbus Day? No, it remains open.
Is the stock market closed on Veterans Day? No, it remains open.
Is the stock market closed on Election Day? No, it remains open.
Is the stock market closed the day after Thanksgiving? No, but it does close at 1 p.m. on the Friday following Thanksgiving.
Is the stock market closed on Yom Kippur? No, it remains open.
Is the stock market closed on Easter Monday? No, the U.S. stock market remains open, however, there are several European stock exchanges that are closed.
There are many holidays that call for the complete closure of the major U.S. stock markets. As an investor or trader, it is important to be aware of these holidays.