Trading Hours

Each market has its own trading hours. M4Markets allows you to trade the maximum hours available each day.

What are Trading Hours?

Trading Hours are dictated by the product and the exchanges they are traded in. M4Markets' server time is at GMT+2 or GMT+3 (when daylight savings is in effect). Trading hours for all currency pairs open on Monday at 00:05 server time and close on Friday at 23:57 server time, whereas the Metals open for trading on Monday at 01:00 server time and close on Friday at 23:57 server time. Clients can also view trading hours from within their MetaTrader trading terminal (for more info check the MT4 manual).

Regular

Market Hours

FOREX PAIRS DAILY TRADING HOURS (SERVER TIME)
ALL 00:05 TO 23:57 (MONDAY OPEN 00:05 AND FRIDAY CLOSE 23:57)

More Activity, More Possibilities

The forex market is open 24 hours a day, and it is important to know when the most active trading periods are. For instance, if we take a less active period between 5 pm – 7 pm EST, after New York closes and before Tokyo opens, Sydney will be open for trading but with more modest activity than the three major sessions (London, US, Tokyo). Consequently, less activity means less financial opportunity. If you want to trade currency pairs like EUR/USD, GBP/USD or USD/CHF, you will find more activity between 8 am – 12 am when both Europe and the United States are active.

Trading Sessions

For day traders, the most productive hours are between the opening of the London markets at 08:00 GMT and the closing of the US markets at 22:00 GMT. The peak time for trading is when the US and London markets overlap between 1 pm GMT – 4 pm GMT. The main sessions of the day are the London, US and Asian markets. Following is a brief overview of trading sessions that will help you make the most of the market:

  • LONDON SESSION – open between 8 am GMT – 5 pm GMT; EUR, GBP, USD are the most active currencies;
  • US SESSION – open between 1 pm GMT – 10 pm GMT; USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, JPY are the most active currencies;
  • ASIAN SESSION – opens at about 10 pm GMT on Sunday afternoon, goes into the European trading session at about 9 am GMT; not very suitable for day trading.

COMMODITIES MONDAY - THURSDAY FRIDAY
WTI_OIL 01:00 - 24:00 01:00 - 24:00
XAGEUR 01:00 - 24:00 01:00 - 23:45
XAGUSD 01:00 - 24:00 01:00 - 23:45
XAUEUR 01:00 - 24:00 01:00 - 23:45
XAUUSD 01:00 - 24:00 01:00 - 23:45
XPDUSD 01:00 - 24:00 01:00 - 23:45
XPTUSD 01:00 - 24:00 01:00 - 23:45
UKOIL 03:00 - 24:00 03:00 - 24:00

Indices MONDAY - THURSDAY FRIDAY
AUS200 01:50-8:30, 09:10-23:00 01:50-8:30, 09:10-23:00
DE30 09:00-23:00 09:00-23:00
HK50 04:15-07:00, 08:00-11:30, 12:15-22:00 04:15-07:00, 08:00-11:30, 12:15-22:00
ES35 09:00-21:00 09:00-21:00
F40 09:00-23:00 09:00-23:00
JP225 01:00-24:00 01:00-24:00
N25 09:00-23:00 09:00-23:00
STOXX50 09:00-23:00 09:00-23:00
SWI20 09:00-23:00 09:00-23:00
UK100* 01:00-23:15, 23:30-24:00 01:00-23:15, 23:30-24:00
USTEC 01:00-23:15, 23:30-24:00 01:00-23:15
US500 01:00-23:15, 23:30-24:00 01:00-23:15
DJ30 01:00-23:15, 23:30-24:00 01:00-23:15

*The UK100 opens on Mondays from 3:00 to 23:15

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