Market Extra: When does the stock market close on Black Friday?

Traders are trying to shake off a tryptophan hangover following Thanksgiving on Thursday, when U.S. markets were closed.

However, the unlucky crew of traders, strategists and other market participants saddled with closing out this holiday-abbreviated week do have one reason to remain upbeat: an early Friday close.

The New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq will close at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

Overall, trading activity on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Friday afterward is usually a fraction of what it is during normal, non-holiday trading periods. Here’s a look at the average trading volumes since 2010 on the day before and after Turkey day (as well as July 4 and Christmas Eve), per Dow Jones Market Data:

Day before Christmas 3,486,116,775
Thanksgiving Wednesday 4,877,249,380
Thanksgiving Friday 2,996,009,726
Day before Fourth of July 4,897,229,542
2018 Average 6,957,383,885

For bond traders, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association recommend a 2 p.m.

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