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Is the stock market open on Good Friday? Here are the asset trading exchanges closed today and on Easter Monday

Sifma recommended that the bond market close early on Thursday and for the full day on Good Friday

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By Mark DeCambre and Chris Matthews, MarketWatch


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The NYSE is closed for Good Friday

It won’t be your typical Easter, or Passover, on Wall Street, in the era of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has forced a global shutdown of businesses and caused governments to impose social-distancing measures to curb its spread.

But, as is traditional, U.S. exchanges on Friday will be closed in observance of Good Friday, and those in Europe will also be closed for Easter Monday. The action on Wall Street is also likely to be more subdued with Passover starting Wednesday evening and ending the evening of April 16.

President Donald Trump had set Easter Sunday as a “beautiful” target date for the U.S. to get back to business, with “packed churches all over our country,” but that turned out to be an overly ambitious goal, even as the contagion has appeared to show glimmers of slowing, hinting at the possibility of somehow restarting the economy at some point.

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The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, a brokerage-industry trade group that recommends actions for the bond market, advises that bond dealers close an hour early, at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, and remain closed on Good Friday.

The New York Stock Exchange, owned by the Intercontinental Exchange /zigman2/quotes/209108507/composite ICE +0.49% , and the Nasdaq Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205547889/composite NDAQ +0.81% , which operates the Nasdaq Composite Index /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP +0.17% , will be closed on Friday. The NYSE has been closed on the Friday before Easter every year since 1889, with two exceptions, in 1906 and 1907.

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The holiday is a quirky one for financial markets in the U.S. because Good Friday isn’t a federal holiday. In fact, it is among the few holidays that isn’t both a Wall Street and a federal holiday. Those include Columbus Day and Veterans Day, which are federal holidays but aren’t vacation days for Wall Street.

Therefore, data, such as the consumer-price index, a weighted-average measure of an array of consumer goods, will be released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern on Friday, even as traders have an off day.

Markets have struggled to find their footing as investors attempt to process the duration and economic severity of the coronavirus outbreak. CPI data likely won’t show immediate impacts of the pandemic, but other reports, including last Friday’s job figures that showed 701,000 lost jobs in March and Thursday’s record 6.6 million jobless claims numbers, have demonstrated stark signs of the devastation being wrought by COVID-19.

Still, markets have recently clung to data points that show a moderating spread in hot spots like New York and various locations in Europe. That notion has offered support to the bulls, buoying the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +2.17% , the S&P 500 index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +1.23% and the Nasdaq.

U.S. markets for commodities, including gold /zigman2/quotes/210036801/delayed GCM20 -0.11% and crude-oil futures /zigman2/quotes/211629951/delayed CL.1 -0.82% , will be closed on Good Friday.

Perhaps a trading break will be a welcome respite for whipsawed investors.

All Western European exchanges, including in Frankfurt /zigman2/quotes/210223310/composite DAX +3.60% and the U.K., represented by the FTSE 100 /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX +1.24% , and France’s CAC 40 /zigman2/quotes/210597958/delayed FR:PX1 +1.46% are closed Good Friday and April 13, the Monday after Easter.

Elsewhere, the Toronto Stock Exchange will also be closed on Good Friday, as will exchanges in Hong Kong /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -0.47% , Singapore /zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed SG:STI -0.17% , Australia /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO +0.33% , New Zealand /zigman2/quotes/211587880/delayed NZ:NZ50GR +0.52%  and South Africa.

Exchanges in Japan /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK -0.02% , South Korea /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 +0.15% and Taiwan /zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed TW:Y9999 +0.16% , however, will be open for trade on both days.

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$ 94.23
+0.46 +0.49%
Volume: 2.69M
May 26, 2020 4:00p
P/E Ratio
25.16
Dividend Yield
1.27%
Market Cap
$51.31 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.22M
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US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 116.28
+0.94 +0.81%
Volume: 611,906
May 26, 2020 4:00p
P/E Ratio
26.62
Dividend Yield
1.69%
Market Cap
$18.92 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.07M
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/zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
9,340.22
+15.63 +0.17%
Volume: 4.13M
May 26, 2020 5:16p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime
US : Dow Jones Global
24,995.11
+529.95 +2.17%
Volume: 426.29M
May 26, 2020 5:20p
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/zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime
US : S&P US
2,991.77
+36.32 +1.23%
Volume: 3.36B
May 26, 2020 5:20p
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/zigman2/quotes/210036801/delayed
US : U.S.: Nymex
$ 1,703.70
-1.90 -0.11%
Volume: 8,862
May 26, 2020 11:24p
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/zigman2/quotes/211629951/delayed
US : U.S.: Nymex
$ 34.07
-0.28 -0.82%
Volume: 19,529
May 26, 2020 11:24p
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/zigman2/quotes/210223310/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 23.88
+0.83 +3.60%
Volume: 6,947
May 26, 2020 3:53p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed
UK : FTSE UK
6,067.76
+74.48 +1.24%
Volume: 1.23M
May 26, 2020 4:59p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597958/delayed
FR : France: Euronext Paris
4,606.24
+66.33 +1.46%
Volume: 140,172
May 26, 2020 6:05p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed
HK : Hong Kong Exchange
23,274.00
-110.66 -0.47%
Volume: 685,423
May 27, 2020 11:19a
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/zigman2/quotes/210597985/delayed
SG : Singapore: SGX
2,525.95
-4.35 -0.17%
Volume: 0.00
May 27, 2020 11:19a
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/zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed
AU : S&P ASX
5,799.10
+19.10 +0.33%
Volume: 702,069
May 27, 2020 1:14p
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/zigman2/quotes/211587880/delayed
NZ : New Zealand: NZX
10,971.30
+56.56 +0.52%
Volume: 0.00
May 27, 2020 3:13p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed
JP : Nikkei
21,266.23
-4.94 -0.02%
Volume: 0.00
May 27, 2020 11:35a
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/zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed
KR : Korea Exchange
2,032.89
+3.11 +0.15%
Volume: 713,526
May 27, 2020 12:14p
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/zigman2/quotes/210597977/delayed
TW : Taiwan Stock Exchange
11,014.28
+17.07 +0.16%
Volume: 0.00
May 27, 2020 11:14a
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Mark DeCambre is MarketWatch's markets editor. He is based in New York. Follow him on Twitter @mdecambre.

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