U.S. markets will close early on Christmas Eve, while some of the European markets will already be on break.
Both the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market close at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Dec. 24, and will reopen the following Monday for a normal trading day.
The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association recommends that bond markets close at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday and that markets stay closed on Friday. Monday is a regular trading day.
In the futures markets, the CME Group will close Chicago floor trading in foreign-exchange and interest-rate futures even earlier — at 12 p.m. Central on Thursday.
In New York, Nymex energy futures will close an hour early on Thursday as well, at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. Meanwhile, Comex gold and other metals futures will end trading at 12:30 Eastern, also an hour early.
Energy and oil products traded on Globex have an early close at 1:45 p.m. Eastern on Thursday. Globex trading will be closed on Friday, according to CME Group. Monday will be a regular trading day.
European markets also are making a short day of it on Thursday — and some of them even a long weekend.
Among the big ones, U.K. markets close at 12.30 p.m. London time on Thursday and will remain closed on Monday, Dec. 28, since Boxing Day, a market holiday, falls on Saturday.
French markets close at 2 p.m. Paris time on Thursday but will be open on Monday. The German market is closed all day Thursday and Friday, but will be open on Monday.
Japan’s stock market will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 23, for the Emperor’s Birthday but will observe normal trading hours on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25.