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        What is After-Hours trading?


        In this article, we will introduce:

        What is After-Hours trading?

        What investment products in Moomoo support After-Hours trading?

        What is the After-Hours trading hours?

        The benefits and risks of After-hours trading

        For most stock markets, the main trading session takes place during the daytime. However, trading activity isn't restricted to the time of day. It does, in fact, take place after the market closes - once normal business hours are done. This is known as the after-hours trading session. 

        After-Hours Trading

        After-hours trading is the period of time after the market closes when an investor can buy and sell securities outside regular trading hours.

        The trading volume during the after-hours trading session tends to be fairly thin. That's because there are usually very few active traders during this time period. This can change, though, with volume spiking if there's big economic news or something breaks about a company.

        Investment Products

        Stocks, Options, ETFs, ADRs, OTC, U.S. IPOs

        Moomoo currently does not support Mutual Funds and Bonds.

        Trading Hours Coverage

        After-hours trading can be divided into two different parts of the day, Pre-Market Hours and After-Market Hours. Moomoo offers our clients a variety of assets covering multiple markets, the total trading hours can last about 22 hours.

        • Pre-Market Hours: 04:00 EST – 09:30 EST

        • Regular Hours: 09:30 EST – 16:00 EST

        • After-Market Hours: 16:00 EST – 20:00 EST

        Benefits and Risks of After-hours trading

        After-hours trading allows investors to

        • Trading on fresh information: react immediately to breaking news 

        • Pricing opportunities: you may find some appealing prices during this time

        • Convenience: added flexibility of trading

        However, After-hours trading does have some risks. Risks associated with after-hours trading include:

        • Less liquidity: less trading volume for your stock, and it may be harder to convert shares to cash

        • Wider spreads: a lower volume in trading may result in a wider spread between the bid and ask prices

        • More competition from institutional investors

        • More volatility

        Source: Investopedia

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