ES Market Hours

Discussion in 'Index Futures' started by MissTick, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. MissTick



    I know this is going to sound like a stupid question but...

    Exactly which hours should I trade the ES? On the CME website it preety much mentions that it is a 24 hour market, however I think there are good times and bad times to trade it right?

    So could someone let me know in the real world of day trading -

    When is the open
    When is the close
    Should we stop trading during a lunch hour

    Sorry for these questions... I have been studying technical analysis and all of that stuff but now it is time for me to get to know the market I want to day trade intimately


  2. nitrene


    Here is the official hours of operation (from my IB TWS application):



    I don't know what timezone you are on but I live in California so the actual trading hours over here is 6:30 AM to 1:15 PM for the ES futures contract. The rest of the hours can be considered part of the Globex operations of the CME -- although technically the Globex differentiation doesn't really exist anymore since almost all contracts are on virtual 24/5 operation mode.

    Good luck,