Here are the trading hours for Thanksgiving and Black Friday

U.S. financial markets are closed Thursday for Thanksgiving and will close early on Black Friday.

Black Friday, November 26, marks the official start of the holiday shopping season, with many retailers including Macy’s Inc. M,
and Walmart WMT,
– offering great deals for those looking for holiday gifts.

The Intercontinental Exchange Inc. ICE,
– owned by the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq NDAQ,
will close at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, while the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association recommends a 2:00 p.m. Eastern time closure for Treasury markets, such as those that trade the 10-year Treasury TMUBMUSD10Y,
However, there is no early market closure on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving in the United States.

Major U.S. stock traders – the NYSE, American Stock Exchange, and Nasdaq – initially called for a 2 p.m. Eastern time on the Friday after Thanksgiving in 1992, two hours earlier than the closing bell. normal 16 hours. But the following year, the stock exchanges chose to close the markets three hours earlier, at 1 p.m.

Overall, trading activity on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Friday after is generally a fraction of normal, non-holiday trading periods. The lack of volume around the holidays makes sense, given that Thanksgiving is typically the busiest travel day of the year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

On Black Friday, metals such as GC00 gold,
+ 0.08%
will settle at 12:30 p.m. EST, and U.S. crude oil CL.1,
will settle at 1:30 p.m.

So how does the market tend to behave during this holiday period? The folks at Bespoke Investment Group say that stock markets, such as the S&P 500 SPX Index,
have done quite well. However, some strategists are predicting a certain degree of volatility that could hit the Nasdaq Composite COMP,
out of its record roost and deepen a crisis for the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA,
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