What are the trading hours and can I place orders outside trading hours?

You may refer the trading hours for securities listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (SEHK).

The trading hours for securities listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (SEHK) are as follows*:

Pre-opening Session:

  • 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (an "At-auction Limit Order" can only be placed from 9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.)

 

Continuous Trading Session:

  • Normal Day Trading – 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Half-Day Trading – 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

Closing Auction Session (CAS):

  • Normal Day Trading – 4:00 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

  • Half-Day Trading – 12:00 p.m. to 12:10 p.m.

Trading is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and all Hong Kong public holidays.

 

* Subject to the trading arrangements approved by the SEHK or typhoon trading suspension arrangements.

You can place new orders, amend an order or cancel an order during the following service hours:

Order Type

Instruction

Service Hours

(Normal Day Trading)

Service Hours

(Half-Day Trading)

At-auction Limit Order

Place Order

 

 

Amend order

 

 

 

Cancel order

24 Hours

(except 9:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

 

24 Hours

(except 9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.)

 

24 Hours

(except 9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.)

24 Hours

(except 9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

 

24 Hours

(except 9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.)

 

24 Hours

(except 9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.)

Enhanced Limit Order / Stop Loss Order

Place Order

Amend order (for Enhanced Limit Order only)

Cancel order

24 Hours

(except 4:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.)

24 Hours

(except 12:00 p.m. – 12:10 p.m.)

Market Order

Place Order

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

(morning session & afternoon session)

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

  • Any unfilled At-auction Limit Order with an input price not deviating 9 or more times from the prevailing nominal price will be converted to a Limit Order at the input price and will be carried forward to the next Continuous Trading Session.

  • Enhanced Limit Orders and Stop Loss Orders submitted before 9:30 a.m. or between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. will be handled after the Continuous Trading Session opens. For Enhanced Limit Order amendments, our system will process your instruction on a first come, first served basis on the same order.

  • The "Good-till-date" function is available for "At-auction Limit Order", "Enhanced Limit Order" and "Stop Loss Order" only.

  • CAS will be rolled out in two phases, with the list of securities further expanded in Phase 2. Phase 1 is tentatively set to include all the Hang Seng Composite LargeCap and MidCap index constituent stocks, the H shares which have corresponding A shares listed on the exchanges in Mainland China and all ETFs. The list will be finalised and published before the launch of Phase 1. Phase 2 will be rolled out after a review, tentatively planned for six months after Phase 1, and will include all equity securities and funds not covered in Phase 1. For details, please refer to SEHK website.

  • During CAS, order amendment or cancellation for At-auction Limit Order will be only accepted from 4:01 p.m. – 4:06 p.m. in the Normal Day Trading and 12:01 p.m. – 12:06 p.m. in the Half-Day Trading.

  • 4:08 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. in the Normal Day Trading and 12:08 p.m. – 12:10 p.m. in the Half-Day Trading is the Random Closing Period, the market closes randomly within two minutes.

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