Published On: Fri, Mar 4th, 2011

HKEx’s Extended Trading Hours to Begin 7 March

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) will implement the first phase of the previously announced extension of the trading hours in its securities and derivatives markets from 7 March (Monday) this year, following the completion of the market simulation.

Starting on 7 March, the trading sessions of HKEx’s securities market will start earlier and will run from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon and then from 1:30 pm until 4:00 pm. Trading in HKEx’s derivatives markets and the auction sessions of the securities and derivatives markets will also start earlier from the same day. As a result of the changes, the publication windows for listed issuers to make Listing Rules-related announcements through the HKExnews website3 will be revised. Details of the extended trading hours and the revised publication windows are set out in the news release issued on 24 January this year.

HKEx conducted a series of market simulation sessions in the middle of February this year to assist Exchange Participants (EPs) and information vendors (IVs) in verifying their readiness for the extension of trading hours. The results were positive. HKEx wishes to thank EPs and IVs for their participation in the market readiness programme.

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