Published On: Sat, Mar 3rd, 2012

HKEx Second Phase New Trading Hours to Begin 5 March

Charles Li Hong Kong ExchangeHong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) will implement the second phase of the new trading hours for its securities and derivatives markets1 from 5 March (Monday) this year. The implementation of the second phase of the new trading hours is aimed at aligning the opening of the Hong Kong securities market’s afternoon trading session with that of the Mainland market, and further increasing the overall competitiveness of HKEx’s markets in the region.

Under the new hours, the continuous trading session of HKEx’s securities market will run from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon and then from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The trading hours of HKEx’s derivatives markets will also change2.

As a result of the changes, the publication windows for listed issuers to make Listing Rules-related announcements through the HKExnews website3 will also be revised.

HKEx arranged market simulation sessions to assist Exchange Participants and information vendors in verifying their readiness for the second phase of the new trading hours.

Additional information about the second phase of the new trading hours is available in the tables attached below and on the HKEx website.

1. HKEx announced in November 2010 that it will implement the new trading hours in two phases. Please see the HKEx news release dated 23 November 2010.
2. The trading hours of Gold Futures, HIBOR Futures and Three-Year Exchange Funds Note Futures will remain unchanged.
3. Issuers are required to publish their Listing Rules-related announcements on the HKExnews website.

New trading hours for securities, stock futures and stock options markets
Pre-opening Session – 09:00-09:30
Morning Session – 09:30-12:00
Afternoon Session – 13:00-16:00 (extended by 30 minutes by beginning earlier at 13:00)

New trading hours for index futures and index options markets
Pre-market Opening Period – 08:45-09:15
Morning Session – 09:15-12:00
Pre-market Opening Period – 12:30-13:00
Afternoon Session – 13:00-16:15 (extended by 30 minutes by beginning earlier at 13:00)

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