After-Hours Trading Definition
After-hours trading refers to stock trading outside the traditional trading hours of the major exchanges, such as the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market. The traditional or regular trading hours have been for some time from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Trading outside these regular hours is not a new phenomenon. But it has generally been limited to high net-worth investors and institutional investors, such as mutual funds. The emergence of private trading systems, known as Electronic Communications Networks, or ECNs, has allowed individual investors to participate in after-hours trading.