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What time does the NASDAQ open?

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NASDAQ Trader reports that the NASDAQ officially opens for trading at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. NASDAQ begins preparing to open at 4 a.m. when a computer starts entering the trades and orders that were received after market close the day before, according to HowStuffWorks.

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What time does the NASDAQ open?
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HowStuffWorks notes that the computer also gathers imbalance information that has the potential to affect stock prices, such as if a company announced bad news after the market closed the previous day. At that point, an opening price is assigned to each stock.

Price information is released at 9:25 a.m. Eastern to dealers along with imbalance information at 9:28 a.m. Eastern before the market officially opens at 9:30 a.m. Eastern, notes NASDAQ Trader.

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