PSE Trading Hours: When open, when closed?

Before you take the plunge into stock trading and investing, make sure you understand what stocks are and how stock trading operates.

Unlike other investments that are relatively safe, stock trading is generally risky and loss of money is a possibility. So if you want an easy-to-understand primer on stock trading, head over to PinoyMoneyTalk’s Guide on Stock Trading and Investing.

If you don’t have much time to read, here’s a brief overview of everything you need to know about stock investing.

What are stocks?

Shares of stocks represent ownership in a company. As a stockholder, you are a part-owner of a company. As part-owner, you get certain rights, including the right to vote and the right to receive dividends when distributed by the company.

How do I make money in stocks?

You can make money through:

  1. Capital appreciation – the change in price when stocks are traded;
  2. Dividends – which may be in the form of cash or stock dividends; and
  3. Stock Rights – the right given to you as a shareholder to buy additional shares of the company at a lower price compared to the market price

These profits are also explained in our article How can I earn from the stock market?

What’s the minimum amount needed to invest in stocks?

Every stock trading transaction is governed by the Board Lot.

The PSE Board Lot shows the minimum number of shares that you can buy or sell at any time. The cost of the minimum amount of shares you’ll buy represent your minimum investment in stocks. However, in order to trade using a broker, some brokers require a certain deposit amount before you can open an account with them.

Click here for a comparison of minimum deposit required by PSE brokers in the Philippines.

Effective January 2, 2012, the new trading hours in the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) are as follows.

PSE Stock Trading Hours

TimePSE Activity
9:00 - 9:29 AMPre-Open
9:30 AMMarket Open
9:31 AM - 11:59 AMContinuous Trading
12:00 NN - 1:29 PMMarket Recess
1:31 PM - 3:16 PMContinuous Trading
3:17 PM - 3:19 PMPre-Close
3:20 PM - 3:29 PMRun-off / Trading-at-Last
3:30 PM - 8:59 AM The Next DayMarket Close

9:00 a.m. to 9:29 a.m. — Pre-Open

  • Stock trading orders can already be entered but no matching will occur yet

9:30 a.m. — Market Open

  • Start of order matching and stock trading

9:31 a.m. to 11:59 a.m. — Continuous Trading

  • Regular stock trading hours; orders are continuously accepted, processed, and matched by the PSE

12:00 noon to 1:29 p.m. — Market Recess

  • Market is closed for 1 and 1/2 hours, with no ordering and matching allowed

1:30 p.m. — Trading Resumption

  • Trading in the stock market resumes in the afternoon

1:31 p.m. to 3:16 p.m. — Continuous Trading

  • Regular stock trading hours; orders are continuously accepted, processed, and matched by the PSE

3:17 p.m. to 3:19 p.m. — Pre-Close

  • Stock closing prices are set, and orders posted cannot be cancelled or modified anymore

3:20 p.m. to 3:29 p.m. — Run-off / Trading-at-last

  • Remaining orders are matched at a fixed price determined during the Market Pre-Close

3:30 p.m. to 8:59 a.m. the next day — Market Close

  • Market is closed with no order posting and matching occurring, but some brokers may accept after-hour orders to be processed the next day

Previous PSE trading hours

Prior to 2012, from October to December 2011, the Philippine Stock Exchange had a trial run of its extended trading hours from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Before that, PSE trading hours were for a mere 2 and 1/2 hours, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:10 p.m.

Read the history of the PSE trading hours in the articles PSE trading schedule (before October 2011) and PSE trading hours extended until 1 p.m.

How can I learn more about stock trading in the Philippines?

You can start by reading our many articles on Stock Trading Guide in the Philippines.

4 thoughts on “PSE Trading Hours: When open, when closed?”

  1. Christine Perez

    PSE Academy ( provides a comprehensive, interactive, and practical web-based
    investor education for market participants, would-be equity investors, and the
    public in general.

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