After-hours trading on stocks

Make the most out of company announcements with IG’s out-of-hours trading – available on more than 70 key US stocks for our leveraged trading and share dealing clients.

Call 0800 195 3100 or email newaccounts.uk@ig.com to talk about opening a trading account. We’re here 24 hours a day, from 4am Saturday to 10pm Friday.

Contact us: 0800 195 3100

Why trade after hours with IG?

Get unique opportunities

Go long or short on a range of US stocks outside normal dealing hours

Take advantage of volatility

Make the most of price movements – over 80%1 of trades can occur outside of the main session.

React to breaking news

Trade earnings season announcements without waiting for the main session.

Choose how you trade

Open a position using CFDs, spread bets, DMA or our share dealing service.

What is after-hours trading?

After-hours trading enables you to take a position on key US stocks outside normal trading hours.

IG offers after-hours trading on over 70 popular stocks. So, while most UK traders will only have access during the US stock market’s main window of 2.30pm to 9pm (UK time), IG’s extended hours on All Session US shares mean you’ll have access for much longer.

  • CFD and spread bets on All Session US shares
    9am to 1am Monday to Thursday, and 9am to 10pm Friday (UK time)
  • Share dealing on All Session US shares
    12pm to 10:30pm Monday to Thursday, and 12 to 10pm Friday (UK time)

The markets we offer extended trading hours on are labelled ‘All Session’, to distinguish them from the stocks which can only be traded in normal US market hours.

Why would I want to trade after-hours?

Trading on All Session equities enables you to take advantage of any opportunities that happen outside the main trading window – such as those surrounding US company earnings and news announcements.

The importance of after-hours trading

When companies release their earnings, stock prices can see vast amounts of volatility as traders and investors react to the news. The amount of market movement largely depends on whether the results are a surprise or are in line with analysts’ estimates.

As most US companies release their earnings outside of the main session, the majority of trading takes place in the pre- and post-market sessions. This means that after-hours trading is vital in order take advantage of earnings volatility .

Earnings season is just one example of how useful extended market hours can be – others include taking advantage of price movements around macroeconomic data releases and major news events.

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Fast execution on a huge range of markets

Enjoy flexible access to more than 17,000 global markets, with reliable execution

Deal seamlessly, wherever you are

Trade on the move with our natively designed, award-winning trading app

Feel secure with a trusted provider

With 45 years of experience, we’re proud to offer a truly market-leading service

Fast execution on a huge range of markets

Enjoy flexible access to more than 17,000 global markets, with reliable execution

Deal seamlessly, wherever you are

Trade on the move with our natively designed, award-winning trading app

Feel secure with a trusted provider

With 45 years' experience, we’re proud to offer a truly market-leading service

Start trading now

Log in to your account now to access today’s opportunity in a huge range of markets.

How to trade after hours

Unlike many providers, IG offers out-of-hours dealing across both our leveraged and non-leveraged services.

Spread betting

When you spread bet, you are placing a bet on whichever direction you think the share price will move – up or down. There is no capital gains tax to pay on profits, and spread bets are also free from stamp duty.2

CFD trading

A CFD is an agreement to exchange the difference in price of a market between the opening and closing of a trade. CFDs be used to offset losses against profits for tax purposes and are free from stamp duty.2

DMA

Our shares direct market access (DMA) service enables you to access stock markets without intermediaries. Simply enable DMA on your share dealing or CFD account, and find it in the ‘order’ tab for ‘all sessions’ shares.

Share dealing

When you invest in shares, you’ll buy the underlying asset and gain shareholder rights – such as voting privileges and dividend payments. When you invest with IG, you could pay zero commission on US stocks.3

How much does trading after hours cost?

Trading out of hours on US shares will not cost more than trading during the main session. The IG spread or commission will remain exactly the same, and the margin deposit required for leveraged accounts won’t change.

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1Based on Amazon.com earnings (13 Jan - 14 Feb)
2Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.
3 Trade in your share dealing account three or more times in the previous month to qualify for our best commission rates.

Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 76% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.