5 Things To Know Before The Market Opens

By Mithun Raza

Keeping a close eye on the market and understanding its nuances is a critical skill for any type of investor. Before you make any investment decisions, there are some key points to understand about the stock market. Knowing these five things before the market opens will help you make more informed investment decisions.

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What is pre-market trading?

Pre-market trading takes place before regular stock market hours (from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST). This allows investors to react quickly to news or events during the day that could affect their investments before the official opening bell.

What should be considered when evaluating stocks?

When evaluating stocks, investors should consider a company’s financials, including its balance sheet, profits and losses, debt and equity ratios, as well as its competitive position in the marketplace. Investors also need to pay attention to news stories and rumors related to a company's performance that may impact its share price.

How can investors access pre-market and afterhours trading?

Brokerage accounts generally offer options for pre-market and afterhours trading activities. Some brokers may require an account minimum or additional fees for access to these extended hours trading periods.

What are economic reports?

Economic reports provide important insights into a country’s or region’s economic health, such as GDP growth, employment rates, inflation levels and interest rate decisions made by central banks. These reports can have significant impacts on global markets so it is important to pay attention to them.

How does the news affect markets?

News stories often drive short-term movements in markets as they shed light on how investors view different companies or events in different industries. Staying attuned to current news news cycles is important for long-term investors who wish to make educated decisions about their portfolios.

Understanding these five things before the market opens will help you stay up-to-date with all the information available about your investments so that you can make informed decisions when investing your money in the stock market. Taking into consideration pre-market trading periods, assessing stocks thoroughly from all angles, accessing pre-market/afterhours trades via brokerages, keeping tabs on economic reports and staying abreast of relevant news are all essential pieces of knowledge when it comes time for investing in stocks.

Mithun Raza

Mithun Raza is our senior correspondent.

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