Is There A Right Time of Day To Invest in the Stock Market?

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Do you like the idea of making money in your sleep? If so, stock market investing could be one way you can build wealth.

A recent report from MarketShares revealed that the stock market shows most of its gains overnight. Bruce Lavine, founder of financial firm Nightshares, created ETFs that specifically take advantage of this pattern.

Lavine told MarketShares that over the past 20 years, the SPDR S&P ETF, a collection of stocks that tracks the S&P 500, produced a buy-and-hold return of 9.7%, with 7.5% returns coming overnight.

A study from the Michigan State University Broad College of Business reached similar conclusions. The study further narrowed down the time between 11:30 PM and 3:30 AM as showing the most gains. By tracking after-hours training, the study was able to discern exactly when the gains happened.

MSU researchers revealed that this increase is in lockstep with the opening of the European stock market, due to time zone differences. “When U.S. investors are absent, European investors naturally play a leading role,” said MSU associate professor of finance Dmitriy Muravyev.

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Investors can leverage this knowledge to maximize gains. Day trading may not show high returns, since you are basically gambling against market trends to buy and sell the same stock on the same day.

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However, if you buy a stock just before the closing bell and sell in the morning after the market opens, you can maximize your returns.

Even better, follow Warren Buffett’s advice and hold onto stocks for the long term. The Oracle of Omaha once said in a letter to shareholders, “If you aren’t willing to own a stock for 10 years, don’t even think about owning it for 10 minutes.”

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Dawn Allcot is a full-time freelance writer and content marketing specialist who geeks out about finance, e-commerce, technology, and real estate. Her lengthy list of publishing credits include Bankrate, Lending Tree, and Chase Bank. She is the founder and owner of, a travel, technology, and entertainment website. She lives on Long Island, New York, with a veritable menagerie that includes 2 cats, a rambunctious kitten, and three lizards of varying sizes and personalities – plus her two kids and husband. Find her on Twitter, @DawnAllcot.
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