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Swiss Stock Exchange to extend trading hours

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The Swiss stock exchange, the SWX, announced on Tuesday that it will extend trading by an hour and open on Swiss holidays when it launches its pan-European blue chip trading platform next month.

Equity securities, derivative instruments and exchange-traded funds will now stay open until 1800 local time to bring it into line with London-based virt-x’s hours.

Virt-x is being created through the merger of the SWX’s blue-chip sector with the British based electronic stock exchange, Tradepoint. It will begin by trading leading Swiss and British shares and then include stocks from the Dow Jones Stoxx pan-European index. It opens for business on 25 June.

SWX is also restructuring its calendar of holidays to confirm with the virt-x schedule. This means that 2 January, Ascension Day, Whit Monday and Switzerland’s 1 August national holiday will in future be trading days.

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