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why can I not trade US stocks pre (or post) market?


joek

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For some reason I cannot seem to place orders on US stocks with extended hours trading during pre or post market trading hours even though IG seems to indicate this is an option.  I seem to have no trouble during normal trading hours but either side seems to be a problem (my W-8BEN as a non US resident for tax purposes remains valid). Where I already own such stocks a button appears to the right indicating I can sell so the issue may relate only to buying. If I try to place a market order this is rejected on account of the type, but I cannot even place a limit order (i.e. that could fill during normal trading hours) as the order is rejected..

Perhaps this is normal, but I cannot see anything on IG that indicates that it is. If anyone has an explanation I would be grateful

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18 minutes ago, joek said:

For some reason I cannot seem to place orders on US stocks with extended hours trading during pre or post market trading hours even though IG seems to indicate this is an option.  I seem to have no trouble during normal trading hours but either side seems to be a problem (my W-8BEN as a non US resident for tax purposes remains valid). Where I already own such stocks a button appears to the right indicating I can sell so the issue may relate only to buying. If I try to place a market order this is rejected on account of the type, but I cannot even place a limit order (i.e. that could fill during normal trading hours) as the order is rejected..

Perhaps this is normal, but I cannot see anything on IG that indicates that it is. If anyone has an explanation I would be grateful

Hi, have you checked that the stocks are on IG's 'all sessions' list?

How to Trade Stocks After Hours | IG UK

 

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Thanks for your reply.  I hadn't, but I just did and the ones I tried to trade are.  I tried several times to trade Apple for instance - it looks like I can sell (it has a sell button to the right of my position)  but not buy.  The other stocks (both US & UK)  just say 'market closed', so the market is open for these stocks, I can probably sell, but I cannot buy.  Also the 'available to deal' section suggest it is not a funding issue, unless this is not the case (I have unsettled debit to almost the same amount, but I'm fairly sure the problem existed even when that wasn't the case & i had plentiful funds)

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