It is noteworthy that DFM initially has adopted the Pre-closing Session in May 2014.
The new arrangements are the outcome of comprehensive discussions with various market participants as part of DFM’s constant efforts to further enhance market infrastructure in line with the international best practices.
As part of the new enhancements, the Pre-closing Session will run between 13:45 and 13:55:20 and will include three stages namely; the order input period, the no cancellation period and the matching period. As the case since this mechanism was initially introduced, the pre-closing session will be an order accumulation period as brokers and investors can enter orders without being executed until the pre-closing matching, however the new arrangement will include a defined timeframe that organizes the processes of placing new orders, amendments and order cancellation.
The Trading At Last session (TAL) will run between 13:55:20 and 14:00:20 as brokers and investors will be able to place executable orders, whether new or previously placed orders, as per the closing price only and previous closing price to be applied if no closing price available during the same session.
Key benefits of the new TAL session:
– TAL will reduce the possibility of order book imbalance with high spreads in bid/ask during the Pre-closing session
– TAL further facilitates institutions’ pursuit to rebalance their trades and flow trades apart from the Pre-closing session, which otherwise has significant impact on Pre-closing matching price
– TAL offers enables investors to trade or reposition based on the closing price
The table below explains the details of DFM trading session:
|Pre-Open: 09:30 to 09:55||Allow order entry/ amendment/ cancellation|
|Pre-Open: 09:55 to 10:00||Allow order entry but NO order cancellation|
|Trading (Open): 10:00 to 13:45||Continues trading|
|Pre-closing: 13:45 to 13:53||Allow order entry/ amendment/ cancellation|
|Pre- closing: 13:53 to 13:55||Allow order entry but NO order cancellation|
|Pre- closing: 13:55 to 13:55:20||Order matching|
|Trade-At-Last:13:55:20 to14:00:20||Allow order entry at last price|
|Post-Trading (closing): 14:00:20||Session closing|