Live Dow Jones Future
The Dow Futures begin trading on the Chicago Board of Trade at 7:20 a.m. Central Time (8:20 a.m. Eastern Time),
which is an hour and ten minutes before the stock market opens. That allows trading to take place before the
actual stock market opens so reporters and professionals can get an idea of sentiment.
That is, if a company reports huge earnings and the Dow Futures skyrocket, the odds are good that
the market itself will raise as well. The opposite is also true. If an event occurs before
the stock market opens that causes Dow Futures to plummet, then
it's a fairly good chance that stocks will fall once the opening bell rings.