In the world of financial trading, it’s not uncommon to hear people talk about “the market” as if it were some single entity that spans the entire the world. While the financial markets are certainly interconnected and global in nature, “the market” often refers to specific stock indexes. Which “market” traders are referring to generally depends on where they are located. In the following article we introduce traders to 13 major stock market indexes from around the world.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (U.S.)
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is one of the most cited stock indexes in the world. It includes the stocks of 30 of the largest companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange, making it highly influential in the global financial system.
Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (U.S.)
The S&P 500 large-cap index is another major US stock market average. Unlike the Dow, the S&P 500 is comprised of 500 of the most commonly traded stocks on the New York Stock Exchange. As such, it represents about 70% of the total value of the US stock market.
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