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  • Global Stock Market Indices

    Exchange indices allow to earn not on changes in the value of shares of individual companies, but on the value of shares of the largest companies of a separate country or certain sectors of the economy. For example, Dow Jones is the total value of the 30 largest companies in the United States (blue chips), NASDAQ100 is the 100 largest companies in the high-tech sector, and BOVESPA is the 50 largest companies in Brazil. To trade indices, you need to monitor macro-economic factors, not events related to individual companies. In Europe and the United States, trading on stock indices is extremely popular among private investors. The following provides background information on the terms of trade.

    The Indices Are Grouped By Regions Of The World


    DOW JONES – the index covers the 30 largest companies in the United States, including companies such as American Express Co., General Electric Co, McDonald’s Corp., Microsoft Corp., Visa, Inc. and etc. The index was created to track the development of the industrial component of American stock markets.

    NASDAQ 100 FUTURE – is an American stock index that includes the 100 largest capitalization companies whose shares are traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange. It specializes in stocks of technology companies. (Apple, AMazon, Dell, and others).

    NASDAQ COMPOSITE – a stock index made up of common stock and similar financial instruments of all companies trading on the NASDAQ stock exchange. It includes more than 3,000 American and non-American corporations.

    S&P FUTURE – stock index, a basket which included 500 selected stocks of the USA with the highest capitalization.


    TSX 200 – is a benchmark Canadian index representing approximately 70% of the total market capitalization of the Toronto Stock Exchange, which includes around 250 companies. The Toronto Stock Exchange is made up of over 1,500 companies.

    Great Britain

    FTSE 100 FUTURE – is a stock index that represents the 100 most capitalised British companies trading on the London Stock Exchange. (Barclays, BP, British American Tobacco, Vodafone Group, Tesco, Next, Marks&Spencer).


    DAX FUTURE – Germany’s most important stock index. The index is calculated as a capitalization-weighted average of the share prices of Germany’s largest joint stock companies. The index also takes into account the income received in the form of dividends on shares, assuming that dividends are reinvested in shares. Thus, the index reflects the total return on capital. (Adidas, BMW, Commerzbank and others).

    FTSE MIB – Italian Stock Exchange Index. It includes 40 Italian companies of the market. (Pirelli & C, UniCredit, World Duty Free, Telecom Italia and others).

    IBEX 35 – key Spanish stock index. Calculated on the Madrid Stock Exchange. (Telefónica, Gamesa, Banco Santander and others).

    BUND FUTURE – Germany Index. Futures on the benchmark 10-year German bonds.

    MDAX – the index includes shares of 50 German average capitalization companies that are not included in the DAX index by capitalization size and trading turnover (Gerry Weber, Fielmann).

    DJ EURO STOXX 50 – is an index of the STOXX company, which reflects the assessment of the largest European companies by the European financial markets. It includes the 50 largest companies in the European Union from different sectors of the economy.

    Far East

    NIKKEI 225 – one of the major stock indices in Japan. The index is calculated as a simple arithmetic mean of the share prices of 225 of the most actively traded companies in the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. (Mitsubishi Rayon, Fujifilm Holdings Corp., Nippon Oil Corp, The Bank of Yokohama and others).

    TOPIX 500 – Japanese stock index, calculated from the weighted average of 500 most liquid shares of companies with the largest market capitalization, which are traded on TOPIX stock exchange.

    KOSPI – Korean stock index, which includes all companies whose shares are traded on the Korea Exchange. The index includes 399 companies (Samsung Electronics, POSCO, LG Display and others).

    TAIEX – index of shares of 216 companies, which account for almost 90% of the market capitalization on the Stock Exchange of Taiwan; calculated every five minutes. The lowest index was 2,485, 25 were recorded on October 12, 1990, and the highest was 12,682, 41 on February 12, 1990.

    Near East

    ABU DHABI GENERAL – stock index traded on the Stock Exchange Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.

    DUBAI GENERAL – index of shares of companies traded on the Dubai Financial Market. More than 60 companies, the headquarters of most of them are located in the UAE and the rest are based in Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Sudan.

    TADAWUL – index of shares of companies traded on the stock exchange only in Saudi Arabia. 168 companies from a wide range of industries: finance, health care, utilities, oil, gas.

    BSE SENSEX – the index of the Indian stock market, includes the 30 largest companies from various industrial sectors of the Indian economy. (Cipla, Wipro, GAIL and others).

    CNX NIFTY – basic index of companies whose shares are traded on the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE). The list includes 50 companies (Acc Ltd, Wipro Ltd, Indusind Bank and others).

    South America

    BOVESPA FUTURE – share index of the 50 largest companies listed on the stock exchange in Latin America (Banco do Brasil, Telefônica Vivo, Hypermarcas).


    ASX 200 – is a stock market index weighted by market capitalization and adjusted for the number of stocks listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. The index is backed by Standard & Poor’s and is considered the benchmark for Australian capital performance.


    CHINA A50 – one of the main stock indices of China is calculated on the basis of market capitalization of shares of the 50 largest companies registered in the mainland.

    CSI 300 – is a capitalization-weighted stock market index designed to replicate the performance of the top 300 stocks traded on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.