What are the major US stocks
Major American stocks
On which exchanges can you trade the major American stocks?
Before you begin speculating online on the price of major American stocks, it's important to know which stock markets those stocks are listed on, so let's first take a look at the various American stock exchanges.
There are several stock exchanges in the United States, but we'll only cover those that list the country's major stocks. These are the two largest stock markets in the United States, namely the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange), which lists the shares of the largest companies in the country (such as the famous Coca-Cola shares and Boeing shares), and the stock exchange NASDAQ (National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System), on which the country's most important technology stocks (Microsoft shares, Intel shares, Google shares, Cisco shares) are traded. The NASDAQ is a somewhat special exchange, as one often finds the securities of relatively young technology companies with a fast and high growth there. The stocks on this exchange come from very different industries. Companies find this exchange particularly interesting because the rules governing financial information there are much less strict than in other financial centers.
The opening times are always the same for all stock exchanges, whether NYSE, NASDAQ or others. American stocks are quoted daily between 3:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. German time. Thanks to electronic trading systems such as the Electronic Communication Network, which are connected to the classic stock exchange, these opening times are being extended. In summary, therefore, you can trade these stocks whenever you want. However, American securities are most volatile during opening hours.
It should also be noted that the American stock markets are controlled by an official body. It is the equivalent of the German BaFin, namely the SEC (Securities Exchange Commission). If you have a problem with a broker or with any of the American exchanges, you can turn to this authority.
The stock indices with the most important American stocks
If you're unsure which US stock to look at, consider stocks whose companies are part of a major US stock index. This is because these stocks have better liquidity than other companies and allow more analysis as you can find a wealth of information about these companies online. Analysts are also very interested in these stocks and are therefore often asked to provide market signals and analysis of the development of their stock price.
The leading index Dow Jones Industrial Average, also known as the Dow Jones, is particularly interesting in this context. It is linked to the NYSE exchange. This index brings together the top 30 companies in the United States. However, it also contains some stocks that are listed on NASDAQ, such as Microsoft shares or Intel shares. The Dow Jones Index was created in 1896. Back then it contained only 12 companies, up from 20 in 1916, then 30 in 1928. So it's one of the oldest stock indices in the world, and given the values it represents, it remains one in the eyes of many investors today the most popular.
There are also variants of the Dow Jones share index, such as the Dow Jones Transportation Average, which, as the name suggests, contains shares of companies in the transport industry, or the Dow Jones Utilities Average, an index with the largest utility companies in the country.
Another leading index that tracks some of the most important American stocks is the NASDAQ. Here, the name also suggests that these are significant stocks that are listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange of the same name. There are also different variants of this stock index. For example, the NASDAQ Composite brings together all companies on this exchange, i.e. more than 5000 shares in total. If you're looking for the country's top stocks, this index isn't exactly the go-to option. In this case, the NASDAQ 100 index is more recommendable. This leading index tracks the 100 most important American companies in terms of market capitalization whose shares are listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
When you trade CFDs on the American Stock Exchange, you have access to the stocks contained in these two major indices.
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