What is the NASDAQ?
It's a stock exchange based in the US that has a particular focus on technology companies. Founded in 1971 by the National Association of Securities Dealers, its computerised systems are designed to allow for efficient and transparent trading.
Where have you heard about the NASDAQ?
The exchange is home to the NASDAQ Composite, one of the world's major stock indices. The NASDAQ Composite includes more than 3,000 stocks and features some of the world's biggest technology companies.
What you need to know about the NASDAQ...
As one of the world's most influential stock exchanges, the NASDAQ is closely followed by both investors and economists.
It's always focused on the technology industry, with the NASDAQ Composite climbing above the 1,000 point mark for the first time in the summer of 1995, as computer companies became more influential. But after rising further, the index was hit badly by the bursting of the dotcom bubble.
The NASDAQ Composite achieved new record closing highs in the months following the election of US President Donald Trump.
The NASDAQ-100 is an index of the 100 largest non-financial companies listed on the NASDAQ exchange from a wide range of industries including technology, retail, healthcare, media and biotechnology.