The CAC (Cotation Assistée en Continu) 40 is the benchmark French stock market index, representing the 40 most significant companies among the 100 highest market capitalisations listed on the Euronext Paris exchange. It is one of the biggest European stock markets, and hence one of the most important national indices of the pan-European stock exchange group, Euronext.
The Deutscher Aktienindex, or DAX, tracks the value of the 30 biggest companies listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FSE) and this is represented in real time by the DAX price.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, often referred to as ‘the Dow’, is a price-weighted index that tracks the value of 30 publicly-owned companies listed on the NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). It is represented in real-time by the Dow price.
The Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 Index, otherwise known as the FTSE 100 Index, is a share index of the 100 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange that have the highest market capitalisation. The FTSE 100 is often seen as a gauge of the health of the UK economy The FTSE 100 represents roughly 81% of the value of the UK market on the London Stock Exchange.
The Hang Seng 50 is an index of the 50 largest and most actively traded companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Founded as a “Dow Jones Index for Hong Kong”, the Hang Seng 50 serves as a benchmark index and the major indicator of Hong Kong’s market performance, as well as a proxy for a wider Asian market.
The Italy 40, or FTSE MIB, is an index of the 40 largest and most actively traded companies listed on the Borsa Italiana. Launched in 1997, the Italy 40 serves as a national and international benchmark index, and the major indicator of the Italian stock market performance.
The NASDAQ 100 index is an index of the 100 largest and most actively traded companies listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. The index serves as a benchmark index for US technology stocks, though it also includes companies in the retail, industrial, biotechnology and health sectors.
The S&P 500, also known as Standard & Poor’s 500, is a stock market index that tracks the stock price performance of the top 500 companies in the US.