A stock index or stock market index is a measurement of the value of a section of the stock market. It is computed from the prices of selected stocks (typically a weighted average). It is a tool used by investors and financial managers to describe the market, and to compare the return on specific investments.
An index is a mathematical construct, so it may not be invested in directly. But many mutual funds and exchange-traded funds attempt to "track" an index (see index fund), and those funds that do not may be judged against those that do.
Types of indices
Stock market indices may be classed in many ways. A 'world' or 'global' stock market index includes (typically large) companies without regard for where they are domiciled or traded. Two examples are MSCI World and S&P Global 100.
A 'national' index represents the performance of the stock market of a given nation—and by proxy, reflects investor sentiment on the state of its economy. The most regularly quoted market indices are national indices composed of the stocks of large companies listed on a nation's largest stock exchanges, such as the American S&P 500, the Japanese Nikkei 225, and the British FTSE 100.
Stocks closed lower on Wall Street Tuesday, pulling major indexes back slightly from the records they set a day earlier. Weakness in big technology companies was the biggest factor ... The central bank will release its latest report on Wednesday. On Tuesday. ... The Russell2000 index of smaller companies fell 25.09 points, or 1.1%, to 2,191.83 ... .
stock index futures are trading nearly flat in the pre-market session early Wednesday after retreating from record highs reached the previous session ... At 02.52 GMT, September E-mini S&P 500Index futures are trading 4398.00, up 3.50 or +0.08% ... Chinese tech stocks in Hong Kong, ...
A woman walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong StockExchange in Hong Kong Tuesday, July 27, 2021 ... A woman walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange in Hong Kong Tuesday, July 27, 2021.
Capturing the momentum of retail activity in penny stocks, investment banking firm ElaraCapital has come out with its own ‘IndiaPenny Stocks Index’. “Historically, the Penny Stocks Index has been a strong indicator of topping out of the market, as it starts showing waning retail appetite a little ahead of time.
As selling intensified in the market on Wednesday, as many as 85 stocks on NSE were sending strong 'sell' signals on MACD or moving average convergence divergence. The momentum indicator signaled bearish crossovers on these stocks — a sign of bearish undertone — hinting at possible downsides in the days ahead.
BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) - China's state media sought to soothe investor nerves amid a stock rout that has pushed the nation's benchmark equity index to the brink of a bear market, stressing there was no onshore systemic risk ...Hong Kong's Hang SengIndex this week posted its biggest two-day loss since October 2008.
PakistanStockExchange's (PSX) benchmark KSE-100ShareIndex closed just 14.31 points or 0.03 percent higher at 47,686.99, touching a day high of 47,910.12 points and 47,631.56 points. Ahsan Mehanti, an analyst at Arif Habib Corp, said, stocks showed recovery amid thin trade on speculations ahead of SBP policy announcement today.
* Chinese stocks extend declines . * Indexes down ... stock indexes retreated from record highs on Tuesday, with the Nasdaq tumbling as much as 2.1% as caution kicked in ahead of earnings reports from some of the most valuable technology companies on Wall Street. .
London/Hong Kong — Global equities regained some poise on Wednesday as a storm in Chinese stocks showed signs of easing, while the dollar made modest gains as investors awaited a Federal Reserve meeting ...MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was 0.3% firmer after three consecutive sessions of losses.