Wednesday, December 29, 2010

S&P 500

The S&P 500 or Standard & Poor's 500 Index is an index of 500 stocks on the US markets. The index constituents are included based on size, liquidity, industry grouping and other factors - companies are selected by the S&P Index Committee. The S&P 500 represents about 70% of all US publicly traded companies, and is thus viewed by many as the key US market barometer (having more stocks, and comprehensiveness than the Dow Jones Industrial Average). There are a number of financial products based on the S&P 500, including index funds, index ETFs, futures and options, and the core measure of volatility, the VIX is formed off S&P 500 options.

Synonyms: Standard & Poor's, Standard & Poor's 500 Index

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