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S&P 500 Spread Betting

S&P 500 Spread Betting

Note: Rather than being called the S&P 500 or just S&P, in spread betting and CFD trading, the index is often called 'SPX', 'US 500' or 'USA 500'.

S&P 500 Prices

Indicative S&P 500 prices:

Above, indicative prices from Financial Spreads: 2,500+ live prices available to Spread Betting and CFD clients.

Stock Market Index Comparison

A stock market index comparison table covering the S&P 500 and other popular markets:

FTSE 100 (UK 100) Daily - Spread Size 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
FTSE 100 (UK 100) Daily - Min Stake 1 0.50 2 1 1 1 1 1
FTSE 100 (UK 100) Future - Spread Size 4 4-8 6 4 3 4 4 4
FTSE 100 (UK 100) Future - Min Stake 1 0.50 2 1 1 1 1 1
Dow Jones (Wall St) Daily - Spread Size 1 1 2 1 2-4 1 1 2
Dow Jones (Wall St) - Min Stake 1 0.50 1 1 1 1 1 1
DAX 30 Daily - Spread Size 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
DAX 30 Daily - Min Stake 1 0.50 2 1 1 1 1 1
S&P 500 Daily - Spread Size 3 4 5 3 5 3 3 8
S&P 500 Daily - Min Stake 1 0.50 1 1 1 1 1 1^
NASDAQ 100 Future - Spread Size 3 4-10 4 3 4 3 3 4
NASDAQ 100 Future - Min Stake 1 0.50 4 1 1 1 1 1
Comparison Notes.

Where Can I Spread Bet on the S&P 500?

Investors can spread bet on the S&P 500 through an account with any of these spread betting firms:

S&P 500 Stock Market Analysis and Trading News

Date Trading Update
17-Sep-14 [10:40am]

S&P 500 Daily Market Report

  • The S&P 500 is currently trading at 1,999.2.
  • In the last session, the market closed up 14.5pts (0.73%) at 1,999.7.
30 Minute Chart Analysis

Rising Stock Market The stock market index is above the 20 period MA of 1,998.7 and above the 50 period MA of 1,994.0.

1 Day Chart Analysis

Rising Stock Market The market is currently above the 20 DMA of 1,997.5 and above the 50 DMA of 1,974.1.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
17-Sep-14 [7:42am] The S&P 500 (1998.98) broke above its 20 DMA (1995.4 - positive slope), and remains above its 50 DMA (1973 - flat slope).

Update by InterTrader
17-Sep-14 [7:40am] S&P 500 Technical Analysis (30 mins chart)
  • S&P 500 pivot point: 1979
  • Our preference: Long positions above 1979 with targets @ 2003 & 2014 in extension.
  • Alternative scenario: Below 1979 look for further downside with 1968 & 1961 as targets.
Comment: The RSI is bullish and calls for further upside.

Update by CMC Markets
17-Sep-14 [4:56am] The S&P 500 futures market posted its sharpest rally of the month on Tuesday as it reversed recent losses. Tuesday's high-range close sets the stage for a steady-to-higher opening when Wednesday's session begins trading. Stochastics and the RSI are turning neutral-to-bullish with today's rally signalling that sideways-to-higher prices are possible near-term. If it resumes the rally off August's low into uncharted territory, upside targets will be hard to project. If it extends this month's decline, the reaction low crossing is the next downside target.

Update by PipTrade
15-Sep-14 [9:16am] S&P 500 Technical Analysis (30 mins chart)
  • S&P 500 pivot point: 1985
  • Our preference: Short positions below 1985 with targets @ 1961 & 1954 in extension.
  • Alternative scenario: Above 1985 look for further upside with 1992 & 2002 as targets.
Comment: The RSI is bearish and calls for further downside.

Update by CMC Markets
15-Sep-14 [9:07am] The S&P 500 (1985.54) fell below its 20 DMA (1992.5 - positive slope), and remains above its 50 DMA (1972.6 - positive slope).

Update by InterTrader
15-Sep-14 [8:56am] Updated S&P 500 COT Report

The latest COT Report (Commitments of Traders) for the S&P 500 futures market has been released by the CFTC, please see our S&P 500 COT report below.

Readers should note that we have also updated our Stock Market COT Summary Report.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial

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Where Can I Find Live Spread Betting Prices and Charts for the S&P 500?

We do show readers pretty accurate S&P 500 spread betting prices, please see above.

The live chart below will also give readers a useful insight into the American stock market index.

The contracts for difference chart above usually tracks the underlying S&P 500 futures market (not the daily market).

To analyse live financial spread betting charts/prices for the S&P 500, you might require a spread trading account.

You can also use a spreads account to access the shorter term spot markets. Readers should note that accounts are normally dependent on status, credit and suitability checks.

If your new account is accepted, you will be able to log on and view the live charts and prices. On most platforms, these are free. Having said that, you could get the occasional email or sales call from the relevant firm.

Of course, if you decide to trade then, before starting, you should note that CFD trading and financial spread betting carry a significant level of risk to your funds and losses can exceed your initial deposit.

Technical Charting Packages for the S&P 500

Though charts normally vary across the industry, to help your technical analysis of the S&P 500, the majority of charts usually come with valuable tools, including:
  • Drawing features, for example, trendlines, Fibonacci fans, time zones and arcs
  • Different chart types, for example, candle and bar charts
  • An array of intervals, for example, 1 minute, 5 minute, 15 minute, 1 hour, 2 hour etc

Charts on Tradefair Spreads also include more advanced aspects:
  • BackTesting, Customisable Indicators and Optimisation tools
  • Custom email alerts for when a market hits a specific price
  • Numerous chart overlays, for example, Parabolic SAR, Ichimoku Clouds, Linear Regression etc
  • More than 30 secondary charts, for example, Money Flow, Momentum, Projection Bands, Historical Volatility etc

Example S&P 500 chart from the Financial Spreads platform

S&P 500 Trading Guide - Example Chart

The financial spread betting firms listed below offer clients real time trading charts and prices:
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Where Can I Spread Bet on the S&P 500 for Free?

Investing always involves a degree of risk. However, if you'd like to try a completely free Demo Account, where you can look at spread betting charts and practice trading, please see below.

When deciding which investment option might work for you, also remember that spread trading in the UK is tax free*, i.e. it is exempt from capital gains tax, stamp duty and income tax.

If you're trying to find a free spread betting platform then note that you can financial spread bet on the S&P 500 with no brokers' fees, and zero commissions, via providers like:

Free Demo Account

If you are interested in a completely free Test Account which allows you to practice spread betting, and trading markets like the S&P 500, then you could always look at: Each of the above firms provide a 'Demo Account' that gives users the opportunity to try spread betting, test new ideas, practice with an array of orders and use charts.

How to Spread Bet on the S&P 500

How to Spread Bet on the S&P 500?

As with most key markets, you can spread bet on indices, like the S&P 500, to either rise or fall.

If we log on to a platform like Tradefair, we can see that they are currently pricing the S&P 500 Rolling Daily market at 1435.9 - 1436.3. As a result, you can put a spread bet on the S&P 500 index:

  S&P 500 Spread Trading Example Going higher than 1436.3, or
  S&P 500 Trading Example Going lower than 1435.9

When you spread bet on the S&P 500 index you trade in x per 0.1 points. So if you have a trade of 4 per 0.1 points and the S&P 500 moves 2.2 points then there would be a difference to your P&L of 88. 4 per 0.1 points x 2.2 points = 88.

Rolling Daily Indices Markets

Be aware that this is a Rolling Daily Market and so unlike a normal futures market, there is no settlement date. As a result, if your trade is still open at the end of the trading day, it simply rolls over to the next session.

If you allow your bet to roll over and are spread betting on the market to:

  S&P 500 Trading Example Go up - then you'll pay a small overnight financing fee, or
  S&P 500 Trading Example Go down - then a small payment will usually be credited to your account

To learn more please read Rolling Daily Spread Betting.

S&P 500 Trading Example (Daily)

If we continue with the spread of 1435.9 - 1436.3 and assume:
  • You have analysed the US stock market, and
  • You think that the S&P 500 index will increase and go higher than 1436.3
Then you may decide to go long of the index at 1436.3 and risk, for example, 3 per 0.1 points.

This trade means that you win 3 for every 0.1 points that the S&P 500 index rises above 1436.3. Nevertheless, such a trade also means that you will make a loss of 3 for every 0.1 points that the S&P 500 market decreases below 1436.3.

Put another way, if you Buy a spread bet then your profits (or losses) are found by taking the difference between the closing price of the market and the initial price you bought the spread at. You then multiply that difference in price by your stake.

As a result, if after a few sessions the US stock market moved higher then you might want to close your position so that you can secure your profit.

So if the stock market increased then the spread, set by the spread trading company, might change to 1441.1 - 1441.5. In order to close your spread bet you would sell at 1441.1. Therefore, with the same 3 stake you would make a profit of:

Profit / loss = (Closing Price - Opening Price) x stake
Profit / loss = (1441.1 - 1436.3) x 3 per 0.1 points stake
Profit / loss = 4.8 x 3 per 0.1 points stake
Profit / loss = 144 profit

Speculating on the American stock market, whether by spread betting or otherwise, does not always go to plan. In the above example, you wanted the index to rise. However, it can also fall.

If the S&P 500 market weakened, against your expectations, then you might decide to settle your spread bet to stop any further losses.

So if the market pulled back to 1431.0 - 1431.4 you would settle your spread bet by selling at 1431.0. This would result in a loss of:

Profit / loss = (Closing Price - Opening Price) x stake
Profit / loss = (1431.0 - 1436.3) x 3 per 0.1 points stake
Profit / loss = -5.3 x 3 per 0.1 points stake
Profit / loss = -159 loss

Note: S&P 500 Rolling Daily spread betting market taken as of 21-Dec-12.

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How to Trade S&P 500 Futures

How to Trade S&P 500 Futures

If we go to Financial Spreads, we can see they are pricing the S&P 500 March Futures market at 1427.2 - 1428.0. This means that you can speculate on the S&P 500:

  S&P 500 Futures Example Settling higher than 1428.0, or
  S&P 500 Futures Example Settling lower than 1427.2

On the settlement date for this 'March' market, 15-Mar-13.

Again, if you speculate on the S&P 500 index you trade in x per 0.1 points. As a result, should you decide to risk 3 per 0.1 points and the S&P 500 moves 2.2 points then that would make a difference to your profit/loss of 66. 3 per 0.1 points x 2.2 points = 66.

S&P 500 Futures Trading Example

So, if we take the above spread of 1427.2 - 1428.0 and make the assumptions that:
  • You've analysed the American stock market, and
  • Your analysis suggests the S&P 500 index will close above 1428.0 by 15-Mar-13
Then you might decide to go long of the US market at 1428.0 with a stake of, for the sake of argument, 3 per 0.1 points.

With this contract, you gain 3 for every 0.1 points that the S&P 500 index pushes higher than 1428.0. However, such a contract also means that you will lose 3 for every 0.1 points that the S&P 500 falls below 1428.0.

In other words, with spread trading, when buy a contract, your P&L is calculated by taking the difference between the price the market expires and the price you bought the market at. You then multiply that difference in price by your stake.

So if, on the closing date, the S&P 500 index expired at 1432.6, then you would make a profit:

P&L = (Expiry Price - Opening Price) x stake
P&L = (1432.6 - 1428.0) x 3 per 0.1 points stake
P&L = 4.6 x 3 per 0.1 points stake
P&L = 138 profit

Having said that, trading American stock market futures doesn't always go to plan. In the above example, you wanted the US index to rise. Of course, the index could drop.

If the S&P 500 fell and closed lower at 1424.0, then you would end up making a loss on this contract.

P&L = (Expiry Price - Opening Price) x stake
P&L = (1424.0 - 1428.0) x 3 per 0.1 points stake
P&L = -4.0 x 3 per 0.1 points stake
P&L = -120 loss

Note - S&P 500 March Futures taken as of 27-Sep-12.

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S&P 500 Index Commitments of Traders Report - 9 Sep 2014 (i)

Futures Only Positions, CME , Code 138741, (S&P 500 Index x $250) (i)

Reporting Firms (i) Non-Reportable Positions (i)
Non-Commercial (i)
Commercial (i) Total Reportable (i)
Commitments (i) Open (i) Interest Commitments
Long (i) Short (i) Spreads (i) Long Short Long Short Long Short
10,341 10,356 414 115,606 108,761 126,361 119,531 169,868 43,507 50,337
Changes from 2 Sep 2014 (i) Change in (i) Open Interest Changes from
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short Long Short
231 2,359 0 1,846 2,170 2,077 4,529 5,070 2,993 541
Percent of Open Interest for Each Category of Trader
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short   Long Short
6.1% 6.1% 0.2% 68.1% 64.0% 74.4% 70.4%   25.6% 29.6%
Number of Traders in Each Category (i) Total (i) Traders  
Long Short Spreads Long Short Long Short    
10 10 3 45 44 55 57 89    
Long/Short Commitments Ratios (i)   Long/Short Ratio
Ratio   Ratio Ratio   Ratio
1:1   1.1:1 1.1:1   1:1.2
Net Commitment Change (i)  

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Spread Betting on S&P 500 Companies

Simply click on the company you're interested in spread betting on and we talk you through the most popular spread betting questions on that S&P 500 company:
  • Where can I spread bet on S&P 500 Companies?
  • How to spread bet on American shares?
  • Where can I trade commission free?
  • Etc
Most of these guides also have indicative prices and charts:

Company NameSymbolS&P 500 Shares Spread Betting Guides »
3MMMM3M Spread Betting
Abercrombie & FitchANFAbercrombie & Fitch Spread Betting
AdobeADBEAdobe Spread Betting
AIGAIGAIG Spread Betting
AlcoaAAAlcoa Spread Betting
Alibabaalibaba.nyseAlibaba Spread Betting
AmazonAMZNAmazon Spread Betting
American Electric PowerAEPAmerican Electric Power Spread Betting
American ExpressAXPAmerican Express Spread Betting
AppleAAPLApple Spread Betting
AT&TTAT&T Spread Betting
BaiduBIDUBaidu Spread Betting
Baker HughesBHIBaker Hughes Spread Betting
Bank of AmericaBACBank of America Spread Betting
Bank of New York MellonBKBank of New York Mellon Spread Betting
BaxterBAXBaxter Spread Betting
Berkshire HathawayBRK.BBerkshire Hathaway Spread Betting
BlackBerryBBRYBlackBerry Spread Betting
BoeingBABoeing Spread Betting
Cabot Oil & GasCOGCabot Oil & Gas Spread Betting
Campbell SoupCPBCampbell Soup Spread Betting
Capital ONECOFCapital ONE Spread Betting
CaterpillarCATCaterpillar Spread Betting
CBSCBSCBS Spread Betting
Chesapeake EnergyCHKChesapeake Energy Spread Betting
ChevronCVXChevron Spread Betting
CiscoCSCOCisco Spread Betting
CitigroupCCiti Group Spread Betting
Cliffs Natural ResourcesCLFCliffs Natural Resources Spread Betting
Coca ColaCCECoca Cola Spread Betting
Conoco PhillipsCOPConoco Phillips Spread Betting
Consol EnergyCNXConsol Energy Spread Betting
Consolidated EdisonEDConsolidated Edison Spread Betting
Constellation BrandsSTZConstellation Brands Spread Betting
Costco WholesaleCOSTCostco Wholesale Spread Betting
CumminsCMICummins Spread Betting
CVS/CaremarkCVSCVS/Caremark Spread Betting
DeereDEDeere Spread Betting
Devon EnergyDVNDevon Energy Spread Betting
Dow ChemicalDOWDow Chemical Spread Betting
Du PontDDDu Pont Spread Betting
eBayEBAYeBay Spread Betting
ExpediaEXPEExpedia Spread Betting
Exxon MobilXOMExxon Mobil Spread Betting
FacebookFBFacebook Spread Betting
FedExFDXFedEx Spread Betting
FordFFord Spread Betting
Franklin ResourcesBENFranklin Resources Spread Betting
Freeport-McMoranFCXFreeport-McMoran Spread Betting
GamestopGMEGamestop Spread Betting
GarminGRMNGarmin Spread Betting
General DynamicsGDGeneral Dynamics Spread Betting
General ElectricGEGeneral Electric Spread Betting
Goldman SachsGSGoldman Sachs Spread Betting
GoogleGOOGGoogle Spread Betting
HalliburtonHALHalliburton Spread Betting
Hewlett PackardHPQHewlett Packard Spread Betting
Home DepotHDHome Depot Spread Betting
HoneywellHONHoneywell Spread Betting
IBMIBMIBM Spread Betting
InfosysINFYInfosys Spread Betting
IntelINTCIntel Spread Betting
JC PenneyJCPJC Penney Spread Betting
Johnson and JohnsonJNJJohnson and Johnson Spread Betting
JPMorgan ChaseJPMJPMorgan Chase Spread Betting
LinkedInLNKDLinkedIn Spread Betting
Lockheed MartinLMTLockheed Martin Spread Betting
Manchester UnitedMANUManchester United Spread Betting
MastercardMAMastercard Spread Betting
McDonaldsMCDMcDonalds Spread Betting
MerckMRKMerck Spread Betting
MicrosoftMSFTMicrosoft Spread Betting
MonsantoMONMonsanto Spread Betting
Moody'sMCOMoody's Spread Betting
Morgan StanleyMSMorgan Stanley Spread Betting
National Oilwell VarcoNOVNational Oilwell Varco Spread Betting
NetflixNFLXNetflix Spread Betting
Newmont MiningNEMNewmont Mining Spread Betting
News CorpNWSNews Corp Spread Betting
NikeNKENike Spread Betting
OracleORCLOracle Spread Betting
PaychexPAYXPaychex Spread Betting
Peabody EnergyBTUPeabody Energy Spread Betting
PepsiCoPEPPepsiCo Spread Betting
PfizerPFEPfizer Spread Betting
Philip MorrisPMPhilip Morris Spread Betting
Procter and GamblePGProcter and Gamble Spread Betting
SalesforceCRMSalesforce Spread Betting
SchlumbergerSLBSchlumberger Spread Betting
SchwabSCHWSchwab Spread Betting
SouthernSOSouthern Spread Betting
Southwest AirlinesLUVSouthwest Airlines Spread Betting
StarbucksSBUXStarbucks Spread Betting
SymantecSYMCSymantec Spread Betting
Time WarnerTWCTime Warner Spread Betting
TravelersTRVTravelers Spread Betting
TripadvisorTRIPTripadvisor Spread Betting
TwitterTWTRSpread Betting and Trading Twitter Shares
United TechnologiesUTXUnited Technologies Spread Betting
UnitedHealthUNHUnitedHealth Spread Betting
UPSUPSUPS Spread Betting
US SteelXUS Steel Spread Betting
VerisignVRSNVerisign Spread Betting
VerizonVZVerizon Spread Betting
ViacomVIAViacom Spread Betting
VisaVVisa Spread Betting
Wal-MartWMTWal-Mart Spread Betting
WalgreenWAGWalgreen Spread Betting
Walt DisneyDISWalt Disney Spread Betting
Wells FargoWFCWells Fargo Spread Betting
Western UnionWUWestern Union Spread Betting
Wynn ResortsWYNNWynn Resorts Spread Betting
YahooYHOOYahoo Spread Betting

Individual Shares Spread Betting Guides

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About the S&P 500

Rather than being called the S&P or S&P 500, in financial spread betting and CFD trading, the American index is often called 'US 500', 'USA 500' or 'SPX'.

The S&P 500 defines the broader US equities market. An index tracking the performance of the top 500 US companies.

S&P indices have over $1.53 trillion in indexed assets. The history of the S&P 500 dates back to 1923. It expanded to 500 companies in 1957.

S&P 500 Index Constituent's Characteristics:
  • Market Coverage: approximately 75% of the US equities market
  • Weighting: Market capitalisation
  • Market Capitalization: minimum of $5bn
  • Public Float: at least 50%
  • Reconstitution: as needed basis
S&P Index Governance and Policy

This index is maintained by the S&P Index Committee which includes Standard & Poor's economists and index analysts.

For more details visit the official Standard and Poor's Website: standardandpoors.com

For the latest view on the stock market see Daily Market Review.

Applying Technical Analysis to the S&P 500

Below, an older but still useful case study on the US stock market by Shai Heffetz, InterTrader, 29-Jun-2011.

The S&P 500 has been widely used as a bellwether for the US economy ever since it was published for the first time in 1957.

It is an index of the top 500 companies in terms of market capitalisation trading on the NASDAQ and New York stock exchanges.

The index has been in a relatively strong bull market since September 2010. This started to lose momentum at the beginning of March and since then the market has moved mostly sideways.

On 3 June 2011, it closed below the Ichimoku cloud for the first time in quite a while, indicating that the bull run has finally been broken. On 6 June the S&P 500 formed a new low of 1285.90 and continued to trade generally downwards, forming a new low of 1264.90 on the 15th of June.

Currently the market is somewhat directionless, as can be seen by the fact that the blue Kijun Sen line in the chart below has turned flat.

S&P 500 Spread Betting Chart

The big picture on the technical analysis remains bearish, however. The green Chinkou Span line is well below the price of 26 periods ago and the price is below the green Ichimoku cloud, whilst the red Tenkan Sen line is also below the blue Kijun Sen. All this adds up to a clear indication of a short-term downturn in the price.

Some analysts believe the price is forming a double bottom before heading up again. This will only be confirmed if the price breaks upwards through the Ichimoku cloud in the near future, which is currently quite far away at 1332.95.

Any move below the recent low of 1257.90 will be a clear indication that the bearish sentiment is winning on the S&P 500 market and we could soon see new lows.

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'S&P 500 Spread Betting' edited by Jacob Wood, updated 17-Sep-14

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