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Stock Market Index Price Comparison


A price comparison table looking at the 'spread size' and minimum stakes for the most popular stock market indices.

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. - this table is not meant to be inclusive, index spread betting may be available through other brokers.


Stock Market Spread Betting Analysis & News


Date Trading Update
30-Jul-14 [4:20pm] Markets have turned lower again ahead of the Federal Open Market Committee decision tonight, with a stronger dollar taking a bite out of equities too following US GDP news.

The 6770 level comes back into focus for the FTSE 100 this afternoon, following a swift turnaround over the past two sessions that has put indices on the back foot.

Barclays remains the standout winner of the day, and banks generally can still take the credit for limiting the extent of the damage.

However, the natural pre-FOMC tendency of equity markets has been enhanced by the bounceback in US economic growth, which has given the US dollar a lift and left the key indices without much visible support.

This itself was exacerbated by a weaker ADP number that removed any hope of a positive spin to the afternoon.

However, the final verdict won't arrive until after the Federal Reserve meeting, and with month-end looming there is still time for indices to make up lost ground.

The Dow Jones is moving through the 50-day moving average for the first time since mid-May, a sign of the usual summer fragility that can sink an equity rally in quick time.

Most stock watchers have spent the day watching Twitter edge lower following the euphoric reaction to the results last night, but sentiment towards the company does seem to have been dramatically transformed.

More growth is needed, but Twitter seems to have found its footing after a long period of uncertainty.

The poorer ADP figure bodes poorly for Friday's job numbers, and if the Fed fails to act in a suitably dovish manner the outlook for stocks looks increasingly cloudy.

Update by David Madden, Market Analyst, IG Index
30-Jul-14 [1:09pm] European markets are trading mixed heading into afternoon trading, with the FTSE 100 down 7 points and the DAX up 15 prior to the US open.

The euro has continued to weaken against the dollar, with the pair hitting an 8 month low today.

EUR/USD is currently trading around the $1.3400 level after a slight rebound when this key support level broke earlier in the day hitting lows of $1.3395.

Looking ahead to the US open, the futures are pointing towards a slightly stronger open prior to the ADP non-farm employment change figure due this afternoon.

Investors will also be eagerly awaiting the statement from the Federal Reserve which will be made public this evening with investors expecting a hawkish outlook.

Update by Sam Fox, Trader, Spreadex
30-Jul-14 [11:55am] This video on our trading blog discusses the latest outlook for the DAX 30, as well as some UK banking stocks.

German PMI Data is Likely to Determine Whether DAX Remains Bearish

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
30-Jul-14 [10:40am] After concerns over intensifying Russian sanctions overran strong earnings reports yesterday, US markets, particularly the tech-heavy NASDAQ are looking stronger on the open.

This comes after Twitter jumped 30% in after-hours trading by smashing user growth expectations ahead of key economic reports.

Futures suggest the Dow Jones will open 27 points higher at 16,939, with the S&P 500 expected to open 3 points higher at 1,972 and the NASDAQ 10 points higher at 3,969.

Today's GDP release and FOMC meeting will be all important for the current bull market in stocks.

The Fed is moving towards tightening monetary policy but economic growth fell off a cliff in the first quarter.

If the Fed indicates its closer to tightening monetary policy but the economy is not growing, the profits currently being enjoyed by US corporations are unlikely to last and stocks will start to discount lost future earnings by turning lower.

Today will also see earnings from Sprint, Kraft, Lorillard, Shutterfly and Wholefoods.

Update by Jasper Lawler, Market Analyst, CMC Markets
30-Jul-14 [10:07am] It's been a choppy morning so far in London, but trades have been mostly to the downside ahead of big US numbers despite a warm reception for Barclays' quarterly figures.

The big news of the day is still to come and as such the FTSE 100 is drifting this morning, although at least Barclays and the wider bank sector is doing its bit to stem the losses.

Shares in the bank are up over 4%, as markets give the numbers a thumbs up despite a drop in revenues at the investment banking division and yet another increase in PPI provisions.

Litigation worries will stalk the bank for the rest of the year, even if the earnings momentum seen in this recent update can be sustained.

Antofagasta led the mining sector down as investors fretted about the rationale for increasing copper output at a time when the broader market is expected to record ongoing surpluses.

Couple that with rising labour costs and it looks like a grim future for Antofagasta shares.

There will barely be time to pause for breath today once US data starts emerging, with ADP numbers kicking off the afternoon, followed swiftly by US GDP and then the Federal Reserve meeting.

It feels like markets have been on hold for the week so far, seeing jumpy trade on conflicting expectations about the outcomes today.

Sentiment still seems weak following news of fresh sanctions against Russia, so a weaker ADP or GDP number could see the selling of yesterday turn into something more serious.

Ahead of the open, we expect the Dow Jones to open 14 points higher at 16,926.

Update by Chris Beauchamp, Market Analyst, IG Index
30-Jul-14 [9:31am] European indices are a little weaker today after US shares slipped on weak results from UPS ahead of tonight's FOMC statement.



Update by Adrien Cohen, Market Analyst, ETX Capital
30-Jul-14 [8:11am] Stock Market Update:

Compared to the overnight close:

Rising Stocks The FTSE 100 is trading up 6.8pts (0.10%) at 6,807.5
Rising Stocks The Dow Jones is trading up 30pts (0.17%) at 16,946
Rising Stocks The S&P 500 is trading up 3.3pts (0.17%) at 1,972.7
Rising Stocks The NASDAQ 100 is trading up 7.2pts (0.18%) at 3,970.1
Rising Stocks The Nikkei 225 is trading up 36pts (0.23%) at 15,650
Rising Stocks The German DAX 30 is trading up 32.6pts (0.34%) at 9,655.5
Rising Stocks The French CAC 40 is trading up 2.6pts (0.06%) at 4,354.3
Rising Stocks The Italy 40 is trading up 27pts (0.13%) at 21,061
Rising Stocks The Spain 35 is trading up 17pts (0.16%) at 10,934
Rising Stocks The Euro Stoxx 50 is trading up 11pts (0.35%) at 3,187
Rising Stocks The Holland 25 is trading up 0.9pts (0.22%) at 406.9
Rising Stocks The Switzerland 20 is trading up 14.5pts (0.17%) at 8,527.0

  For more international stock markets see our Index Price Table.

  Pricing notes.


Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
30-Jul-14 [7:48am] US indices closed lower on Tuesday pressured by shares in the Transportation, Capital Goods and Utilities sectors.

On the economic data front, the Consumer Confidence Index was 90.9 (85.4 expected) in July.

The S&P 500 (1969.95) broke below its 20 DMA (1975.37 - positive slope), but remains above its 50 DMA (1950.01 - positive slope).

European markets are expected to open on a negative note.

Update by InterTrader
30-Jul-14 [7:33am] Asian stocks advanced overnight, rising for a fourth day with the regional benchmark index extending its six year highs.

The rally comes ahead of the Federal Reserve update later today.

Markets closed weaker yesterday, with the Dow Jones trading 70 points lower as the European Union and the United States announced further sanctions against Russia, targeting its energy, banking and defence sectors.

Better than expected data from the US yesterday failed to incentivise buying, following a report which showed improving US consumer sentiment, with the index rising to 90.9 - the highest reading since October 2007.

The US dollar hovered at a six-month peak against a basket of major currencies, as dollar bulls hold out hope the US second quarter gross domestic product will show the economy has rebounded from a very poor first quarter, after the bitter US winter took its toll on the economy.

Investors are also hoping the Federal Reserve will provide some hints on when it will raise interest rates.

Investors are likely to remain cautious at the start of the European trading session, analysing the consequences of tougher sanctions on Russia.

We are currently calling the FTSE down 7 to 6800, whilst DAX futures traded 14 points lower to 9636.

Gold remained near the lowest level this week on signs US economic growth is gaining momentum, countered haven demand from increased tension in Ukraine and Gaza.

Update by Lee Mumford, Trader, Spreadex
30-Jul-14 [6:02am] European equities are set to open lower this morning as the details of yesterday's US and EU sanctions against Russia weigh on sentiment.

US stocks had soared in the early part of the session on the back of consumer confidence rising to 90.9, the highest reading since October 2007.

However, geopolitical risk took centre stage as President Obama appeared to adopt a tougher tone by revealing fresh sanctions.

Whilst Europe initially seemed quite nonchalant, managing to close the session with decent gains, US markets had longer to think about the fallout of such moves and reversed course.

As a result, the Dow Jones ended deep in the red, losing 61 points to 16,918.5.

Prior to the announcement of the sanctions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was dismissive of the potential impact on Russia, suggesting that they wouldn't resort to tit-for-tat retaliation.

However, wary uncertainty has now descended on the markets over what Putin's reaction will be.

There has yet to be any official response and the silence is akin to watching/waiting for your opponent make a move in chess.

Update by Jonathan Sudaria, Market Dealer, Financial Spreads
30-Jul-14 [5:40am] After a fairly quiet and low key couple of days, market volatility could well ratchet higher today with a number of important data announcements coming from the US later this afternoon.

While we saw a positive finish yesterday for Europe, stocks did give up some of their gains towards the end of the day after the details of the latest round of EU sanctions were announced.

This wiped out the advances we had seen in the afternoon session despite US data showing a significant improvement in consumer confidence to levels last seen in 2007, jumping to 90.9 in July.

This once again highlights the continuing divergence between what US consumers say, and what they do given that, thus far, retail sales growth has gone in the opposite direction to the confidence surveys.

Q2 Data Struggling to Make Up for Q1

For some time now we've heard all manner of speculation that the slowdown in the US economy seen in Q1 was an aberration, caused by the worst winter in living memory.

The slowdown in Q1, we were told, would be more than offset by a strong bounce back in Q2.

While this may well be true, the fact is that in the space of six weeks, expectations for Q1 growth went from a figure of 1% in April, to a contraction of 2.9%, with no discernible effect on stock market valuations.

The severity of the contraction in Q1 then raised expectations that due to a rebound effect we could well get a 4% print for Q2.

This remains highly optimistic and unlikely given some of the recent data.

US Employment Figures

First and foremost we have the latest ADP employment report for July.

The recent rebound in the jobs market in comparison to Q1 would certainly support some form of rebound, and manufacturing data has been positive, but other factors in the US economy have been less so, including retail sales and durable goods which have been lacklustre.

This shouldn't be surprising given that wages growth remains weak and slightly below the rate of inflation.

For example, retail sales growth in Q2 was actually below the retail sales growth seen in Q1, while recent housing data has been less than positive.

Given that the US economy is 70% driven by consumption and healthcare spending, the best we can possibly hope for is a reversal of the 2.9% contraction seen in Q1, which would put us back to where we were at the beginning of the year in terms of the size of the US economy.

Expectations are for annualised GDP to come in at 3% for Q2, while the ADP employment report is expected to show 234k new jobs added in July.

We could well see a revision to the June jobs number of 281k.

Will FOMC Mention Rate Hike Timing?

In the wake of these numbers, the latest FOMC decision is expected to see a further $10bn shaved off the monthly total of asset purchases to $25bn a month, bringing us ever closer to speculation about the Fed's exit strategy with respect to its current extraordinary measures.

Financial spread betting markets will be looking for any hints about a change in tone particularly in respect to the timing of a possible rate rise.

Irrespective of this afternoon's GDP number the main focus is likely to remain on the employment outlook and Friday's employment report given continued improvements seen in recent weekly jobless claims data.

As for today's European market open, a lower close in the US last night is expected to see a lower open as geopolitical concerns return as the details of the new round of sanctions are mulled over ahead of the release of the latest German CPI inflation data.

Update by Michael Hewson, Senior Market Analyst, CMC Markets
30-Jul-14 [4:11am] Daily Stock Market Moves:

How the key stock market indices closed compared to the previous session:

Rising Stocks The FTSE 100 closed up 8.8pts (0.13%) at 6,800.7
Falling Stocks The Dow Jones closed down -64pts (-0.38%) at 16,916
Falling Stocks The S&P 500 closed down -8.8pts (-0.44%) at 1,969.4
Falling Stocks The NASDAQ 100 closed down -1.9pts (-0.05%) at 3,962.9
Rising Stocks The Nikkei 225 closed up 63pts (0.41%) at 15,614
Rising Stocks The German DAX 30 closed up 14.1pts (0.15%) at 9,622.9
Rising Stocks The French CAC 40 closed up 5.1pts (0.12%) at 4,351.7
Rising Stocks The Italy 40 closed up 48pts (0.23%) at 21,034
Rising Stocks The Spain 35 closed up 33pts (0.30%) at 10,917
Falling Stocks The Euro Stoxx 50 closed down -1pts (-0.03%) at 3,176
Rising Stocks The Holland 25 closed up 0.8pts (0.20%) at 406.0
Falling Stocks The Switzerland 20 closed down -32.5pts (-0.38%) at 8,512.5

  For more global indices see our Stock Market Price Table.

  Pricing notes.


Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
29-Jul-14 [4:20pm] The FTSE has seen its gains increase during the afternoon, with US markets opening higher as well following yet more earnings updates.

Having breezed back through 6800 today, the level that caused it so much trouble in recent sessions, the FTSE 100 is now seemingly on course for yet another try at 6880.

It has been the case again and again that apparently major risks to the equity environment, such as Ukraine, only last for a few days before the fear factor recedes.

That appears to be happening again, with the index helped on its way by good updates from serial strong performer Next.

Even so, today could mark the high point of the week, with the avalanche of major US figures conspiring to reduce the general appetite for equities.

In addition, August and its low-volume purgatory are now on the horizon, raising the risk that gains this week could be transitory at best.

Today's move back above 17,000 for the Dow Jones is likely to provoke another outbreak of general unhappiness among those predicting a correction.

But with earnings still coming in ahead of expectations, the dips are still likely to be brief and shallow.

The big news of the day is still to come, with Twitter earnings after the bell.

As ever, Twitter lives in Facebook's shadow; the comparisons are many but the key is monetisation.

Facebook seems to have pulled it off, and Twitter needs to do the same to convince the doubters that the platform has the long-term viability needed to justify its valuation.

Update by Chris Beauchamp, Market Analyst, IG Index
29-Jul-14 [10:43am] After a shaky session yesterday, US markets look set to open lower today as markets kick into gear on numerous corporate earnings releases and consumer confidence data.

Futures suggest the Dow Jones will open 19 points lower at 16,963, with the S&P 500 expected to open 3 points lower at 1,975 and the NASDAQ 6 points lower at 3,961.

With no earnings for US blue-chips yesterday, the Dow staged a late recovery and again closed above 16,950 in what was an unsteady session on mixed economic data.

If the benchmark is to break its high at 17,150 in the near term, the first release for second quarter GDP on Wednesday is likely to be a key driver given the way the poor number from the first quarter was written off as weather-related.

The largest cap stocks have underperformed broader indices in the past few sessions; whether this trend continues will in part depend on earnings before the open from pharma giants Merck and Pfizer.

The pharmaceutical sector has added to bullish sentiment in markets with a wave of M&A that saw AbbVie successfully takeover Ireland's Shire.

Repositioning in the face of competition from generic drugs as patents run out have seen most of the big pharma companies swap assets to concentrate on more profitable lines of the business.

Pfizer failed in their attempted bid for AstraZeneca; it is expected to report earnings of $0.57 per share on revenue of $12.46bn.

Merck & Co is expected to earn $0.81 per share on revenue of $10.6bn.

Herbalife will be a focus again on the open, the company rallied after hedge fund manager Bill Ackman's unconvincing presentation on the company's purported pyramid scheme but has collapsed again afterhours after reporting a drop in quarterly profits.

After today's close Twitter have a lot of naysayers to disprove after last quarters disappointing user growth figures; it is expected to lose -$0.01 per share on revenue of $283m.

Update by Jasper Lawler, Market Analyst, CMC Markets
29-Jul-14 [10:43am] In mid-morning trading the FTSE 100 is down five points as traders fail to get excited about earnings season.

GKN is leading the FTSE 100, with the engineering firm raising its profits and dividend.

The strong pound has weighed on its sales but it hasn’t affected the share price, which is up over 6%.

It would appear that there is no stopping Next, the fashion retailer has gone from strength to strength after it announced another increase in profits and raised its full-year guidance.

The increase in market regulation and a drop in market volatility are evident when looking at the revenue stream from interdealer broker Tullet Prebon.

Major investment banks are earning less from fixed income, currencies and commodities, and this is trickling down to the deal makers.

BP is being tarred with the same brush as Russia, and being in bed with the oil producing nation could hit its second-quarter profits.

Additional sanctions could be slapped on Moscow and the judgement from Yukos oil could hurt Rosneft, which BP owns a stake in.

In the US, we are expecting the Dow Jones to open 20 points lower at 16,965.

Herbalife missed expectations, which took investors by surprise, after previously exceeding quarterly estimates for over five years in a row.

The stock fell over 10% in post-market trading.

Update by David Madden, Market Analyst, IG Index

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Where Can I Spread Bet on Stock Market Indices

Where Can I Spread Bet on Stock Market Indices?


At the moment, investors can speculate on stock market indices with:

Live Stock Market Spread Betting Prices and Charts


We do give readers some fairly accurate spread betting prices for the daily index markets, please see index spread betting prices above.

The live CFD chart and prices below will offer readers a useful look at the FTSE 100 (UK 100) stock market index.

You can use the search option on the chart to select other indices like the Dow Jones (USA 30), S&P 500 (USA 500), DAX 30 (Germany 30), etc.


The above chart, provided by Plus 500, usually follows the FTSE 100 futures market (not the spot market).

If you want to study live spread betting prices and charts for the stock market, then naturally, one option is to use a spread betting account.

A spreads account would also give you access to daily markets. Users should note that accounts are subject to credit, suitability and status checks.

If you apply, and your application is approved, you can log on and use the live charts and prices. These are usually provided for free.

Of course, if you decide to trade then, before you start, you should be aware that spread trading and contracts for difference involve a significant level of risk to your capital and it is possible to incur losses that exceed your initial investment.

Advanced Stock Market Charts


Although charting software and packages can differ across the various firms, in order to assist you with your trading, the majority of charts usually have features such as:
  • A variety of time intervals - 1 minute, 2 minute, 10 minute, 1 hour, 2 hour, 1 day, etc
  • Indicators - Moving Average, MACD, Momentum, RSI, TSI etc
  • Various display styles - bar charts and candlestick charts
  • Tools for drawing features - Fibonacci retracements and trendlines
The charts provided by FinancialSpreads.com also come with other benefits such as:
  • Custom email alerts when a market reaches a certain level
  • Back Testing and Analysis tools

Typical index spread betting chart

Stock Market Trading Guide - Example Chart


The financial spread betting brokers in the following list offer users real-time trading prices and charts:

Where Can I Spread Bet on Stock Market for Free?


Investing in the stock market always has its risks, but if you want a free Practice Account, which lets you try spread betting, see below for more details.

Also, don't forget that in the UK, spread betting is exempt from capital gains tax, income tax and stamp duty*.

If you're trying to find a low cost stock market/spread betting platform, keep in mind that you can speculate on the indices without having to pay any commissions or brokers’ fees via companies like:

Free Demo Account


If you are interested in a free Demo Account where you can practice index spread betting, then take a look at: The above companies provide a Test Account that lets investors try out new trading ideas, review professional charts and practice with an array of trading orders.


Stock Market Trades: Daily vs Futures Markets


Many investors prefer daily markets to futures markets. In the trading examples below we cover both daily and futures.

A 'Rolling Daily' market is unlike a futures market in that there is no closing date.

If you decide to leave your trade open at the end of the day, it simply rolls over to the next trading day.

If a trade is rolled over and you are spread betting on the market to:

  Index Spread Betting Example Go up - then you are charged a small overnight financing fee, or
  Index Spread Betting Example Go down - then you will usually receive a small credit to your account

For a more detailed example see Rolling Daily Spread Betting.

Futures Markets

A ‘futures’ market will normally have a wider spread than a ‘daily’ market. However, you do not normally have ‘daily rolling’ costs with a futures market.

Having said that, if you are trading a quarterly futures market, i.e. a market that closes at the end of the quarter, and you want to keep it open past the expiry date then you will often incur a small cost at the end of the quarter.

Importantly, if you plan on doing this, you need to tell your spread betting company in advance, i.e. before the contract expires.


How to Spread Bet on Stock Market

How to Spread Bet on a Stock Market Index?


An index is a statistical indicator that represents the total value of the stocks that constitute it eg the FTSE and Dow Jones are both indices. It often serves as a barometer for a given market or industry and acts as a benchmark from which financial or economic performance is measured.

As with many global markets, you can spread bet on a stock market index to rise or fall.

FTSE 100 Index - Rolling Daily Example


If we go onto Financial Spreads, we can see that they are pricing the FTSE 100 Rolling Daily market at 5819.7 - 5820.7. This means you can spread bet on the FTSE 100 index:

  Index Spread Betting Example Moving higher than 5820.7, or
  Index Spread Betting Example Moving lower than 5819.7

Whilst placing a spread bet on the FTSE 100 index you trade in £x per point. Therefore, if you choose to have a stake of £3 per point and the FTSE 100 moves 32 points then that would be a difference to your P&L of £96. £3 per point x 32 points = £96.

So, let’s assume:
  • You have done your analysis, and
  • Your analysis suggests the FTSE 100 index will move higher than 5820.7
If so, you might want to buy a spread bet at 5820.7 for a stake of, let’s say, £4 per point.

With this trade you make a profit of £4 for every point that the FTSE 100 index moves above 5820.7. Conversely, however, you will lose £4 for every point that the FTSE 100 market drop below the 5820.7 level.

Or, in other words, if you were to buy a spread bet then your profit/loss is worked out by taking the difference between the closing price of the market and the price you bought the market at. You then multiply that difference in price by your stake.

If, after a few hours, the UK stock market rose then you might consider closing your position in order to lock in your profit.

If the FTSE rose then the spread, set by the spread trading firm, might move up to 5849.3 - 5850.3. In order to close your spread bet you would sell at 5849.3. So if you sell with the same £4 stake your profit would be calculated as:

Profit / loss = (Closing Price - Opening Price) x stake
Profit / loss = (5849.3 - 5820.7) x £4 per point stake
Profit / loss = 28.6 x £4 per point stake
Profit / loss = £114.40 profit

Speculating on stock market indices won't always go to plan. In this case, you wanted the UK index to rise. Of course, stock markets can fall.

If the FTSE 100 market began to fall then you could close your trade in order to limit your losses.

If the UK stock market dropped to 5785.8 - 5786.8 you would close your trade by selling at 5785.8. So your loss would be calculated as:

Profit / loss = (Closing Price - Opening Price) x stake
Profit / loss = (5785.8 - 5820.7) x £4 per point stake
Profit / loss = -34.9 x £4 per point stake
Profit / loss = -£139.60 loss

Note: FTSE 100 Rolling Daily market quoted as of 28-Nov-12.


How to Spread Bet on Indices - Selling FTSE 100 Futures Market


Let's say a firm is offering a FTSE 100 Futures price of 6202 - 6206, i.e. you can 'buy' at 6206 or 'sell' at 6202.
  • You think the FTSE is going to go down, so you 'Sell'.
  • You decide to risk £10 per point
  • The market rises in the afternoon. You decide to cut your losses by closing your bet at the latest current Daily FTSE price
  • The new quote is 6210 - 6212
  • To close a 'sell' bet you simply 'buy' at the top end of the spread for the same stake
  • You buy £10/point at 6212
  • Closing price = 6212
  • Profit / Loss = (Opening price - Closing price) x stake
  • Opening price = 6202
  • Profit / Loss = (6202 - 6212) x £10 per point
  • -10 point Loss x £10 per point
  • Loss = -£100

How to Spread Bet on a Stock Market - Selling US Futures (Wall Street)


Let's say Wall Street, i.e. the Dow Jones, has been gaining steadily but you feel the current level of 12215 is a medium term high. Therefore you could have a look at Wall Street Mar (March) and see the quote is 12331 - 12345.

Therefore you decide to SELL (go short) at 12331 for a stake of £5 per point.

You have Sold but the even if the price does increase you will still make a profit as long as it doesn't go above 12331 from the current level of 12215.

Let's say you're not quite right and the market continues to go up but only a fraction and in March it settles at 12290.

Your profit is calculated by calculating the difference between the closing level (12290) and the opening price (12331) and multiplying that by your stake.

Profit on day = (12331 - 12290) x £5 per point stake
Profit on day = 41 points x £5 per point = £205 profit

However had Wall Street continued to increase at a greater rate and closed at 12360, you would have lost.

Loss = (12331 - 12360) x £5 per point stake
Loss = -29 points x £5 per point = -£145 loss

Note: Wall Street market as of Jun 2012.


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Individual Stock Market Guides


Below we have listed guides to the worlds’ major stock markets.

The guides for the more popular stock market indices have real-time prices and charts as well as regular market updates and analysis.

All of the guides below have worked trading examples and answer popular questions such as:
  • Where can I spread bet?
  • Where can I get live prices / charts?
  • Where can I trade commission free?
  • Where can I practice trading?
  • Etc.

Each spread betting company offers their own specific markets. However, nearly all large spread betting firms offer markets on these popular indices:

European Stock Markets American Stock Markets Rest of the World Stock Markets
FTSE 100 | Prices | Chart | Analysis Dow Jones | Prices | Chart | Analysis Nikkei 225 | Prices | Chart | Analysis
DAX 30 | Prices | Chart | Analysis S&P 500 | Prices | Chart | Analysis Hang Seng | Prices | Chart | Analysis
CAC 40 | Prices | Chart | Analysis Nasdaq 100 | Prices | Chart | Analysis


The majority of firms will also offer futures and/or daily markets on the following:

European Stock Markets American Stock Markets Rest of the World Stock Markets
AEX Index Spread Betting Russ 2K Spread Betting Brazil Index Spread Betting
Euro Stoxx 50 Spread Betting China Enterprise Spread Betting
FTSE 250 Spread Betting Indian Nifty 50 Spread Betting
Irish Stock Market Spread Betting
Italy 40 Spread Betting
MDAX Spread Betting
Spain 35 Spread Betting
Swiss SMI Spread Betting


Only a handful of firms offer the following markets. Whilst all spread betting is a high risk form of trading, users may want to take extra care when trading the following, these index markets are:
  • Less popular and therefore the ‘spreads’ tend to be wider i.e. the underlying market has to move further before you can close your trade for a profit.
  • More volatile and more likely to ‘gap’ or ‘slip’ than a liquid index like the FTSE 100 or Dow.

European Stock Markets American Stock Markets Rest of the World Stock Markets
Austria 20 Spread Betting - Canada 60 Spread Betting
Belgium 20 Spread Betting China A50 Spread Betting
Denmark 20 Spread Betting Korea 200 Spread Betting
Greece 20 Spread Betting Mexico 35 Spread Betting
Hungary 12 Spread Betting Singapore Blue Chip Spread Betting
Norway 25 Spread Betting South Africa 40 Spread Betting
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Commitments of Traders Stock Market Reports


When studying the CFTC COT reports, investors will often concentrate on the Non-Commercial commitments and the Change in Open Interest. Therefore, every week, we publish the latest data in the following ‘Summary Non-Commercial and Open Interest COT Report’.

For the full COT report for a particular stock market index, and to see how traders are altering their positions, just click on the relevant link in the summary table below.

Also see our Commitments of Traders guide.

Summary Indices Non-Commercial and Open Interest COT Report - 22 Jul 2014


Indices Net Non-Commercial Commitments (i) (Futures Only) Open Interest (i) Change in Open Interest (i)
Long:Short Ratio (i) 22 Jul 2014 15 Jul 2014 Weekly Change
Dow Jones Index 1.7:1 18,344 10,087 8,257 127,254 2,882
S&P 500 Index 1.2:1 2,187 782 1,405 147,718 8,329
NASDAQ 100 Index (Consolidated) 2.8:1 12,724 10,379 2,345 72,587 942
Nikkei 225 Index (Yen Denom) 14.2:1 42,980 40,746 2,234 97,530 5,532


Quick Stock Market Guide:

  • FTSE 100: The index that highlights the performance of the UK's top 100 companies, as ranked by their market capitalisation. The FTSE 100 is normally the most popular spread betting market and a number of firms offer 24 hour trading from Sunday evening to Friday evening. In spread betting, the FTSE 100 is also referred to as the ‘UK 100’.

  • FTSE 250: The index of the next 250 UK companies, after the top 100. The FTSE 250 is sometimes referred to as the ‘UK 250’ or ‘FTSE MID 250’.

  • FTSE 350: The index of the top 350 UK companies by market capitalisation. It is a combination of the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 stocks. You cannot normally trade a FTSE 350 market in spread betting.

  • Dow Jones: An index of 30 of the most traded US stocks. In financial spread betting and CFD trading this market is also known as the ‘Wall Street’ index. Like the FTSE 100, it is extremely popular with spread bettors.

  • S&P 500: Defines the broader US equity market, tracking the performance of the top 500 US companies. Sometimes referred to as the ‘SPX 500’ or ‘US 500’.

  • NASDAQ 100: NASDAQ stands for the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System. The NASDAQ 100 is an index that reflects the performance of high tech stocks in the US. Sometimes referred to as the ‘US 100’ or ‘US Tech 100’.

  • Nikkei 225: The price-weighted average of 225 stocks of the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Japan 225’.
For more details on an individual index see our individual stock market guides above.


Case Study: Applying Technical Analysis to a Stock Market Index


Below, an older but still useful case study on the FTSE 100 by Shai Heffetz, InterTrader, 31-Aug-2011.

Looking at the candlestick chart below, we can see that up to the end of July 2011 the FTSE 100 was trading within a narrow range and staying reasonably close to the Ichimoku cloud.

At the beginning of August, it broke downwards out of this range and the price started to drop sharply. It continued to drop for nearly a week, during which time it went down by nearly a thousand points to well below 4,900.

Following that we saw a relatively strong recovery to just below 5,400 on 16 August and then another downward correction.

The FTSE 100 price is presently trading sideways without any clear direction.

Daily FTSE Spread Betting Chart

From a pure technical analysis point of view, traders should adopt a wait-and-see approach before taking any positions in the market.

The price is currently trading inside the cloud of the Ichimoku Kinko Hyo, which is a clear indication of market uncertainty.

The FTSE has continued to get closer to the upper border of the Ichimoku cloud. However, whilst the green Chinkou Span line is marginally above the price of 26 periods ago, this is not enough of a reason to enter into a long trade.

Taking into account the recent volatility in the market, if it breaks out of the cloud in an upwards direction a cautious trader would wait for a second, confirming signal before entering a long trade.

This could be when the blue Kijun Sen line also breaks out of the Ichimoku cloud in an upwards direction.

On the other hand, traders who are looking for a short trade should wait for the price to drop below the recent lowest level of 4,846.


Where Can I Find a Stock Market Index Trading Platform/Software?


Some of the spread betting firms offer software/trading platforms that you have to download and install onto your computer. Most firms however, offer web based platforms that allow easier access from home, the office and most other places with internet access.

The companies listed in our price comparison section all have web-based platforms where you can spread bet on indices and individual shares.


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'Stock Market Spread Betting' edited by Jacob Wood, updated 30-Jul-14

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