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Indicative Stock Market Prices














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Above, indicative prices from Capital Spreads.


Stock Market Index Spread Comparison


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

Typical In-Hours Spread Sizes

FTSE 100 (UK 100) Daily 0.8 1 1 1 1 1
Dow Jones (Wall St) Daily 1 1 1 1 1 2
DAX 30 (Germany 30) Daily 1 1 1 1 1 1
S&P 500 (SPX 500) Daily 3 4 5 3 3 6
NASDAQ 100 (US Tech 100) Daily 5 4-10 3 4 4 2
CAC 40 (France 40) Daily 1 1 1 1 1 3
ASX 200 (Australia 200) Daily 1 5 3 1 1 8
Japan 225 Daily 8 8 13 10 10 15
Hong Kong Daily 8 10 20 20 20 25
Stock Indices - Minimum Stake £1 £1 £0.5 £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
29-Jun-15 [4:08pm] European equity markets have collapsed as baffled traders try to comprehend Syriza’s latest stalling tactic, this time in the shape of a belated referendum.

Considering that both Greece and its creditors ultimately want the same thing - Greece to remain in the eurozone - their inability to reach an agreement is all the more staggering.

What has left traders even more perplexed is the decision of the ruling Syriza party to hold a referendum on a proposal that will have been removed from the table before voting even starts.

The ability of the average Greek citizen to fully comprehend these two highly technical documents is unlikely and this action smacks of Syriza shirking its responsibilities and passing the buck onto the Greek population.

Today has also seen the start of capital controls and queues outside Greece’s ATM machines now snake around the block creating a succession of disgruntled conga lines.

Terrorism fears have seen TUI AG and International Consolidated Airlines head up a list of tourism firms selling off and arguably having more of a direct effect on the FTSE than Grexit.

Starting a short week with the prospect of 4 July celebrations at the end would normally see US traders bouncing into the office.

Once again though, Europe is doing its best to knock any sense of optimism out of traders with an almost incomprehensible proposal from Greece and a Teutonic stubbornness from the creditors.

As a consequence of this Friday’s markets are closed and the all-important non-farm payrolls will be announced on Thursday and not Friday.

The current travails of the Greek economy are not enough to worry the US but the knock on consequences to the eurozone are enough to see a palpable hesitancy come over the FOMC as the timeline for interest rate rises has remained a prospect for a future as yet no nearer to happening.

Update by Alastair McCaig, Market Analyst, IG Index
29-Jun-15 [3:48pm] Sell-off stabilises whilst Juncker gives dramatic speech urging Greece to vote ‘yes’

The FTSE, DAX and CAC all toyed with reducing their losses this afternoon, but not enough to completely reverse a pretty bleak day of trading.

Monday afternoon brought with it a bit more action on the Greek front; not tangible, useful action, mind you, but action none the less.

A flurry of conferences this afternoon saw a typically stoic speech from Merkel, who claimed Germany is well prepared for a Grexit whilst reaffirming that the Eurozone ‘faces a decisive challenge’.

The German vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel was a tad more aggressive, calling Tsipras a threat to the entire Eurozone.

Yet these were just side shows to the Jean-Claude Juncker main event.

In a fairly emotional, as much as that term can be used to describe a conference on Greece, and personal speech, Juncker lambasted Greek ‘egotism’, claiming he felt ‘deeply distressed’ at the current situation.

He ended his speech by urging Greece to vote ‘yes’ on Sunday whilst throwing out some dubious sounding (and downright untrue) claims about the deal Greece’s creditors offered the country.

This spectacle was in direct contrast to Merkel’s claim that pressure shouldn’t be put on the Greek people ahead of Sunday, but was perhaps a more honest reflection of the growing desperation in Europe than the German chancellor’s speech.

Even if Greece does vote ‘yes’, the region’s flaws have been mercilessly exposed in the past few months, and Tuesday’s IMF payment is potentially looking like a very large nail in an increasingly likely coffin.

Whilst Europe wallowed in red, the US markets weren’t immune to the negative atmosphere that washed over the global indices like a plague of Greek locusts.

However, the super-charged performance by the euro-dollar helped the Dow Jones mitigate its losses as the euro strived to regain its Sunday losses.

It will be interesting to see how much sway the Greek situation holds over the US markets in a week that contains the latest, and Fed-relevant, non-farm figures.

Update by Connor Campbell, Financial Analyst, Spreadex
29-Jun-15 [3:45pm] Have the markets now priced in a Grexit?

A 5 minute update on Greece, the markets, and the increasingly likely default.



Update by Alastair McCaig, Market Analyst, IG Index
29-Jun-15 [12:17pm] Charting Update: Can the Markets Recover the Gap Lower?

Here is a 16 minute round-up of the Greek situation and how the markets are reacting.

The markets gapped lower on the open but then saw a strong bounce.

But is that just a dead cat?

The DAX has seen a 600 point drop and the FTSE has broken some important resistance levels.



Update by Joshua Mahony, Research Analyst, IG Index
29-Jun-15 [12:02pm] Sell-off slows down as markets await debt-filled Tuesday

After the immediate plunge this morning the markets have calmed down somewhat as Monday has continued.

This is not to say there has been a complete turnaround; the DAX is still 3.5% down on the day, with similar losses across the region.

There has been very little news today for the markets to chew on, beyond the overwhelming negative sentiment that has settled in for the day.

Political Views

Hollande has insisted there are still a few hours for a deal to be made.

Merkel has stated that Greece has to make the first move.

Juncker remains adamant that the Eurozone will keep all its 19 members despite feeling ‘deeply saddened’ by how the issue has progressed.

These comments capture the all too familiar inertia at the heart of this situation, and do nothing to suggest the messiness on the horizon can be avoided.

It currently feels like the relative calm before the potential storm tomorrow as Greece gets ready to almost inevitably fail to meet its IMF payment.

Whilst the Eurozone indices gained another percent from their lows, the FTSE couldn’t managed the same feat, only being able to take off around 0.4% of its Monday morning nadir.

The banking and travel sectors remain deep in the red following the weekend’s events, but like the indices have reduced their losses from the excesses of this morning.

Dow Jones futures to Open Higher...

Despite the bearish tone on the markets, the Dow Jones futures are still positive ahead of the open.

Whether this can last after the bell is unclear; it will likely be dependent on how the dollar continues to react to the Greek situation.

The greenback is fairly flat against the pound, but is taking a hammering from the euro as it regains the ground from the 3-week low it hit on Sunday following the confirmation of the referendum and the announcement of capital controls.

Update by Connor Campbell, Financial Analyst, Spreadex
29-Jun-15 [10:31am] New Stock Market COT Reports

The latest Commitments of Traders Report (COT) has been published by the CFTC and so we have produced a new Stock Market COT Summary Report.

We have also updated our individual COT reports for the futures markets listed below. These are easier-to-read than the CFTC version. They also have additional long/short ratios data and give the weekly net positions changes.


Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
29-Jun-15 [10:00am] In mid-morning trading the FTSE 100 is firmly in the red as the closure of Greek banks sends traders running scared.

The images of queues at ATMs in Greece are stripping traders of what little confidence they have left in the nation.

The financial earthquake that happened in the eurozone over the weekend can be felt around the world.

Of all the market sell-offs we have witnessed due to Greece this one is the worst in years, and traders who thought a Greek exit wasn’t on the cards are quickly reassessing their point of view.

The hard left-wing Syriza has met its match, and the creditors have returned a swift serve to the Athens administration, which has prevented Greek banks from opening this week.

The referendum that is due to take place in Greece at the weekend will be the sink or swim moment.

Either the Greek people fall in line with austerity or jump and go it alone.

Athens has been racking up a tab at the last chance saloon for several years, and now it’s time to settle the bill.

The Syriza party came to power with the aim of renegotiating Greece’s bailout, but now it runs the risk of being shown the door.

One could argue that the creditors are holding the country to ransom by not increasing the financial assistance to Greek banks, and therefore forcing their hand in the up and coming referendum.

However, one could also argue that Athens’ government is gambling with the country’s future in the hope that the creditors will be the first to blink.

Chinese Bear Market

Beijing is battling to keep investor confidence high, but the latest interest rate cut wasn’t enough to prevent a bear market.

Once the sentiment turns sour it is difficult to regain it, and the sea of selling overnight in the Far East couldn’t have come at a worse time now that Greece is a day from defaulting.

The London-listed mining companies are holding up relatively well as China’s aggressive interest rate cutting is benefiting them in the medium term.

US Index Futures to Open Lower

We are expecting the Dow Jones to open 160 points lower, at 17,785, as the fear surrounding Greece has gotten the best the of dealers.

The move in US index futures is sizeable, but it pales in comparison to that of the eurozone equity markets.

US traders had to keep an eye on Greece last week, but now they can’t afford to take their eye off the nation.

Update by David Madden, Market Analyst, IG Index
29-Jun-15 [9:54am] Greece is back to its roots, democracy will dictate

The ship has finally sailed.

The Grexit is not a tail risk anymore and the market is aggressively pricing in the Greek default and a dangerously forthcoming exit from the Eurozone.

The markets opened on a severe risk-off sentiment as Greek PM Tsipras announced bank holiday, capital controls and referendum on bailout on 5 July.

Following the bank run over the weekend, the cash machines are emptying, long queues in ATMs and gas stations witness the overall panic.

No withdrawals exceeding 60 euros are allowed per day. The country is in deep coma.

As the ECB keeps the ELA unchanged, Greece is facing further agony in severe illiquidity conditions. Greek stock markets and banks are expected to stay closed for at least another week.

What the EU has not understood is that asking the same question several times would not change the answer.

Greece does not want to pay debt by debt. The IMF payment is due on 30 June and will perhaps be missed. It is time to see if tightening the rope around Greece’s neck will do any good.

The good news is that Greek citizens are given the choice. Greece is back to its roots, democracy will dictate.

The European equity futures are aggressively sold-off this morning: DAX -3.0%, CAC -3.2, IBEX -3.50 at the time of writing.

Update by Ipek Ozkardeskaya, Market Analyst, Capital Spreads
29-Jun-15 [9:08am] Greek Stock Market Closed This Week

Note that it's not just the Greek banks that are closed this week.

The Greek stock market will be closed all week too.

Update by Jacob Wood, Editor, CleanFinancial
29-Jun-15 [8:55am] DAX 30 Down 5% and More Market Mayhem

With a slight technical analysis angle, here is how the markets are currently looking:



Update by Craig Inglis, Head of Product Development, CMC Markets
29-Jun-15 [8:48am] Stock Market Update:

Compared to the overnight close:

Falling Stocks The FTSE 100 is trading down -127.5pts (-1.89%) at 6,625.3
Falling Stocks The Dow Jones is trading down -192pts (-1.07%) at 17,775
Falling Stocks The S&P 500 is trading down -21.9pts (-1.04%) at 2,082.6
Falling Stocks The NASDAQ 100 is trading down -52.4pts (-1.17%) at 4,436.4
Falling Stocks The Nikkei 225 is trading down -600pts (-2.88%) at 20,227
Falling Stocks The German DAX 30 is trading down -389.2pts (-3.37%) at 11,143.5
Falling Stocks The French CAC 40 is trading down -185.3pts (-3.65%) at 4,885.3
Rising Stocks The Italy 40 is trading up 843pts (3.67%) at 23,823
Falling Stocks The Spain 35 is trading down -413pts (-3.64%) at 10,924
Falling Stocks The Euro Stoxx 50 is trading down -131pts (-3.62%) at 3,491
Falling Stocks The Holland 25 is trading down -15.1pts (-3.05%) at 479.8
Falling Stocks The Switzerland 20 is trading down -167.0pts (-1.85%) at 8,866.0

  For more international stock markets see our Index Price Table.

  Pricing notes.


Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
29-Jun-15 [8:25am] Crucial Greek Decisions Spark Intense Sell-off

A manic weekend that saw the announcement of a Greek referendum, the introduction of capital controls and the apparent collapse of deal discussions.

On the open, the markets have seen more of a cliff-dive than tumble.

With Greece denied an extension to see them through to Sunday’s referendum, the country is facing default tomorrow evening as it is likely to fail to repay its bundled €1.6 billion in IMF debt.

It is set to be an arduous week for all involved, as the markets try and withstand the severely bearish tone, and gloomy prospect of uncharted territory, for the next 5 days.

So far that aim isn’t going too well, with the DAX immediately falling by around 4.5% whilst the CAC did the same, emblematic of huge losses across the region.

Also see live DAX 30 chart and live CAC 40 chart.

The optimism found exactly one week ago looks even more like a market-wide delusion than it did at the time.

Tsipras’ bold call for a referendum has the air of a final Hail Mary for a leader whose position has looked decidedly shaky for the interminable month of June.

The Greek PM now has his fate in the hands of the Greek people once again, in a test of his public’s willingness to follow through on the policies they voted Syriza in on in the first place.

Of course there was no chance the FTSE was going to be immune to the market consequences of this Eurozone-defining week, and the UK index plunged by 2% at the open, hitting a 5-month low in the process.

Banking Sector Takes a Hit

With Greek banks shut until next Monday, the entire sector is suffering, with RBS, Barclays, Lloyds and HSBC all down 2%-3%.

There are much more severe declines for banks on the continent as investor try to flee to safer ground.

There were similarly tough times for travel companies, with Tui and Thomas Cook tumble 10% and 7% respectively following the horrific events of last Friday.

Update by Connor Campbell, Financial Analyst, Spreadex
29-Jun-15 [7:40am] It Might Be Unwise to Discount an Emergency Package

It looks to be a warm week in London, but in European capitals the atmosphere has got a lot more fetid.

Greece’s decision to shut banks over the weekend is just the most dramatic element of a crisis that has spiralled out of control.

There was always the risk that participants would miscalculate in a fashion that echoes the mistakes of August 1914, with the end result being a ‘worst-case’ outcome.

Overnight stock indices have moved sharply lower, with the euro selling off as well.

In the bond markets yields on Spanish bonds are rising sharply.

Many in the eurozone believe that they have created the necessary firebreaks to stop contagion, but that theory will be sorely tested, perhaps to destruction, in the coming days.

Time has almost run out to keep Greece in the eurozone, but even now it is perhaps unwise not to discount the possibility of an emergency package that will avert disaster.

Although this will simply defer the hard questions, having looked over the precipice, eurozone leaders may well blink.

Ahead of the London open, we are calling the FTSE 100 down 150 points, at 6603, following the lead of its peers on the continent.

Update by Chris Beauchamp, Market Analyst, IG Index
29-Jun-15 [6:15am]

China Cuts Interest Rates Again



Over the weekend, we also saw another easing move by Chinese authorities as they cut all their key lending rates, for the fourth time since November.

The 25 basis points cut was an attempt to help avert a slowdown in the economy.

All this is happening at a time when the Chinese stock markets are swinging wildly.

They have just dropped 20% from their recent highs.

Update by Michael Hewson, Senior Market Analyst, CMC Markets
29-Jun-15 [6:09am] The unbelievable situation now exits where Alex Tsipras has scheduled a referendum for the 5 July even though Greece’s creditors have said their bailout offer expires on 30 June.

If the Greek people voted yes I’m sure the Troika could fudge that deadline but Greece’s Syriza government is urging the public to vote 'no'.

It looks as though Alex Tsipras has gone all Colonel Kurtz and intent on plunging Greece and the euro zone into the heart of darkness.

Strong US Economic Data

On Friday, and in-line with the recent strong US economic data, consumer sentiment surpassed expectations adding to the evidence of a growing momentum.

In turn, the Dow Jones rallied 48 points on Friday to end the week at 17,970.

However, the Greek impasse with no progress made over the weekend rattled the global markets at the opening last night and the Dow is currently trading around 250 points lower this early morning.

Update by Jonathan Sudaria, Market Dealer, Capital Spreads

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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
Poland 20 Spread Betting Taiwan 50 Index Spread Betting
Sweden 30 Spread Betting
Turkey 30 Spread Betting
UK Techmark 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 - 23 Jun 2015


Indices Net Non-Commercial Commitments (i) (Futures Only) Open Interest (i) Change in Open Interest (i)
Long:Short Ratio (i) 23 Jun 2015 16 Jun 2015 Weekly Change
Dow Jones Index 3.2:1 24,048 11,952 12,096 106,597 -4,035
S&P 500 Index 21.1:1 8,918 7,181 1,737 93,876 -81,628
Nikkei 225 Index (Yen Denom) 3.8:1 32,539 32,513 26 113,918 2,748


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 29-Jun-15

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