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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
04-Sep-15 [10:16am] 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
03-Sep-15 [9:55am] Stock Market Update:

Compared to the overnight close:

Rising Stocks The FTSE 100 is trading up 59.8pts (0.98%) at 6,192.5
Rising Stocks The Dow Jones is trading up 63pts (0.38%) at 16,417
Rising Stocks The S&P 500 is trading up 7.3pts (0.37%) at 1,957.9
Rising Stocks The NASDAQ 100 is trading up 19.9pts (0.47%) at 4,282.3
Falling Stocks The Nikkei 225 is trading down -20pts (-0.11%) at 18,281
Rising Stocks The German DAX 30 is trading up 96.9pts (0.96%) at 10,224.0
Rising Stocks The French CAC 40 is trading up 35.1pts (0.76%) at 4,624.3
Rising Stocks The Italy 40 is trading up 843pts (3.67%) at 23,823
Rising Stocks The Spain 35 is trading up 91pts (0.92%) at 10,030
Rising Stocks The Euro Stoxx 50 is trading up 21pts (0.65%) at 3,243
Rising Stocks The Switzerland 20 is trading up 102.5pts (1.18%) at 8,767.5

  For more international stock markets see our Index Price Table.

  Pricing notes.


Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
03-Sep-15 [5:55am] Daily Stock Market Moves:

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

Rising Stocks The FTSE 100 closed up 126.4pts (2.10%) at 6,132.7
Rising Stocks The Dow Jones closed up 271pts (1.68%) at 16,355
Rising Stocks The S&P 500 closed up 34.9pts (1.82%) at 1,950.6
Rising Stocks The NASDAQ 100 closed up 109.8pts (2.64%) at 4,262.4
Rising Stocks The Nikkei 225 closed up 513pts (2.88%) at 18,301
Rising Stocks The German DAX 30 closed up 204.0pts (2.06%) at 10,127.1
Rising Stocks The French CAC 40 closed up 80.2pts (1.78%) at 4,589.2
Rising Stocks The Italy 40 closed up 58pts (0.25%) at 22,980
Rising Stocks The Spain 35 closed up 6pts (0.06%) at 9,939
Rising Stocks The Euro Stoxx 50 closed up 66pts (2.09%) at 3,222
Rising Stocks The Switzerland 20 closed up 123.5pts (1.45%) at 8,665.0

  For more global indices see our Stock Market Price Table.

  Pricing notes.


Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
28-Aug-15 [10:05am] Stock Market Update:

Compared to the overnight close:

Falling Stocks The FTSE 100 is trading down -34.0pts (-0.55%) at 6,181.3
Falling Stocks The Dow Jones is trading down -157pts (-0.94%) at 16,516
Falling Stocks The S&P 500 is trading down -18.3pts (-0.92%) at 1,973.8
Falling Stocks The NASDAQ 100 is trading down -36.4pts (-0.84%) at 4,294.1
Falling Stocks The Nikkei 225 is trading down -23pts (-0.12%) at 18,998
Falling Stocks The German DAX 30 is trading down -148.4pts (-1.43%) at 10,213.3
Falling Stocks The French CAC 40 is trading down -51.0pts (-1.09%) at 4,632.8
Rising Stocks The Italy 40 is trading up 843pts (3.67%) at 23,823
Falling Stocks The Spain 35 is trading down -67pts (-0.65%) at 10,255
Falling Stocks The Euro Stoxx 50 is trading down -38pts (-1.15%) at 3,256
Falling Stocks The Switzerland 20 is trading down -129.0pts (-1.45%) at 8,741.5

  For more international stock markets see our Index Price Table.

  Pricing notes.


Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
28-Aug-15 [6:05am] Daily Stock Market Moves:

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

Rising Stocks The FTSE 100 closed up 134.6pts (2.21%) at 6,215.3
Rising Stocks The Dow Jones closed up 379pts (2.33%) at 16,673
Rising Stocks The S&P 500 closed up 48.9pts (2.52%) at 1,992.1
Rising Stocks The NASDAQ 100 closed up 112.7pts (2.67%) at 4,330.5
Rising Stocks The Nikkei 225 closed up 317pts (1.69%) at 19,021
Rising Stocks The German DAX 30 closed up 151.6pts (1.48%) at 10,361.7
Rising Stocks The French CAC 40 closed up 92.4pts (2.01%) at 4,683.8
Rising Stocks The Italy 40 closed up 58pts (0.25%) at 22,980
Rising Stocks The Spain 35 closed up 317pts (3.17%) at 10,322
Rising Stocks The Euro Stoxx 50 closed up 63pts (1.95%) at 3,294
Rising Stocks The Switzerland 20 closed up 162.0pts (1.86%) at 8,870.5

  For more global indices see our Stock Market Price Table.

  Pricing notes.


Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
27-Aug-15 [10:35am] Europe follows Asia higher but can it last?

European equity markets have opened much higher given the positive move in Asia overnight, but traders are already wondering how much longer this euphoria will last?

The longer we hang around these levels the more likely it will pull back.

The phrase ‘dead-cat-bounce’ has been bandied about this morning, and unless we have a fresh round of buying then the rally will unravel.

This week traders have been tricked into buying up cheap stocks thinking the correction is here to stay, only to have their fingers burnt.

The markets are very sheepish at the moment and everyone is waiting for someone else to make the first move.

The sense is that dealers are anticipating a big move in either direction, but for now the fear factor is too great.

It will take a lot more than one good trading session in Asia to convince dealers that everything is back to normal.

Dow Jones to open 165 points higher

We are expecting the Dow Jones to open 165 points higher at 16,450

The comments from Mr Dudley are still echoing around Wall Street.

The events of the past week have led traders to believe that interest rates will not rise in the US next month, and after Mr Dudley’s remarks yesterday dealers are now not so sure if there will even be a rate rise this year.

Update by David Madden, Market Analyst, IG Index
27-Aug-15 [10:24am] FTSE 100 Romps Higher

Despite a plethora of companies going ex-dividend today, the FTSE is romping higher led by Standard Chartered.

Emerging market exposure has ground down shares in the banks over the past number of weeks.

Given that the average price target is above the £10 marker, and the stock is currently trading at 750p you could say that bargain hunting amongst the financial sector stocks was inevitable.

Same goes for the materials sector with BHP, Anglo American, Antofagasta and Rio all registering decent gains on the back of stabilising metal prices.

Update by Brenda Kelly, Senior Market Strategist, Capital Spreads
27-Aug-15 [9:30am] Dow Jones Sees Biggest One Day Gain in Four Years

Here's a brief round-up of the markets:



Update by David Papier, Sales Trader, ETX Capital
27-Aug-15 [9:10am] Stock Market Update:

Compared to the overnight close:

Rising Stocks The FTSE 100 is trading up 22.8pts (0.37%) at 6,103.5
Rising Stocks The Dow Jones is trading up 140pts (0.86%) at 16,434
Rising Stocks The S&P 500 is trading up 16.3pts (0.84%) at 1,959.5
Rising Stocks The NASDAQ 100 is trading up 42.9pts (1.02%) at 4,260.7
Rising Stocks The Nikkei 225 is trading up 74pts (0.40%) at 18,778
Rising Stocks The German DAX 30 is trading up 69.2pts (0.68%) at 10,279.3
Rising Stocks The French CAC 40 is trading up 25.9pts (0.56%) at 4,617.3
Rising Stocks The Italy 40 is trading up 843pts (3.67%) at 23,823
Rising Stocks The Spain 35 is trading up 215pts (2.15%) at 10,220
Rising Stocks The Euro Stoxx 50 is trading up 26pts (0.80%) at 3,257
Rising Stocks The Switzerland 20 is trading up 38.5pts (0.44%) at 8,747.0

  For more international stock markets see our Index Price Table.

  Pricing notes.


Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
27-Aug-15 [8:34am] Positive US and Asian sessions leads to strong start for European indices

Trading got off to a much better start this Thursday.

Last night’s Dow surge and this morning’s Chinese rebound leading to a positive open for the European indices.

Whilst a last minute panic saw yesterday’s European sell-off intensify just before the close, fears over the sustainability of the US markets’ early gains proved to be premature.

The Dow Jones ended the American session up by 600 points after New York Fed President William Dudley called a September lift-off ‘less compelling’ than it was even a week ago.

This renewed appetite for risk carried over into a predictably choppy Asian session that did eventually see the Shanghai Composite post its biggest one-day jump since the start of July.

The good vibes continued into the open of the European markets, with the FTSE sporadically hitting a 100 point increase whilst the DAX consistently trades over 200 points higher.

Of course, there is a long way to go until the end of the day (and the week, given the muted Wednesday trading that followed ‘Turnaround Tuesday’).

There could still be a lot more volatility left.

However, Tuesday’s gains came despite the continued freefall of the Chinese markets.

Today’s gains are following a second positive session for the Shanghai Composite and a sustained surge by the US markets.

This suggests there might be a bit more weight behind the sea of green currently lighting up the European trading floors.

Update by Connor Campbell, Financial Analyst, Spreadex
27-Aug-15 [5:10am] Daily Stock Market Moves:

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

Rising Stocks The FTSE 100 closed up 100.0pts (1.67%) at 6,080.7
Rising Stocks The Dow Jones closed up 535pts (3.39%) at 16,294
Rising Stocks The S&P 500 closed up 65.6pts (3.49%) at 1,943.2
Rising Stocks The NASDAQ 100 closed up 188.4pts (4.68%) at 4,217.8
Rising Stocks The Nikkei 225 closed up 880pts (4.94%) at 18,704
Rising Stocks The German DAX 30 closed up 325.1pts (3.29%) at 10,210.1
Rising Stocks The French CAC 40 closed up 114.5pts (2.56%) at 4,591.4
Rising Stocks The Italy 40 closed up 58pts (0.25%) at 22,980
Rising Stocks The Spain 35 closed up 18pts (0.18%) at 10,005
Rising Stocks The Euro Stoxx 50 closed up 110pts (3.52%) at 3,231
Rising Stocks The Switzerland 20 closed up 174.5pts (2.04%) at 8,708.5

  For more global indices see our Stock Market Price Table.

  Pricing notes.


Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
26-Aug-15 [11:25am] Stock Markets Looking Very Confused

With big candles in both directions on the charts, for the FTSE 100 and German DAX, it is very difficult to work out if the market has bottomed out.

The markets could easily go either way (sorry).

The Dow Jones however is looking a lot more bearish.



Update by Joshua Raymond, Chief Market Strategist, IG Index
26-Aug-15 [10:24am] Scared Shanghai investors force the index lower

The positive sentiment generated by the Chinese interest rate cut has been short lived as the markets question why Beijing waited and why it didn’t do more.

Having become increasingly used to the more unorthodox methods of the PBoC, it was maybe unrealistic to expect the more commonly used Western tactic of interest rate and reserve rate cuts to have instilled confidence into China’s investment community.

The initial euphoria this triggered with the US markets didn’t even last a full trading session and Europe has once again opened in a sea of red.

The bulls currently are displaying a complete absence of conviction.

However it’s worth remembering that we’re still at the tail end of the summer and equity market volumes still remain particularly thin adding to the market’s ability to exaggerate moves.

Update by Alastair McCaig, Market Analyst, IG Index
26-Aug-15 [10:00am]
Today's Falling UK Shares


Falling UK Shares WPP -0.66%

The firm has reported first-half like-for-like net sales up 2.3% and reiterated its target for full-year revenue, net sales growth and operating margin.

The shares have essentially lost all gains year to date dropping back to 1300p earlier this week.

With a high average price target of 1668 and the majority of brokers bullish, we may continue to see a bounce from here.

Falling UK Shares Vodafone -1.46%

The telecommunications firm has agreed to buy wireless spectrum rights from Qualcomm Inc in conjunction with CK Hutchison Holdings

Falling UK Shares HSBC -1.61%

Just when it seemed that price manipulation scandals were finally behind us, the EU is said to be investigating precious metals trading operations in at least 10 banks, including Deutsche, HSBC and Barclays.

The commission is alleging anti-competitive spot trading in the likes of gold and silver.

Falling UK Shares Royal Dutch Shell A -2.04%

Recent swings in oil prices and the fact that the trajectory seems firmly biased to the downside is weighing on oil companies today.

A fairly negative note from JP Morgan in respect of the oil market is leaving a mark today.

Falling UK Shares BP -2.18%

The oil company has been accused of manipulating natural gas prices.

BP has until August 28th to answer the initial pleading.

Falling UK Shares SABMiller -3.06%

The brewer’s massive exposure to emerging markets, where currencies have been hammered by foreign exchange movements is taking its toll.

Update by Ipek Ozkardeskaya, Market Analyst, Capital Spreads
26-Aug-15 [10:00am] Markets seek a bottom as China bursts the global asset bubble

Traders made a sharp U-turn as the PBoC cut the RRR and the lending rate to curb the sell-off in Chinese stock markets.

Chinese stocks were better bid in Asia but gains remained contained as the margin requirements were increased on stock index futures in addition to restrictions to daily open positions and higher transaction fees.

The idea is to avoid short-term volatilities and overheating in leveraged trades to improve financial stability.

Everybody could see the excessive inflation in Shanghai’s stocks since September last year, yet enhancing gains were too sweet to step out pre-maturely.

The new restrictions have kept the Chinese stocks safe from speculative in-and-outs.

Shanghai’s Composite lost another 1.27% and closed the session below the 3000 mark.

As we certainly approach the bottom of this historical sell-off, a sell-off that started in June and wiped out more than 40% off the all-time highs, the recovery is expected to happen in a calmer fashion.

The European equity markets opened in red

The FTSE index lost more than 1%, mostly lead by oil companies.

BP, Royal Dutch and BG traded 1.50% lower as the recovery in WTI and Brent futures are being challenged at $40 and $45 respectively.

As many thought, the past years gains in equity markets might have been nothing but an asset bubble.

The correction will hopefully bring prices to levels representative of macro and micro fundamentals. It is however too early to predict the bottom.

Update by Brenda Kelly, Senior Market Strategist, 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 - 25 Aug 2015


Indices Net Non-Commercial Commitments (i) (Futures Only) Open Interest (i) Change in Open Interest (i)
Long:Short Ratio (i) 25 Aug 2015 18 Aug 2015 Weekly Change
Dow Jones Index 1:1.8 -15,856 -10,467 -5,389 92,790 -657
S&P 500 Index 2.5:1 9,548 12,141 -2,593 153,390 33,895
Nikkei 225 Index (Yen Denom) 4:1 35,879 33,012 2,867 130,367 14,252


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 03-Sep-15

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