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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-Sep-14 [10:31am] As police pulled back from an offensive with protestors in Hong Kong yesterday, US markets were able to recover early losses and look set to continue the recovery this morning.

Futures are pointing to a higher open ahead of September's Chicago PMI and consumer confidence data, with the Dow Jones 49 points higher at 17,120, the S&P 500 expected 7 points higher at 1,984 and the NASDAQ 14 points higher at 4,061.

Having made new highs on 19 September, the day of the Scottish referendum and Alibaba's IPO, the Dow Jones and S&P 500 have pulled back by around 2.5%.

Whether this correction continues rests on ADP, ISM and NFP data this week and the combined implication for the timing of the first US rate hike.

Strong economic data is a double edged-sword as it improves the chance of the economy withstanding a rate-hike but also likely brings forward the timing of when that rate hike will take place.

If the correction in main benchmarks does come to an end, whether it can translate into new all-time highs may need to wait until next week when third quarter earnings season kicks into gear.

Shares in Ford Motor Company dropped 7.5% yesterday after the company slashed its full year profit forecast by as much as $1.5bn.

Fresh from its purchase of the UK's Alliance Boots, Walgreens will report earnings today and is expected to earn $0.74 per share on revenue of $19.02bn.

Update by Jasper Lawler, Market Analyst, CMC Markets
30-Sep-14 [10:26am] In mid-morning trading, the FTSE 100 is up two points, at 6648, as the protests in Hong Kong continue to hang over the market.

In London, traders are on tenterhooks as all eyes are firmly on the Far East.

The London market is holding up relatively well considering stocks in Hong Kong lost over 1% as protesters continue to clash with riot police, while HSBC and Standard Chartered are still suffering because of the unrest.

Royal Bank of Scotland announced that its loan impairments would be significantly lower than estimated, and this could be the turning point where toxic assets become good.

Interdealer broker ICAP has lost close to 2% in early trading, as declining volatility and a risk adverse stance from big banks has hit revenues.

Wolseley shares are trading higher after the building materials supplier posted a healthy set of figures.

Its profits jumped by 52%, the divided has been increased and the icing on the cake was the £250 million share buyback scheme.

We have heard of companies blaming poor revenue on bad weather, now Next is blaming soft sales on good weather, as the stock is down 4%.

In the US, we are expecting the Dow to open 20 points higher at 17,091, as US index futures have pulled back some of last night's losses.

Update by David Madden, Market Analyst, IG Index
30-Sep-14 [9:13am]

FTSE Struggling as Hong Kong Protests Continue

The FTSE 100 has seen plenty of selling recently, particuarly as miners drag on the protests in Hong Kong, and technical indicators are not yet pointing to a rebound.

EUR/USD is looking very vulnerable and could target $1.20 if it breaks current support around $1.2660.

Update by Craig Inglis, Head of Product Development, CMC Markets
30-Sep-14 [8:14am] GBP/USD has been falling at a steady rate over the past week.

The news of the US growth has helped appreciate the dollar and now the UK Nationwide Building Survey HPI at -0.2%, beneath the 0.6% predicted rise in house prices, may be putting downward pressure on the pound.

The FTSE opened down 4 points at 6645.62, investors will be looking at the current account announcements later this morning.

The DAX is looking to recover some of its losses from yesterday, up 0.1% this morning, as good news of German retail sales has been announced.

The future announcements of sales within other countries within the EU are likely to have an effect on the euro which is down at $1.2689 against the dollar.

With continued geopolitical tensions in Hong Kong, investors are wondering what China's response will be to the civil unrest.

Asian markets have continued to fall, albeit at a slower rate, affecting the majority of markets as investor confidence is upset.

Update by Spreadex
30-Sep-14 [8:04am] Stock Market Update:

Compared to the overnight close:

Rising Stocks The FTSE 100 is trading up 12.8pts (0.19%) at 6,650.3
Rising Stocks The Dow Jones is trading up 33pts (0.19%) at 17,092
Rising Stocks The S&P 500 is trading up 4.5pts (0.23%) at 1,980.5
Rising Stocks The NASDAQ 100 is trading up 11.1pts (0.27%) at 4,051.2
Falling Stocks The Nikkei 225 is trading down -104pts (-0.64%) at 16,136
Rising Stocks The German DAX 30 is trading up 25.2pts (0.27%) at 9,444.5
Rising Stocks The French CAC 40 is trading up 25.2pts (0.58%) at 4,383.3
Rising Stocks The Italy 40 is trading up 37pts (0.18%) at 20,604
Rising Stocks The Spain 35 is trading up 61pts (0.57%) at 10,730
Rising Stocks The Euro Stoxx 50 is trading up 10pts (0.31%) at 3,201
Rising Stocks The Holland 25 is trading up 2.2pts (0.53%) at 419.7
Rising Stocks The Switzerland 20 is trading up 16.5pts (0.19%) at 8,783.5

  For more international stock markets see our Index Price Table.

  Pricing notes.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
30-Sep-14 [7:41am] US indices declined on Monday pressured by shares in the Automobiles & Components, Technology Hardware & Equipment and Materials sectors.

The S&P 500 (1977.8) remains below its 20 DMA (1994.3 - negative slope), and above its 50 DMA (1976.8 - flat slope).

European markets are expected to start on a positive note.

Update by InterTrader
30-Sep-14 [6:03am] The FTSE 100 is set to open flat on Tuesday morning as events in Hong Kong continue to play on the mind of investors.

The streets of Hong Kong were relatively quiet compared to the previous day which saw the Police firing tear gas at pro-democracy protesters.

However, crowds are expected to gather again in greater numbers on the eve of Chinese National Day.

As a result, blue chip stocks with large Asian exposure are likely to remain in the firing line this week.

Mining stocks will likely bear the brunt of the storm as China is a key export market, so Anglo American, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton are stocks that the bears will be keeping a close eye on.

The Hong Kong protests have added another layer of risk to geopolitical tensions around the world and pushed the Dow Jones sharply lower.

Later on in the US session, a recovery in the personal spending was in line with expectations and triggered a rebound.

However, it was not enough to push the Dow back into positive territory and the index finished 47 points down at 17,060.

Update by Jonathan Sudaria, Market Dealer, Financial Spreads
30-Sep-14 [4:04am] Daily Stock Market Moves:

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

Falling Stocks The FTSE 100 closed down -31.9pts (-0.48%) at 6,637.5
Falling Stocks The Dow Jones closed down -57pts (-0.33%) at 17,059
Falling Stocks The S&P 500 closed down -7.2pts (-0.36%) at 1,976.0
Falling Stocks The NASDAQ 100 closed down -13.8pts (-0.34%) at 4,040.1
Falling Stocks The Nikkei 225 closed down -107pts (-0.65%) at 16,240
Falling Stocks The German DAX 30 closed down -115.9pts (-1.22%) at 9,419.3
Falling Stocks The French CAC 40 closed down -54.0pts (-1.22%) at 4,358.1
Falling Stocks The Italy 40 closed down -260pts (-1.25%) at 20,567
Falling Stocks The Spain 35 closed down -190pts (-1.75%) at 10,669
Falling Stocks The Euro Stoxx 50 closed down -43pts (-1.33%) at 3,191
Falling Stocks The Holland 25 closed down -2.0pts (-0.48%) at 417.5
Falling Stocks The Switzerland 20 closed down -36.5pts (-0.41%) at 8,767.0

  For more global indices see our Stock Market Price Table.

  Pricing notes.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
29-Sep-14 [4:30pm] Heading into the close, the FTSE 100 is down 30 points, at 6618, as the biggest British banks lead the market lower.

In London, Standard Chartered and HSBC have been hammered by the riots in Hong Kong.

The unease in the Far East has sent a shockwave around the world, and the London-listed finances houses have seen their shares take a tumble as both have large exposure to Asia.

There is no stopping the sell off in the supermarkets as the high street names still remain unpopular with dealers.

Sainsbury's will issue a trading statement on Wednesday but it will be a tough sell to talk round traders.

Mining stocks keep sinking, and concerns over global demand for metals is chipping away at share prices.

Shareholders in Balfour Beatty must be fuming with the company's board of directors for rejecting the Carillion takeover bid last month.

The construction company issued a profit warning, sending its shares to an 11-year low.

In the US, the Dow is down 75 points, at 17,037, as the rumblings in Hong Kong have rattled Wall Street.

TIBCO Software is up 20% following news that it is being taken over by private equity house Vista Equity Partners for $4 billion.

In other M&A news, shareholders in DreamWorks Animation are living the dream after SoftBank expressed an interest in acquiring the company.

The stock has risen 17% following the news.

Update by David Madden, Market Analyst, IG Index
29-Sep-14 [2:02pm] US stock futures are indicating another lower open with shares extending a drop after their worst week in eight.

European and Asian markets also drifted lower this morning amid pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong took its toll on the markets.

Protesters continued to demonstrate, in a view to persuade the city's top official to step down.

Banking stocks led the declines, sending the FTSE over 30 points lower to 6620.

Standard chartered and HSBC holdings took the brunt of the falls, both trading over 2 percent lower.

Data released today showed that British mortgage approvals slipped to a three-month low in august, falling slightly more than expected.

With signs that the housing market has cooled in recent month, sterling drifted lower on the news.

The dollar strengthened against other major currencies ahead of data from the US which is scheduled to show Pending Home Sales decreased by -0.4%.

Update by Lee Mumford, Trader, Spreadex
29-Sep-14 [10:42am] 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-Sep-14 [10:35am] Volatility picked up in US markets last week as earnings jitters kicked in approaching the month in which the Federal Reserve is set to end quantitative easing.

US stocks look like following Asian markets lower today where protests in Hong Kong are bringing back memories of Tiananmen Square ahead of key US inflation and housing data.

There was another triple digit rally for the Dow on Friday but the gains couldn't make back losses from Thursday and futures suggest the market is rolling over again today with the base of the current trading range around 16,950 looking at risk.

Futures suggest the Dow Jones will open 63 points lower at 17,050, with the S&P 500 expected to open 6 points lower at 1,976 and the NASDAQ 15 points lower at 4,038.

Today's open is proof that US markets are vulnerable to international problems but the direction of stocks going into the end of the year are likely to be determined by the level of growth in US corporate earnings.

Nike has gotten the Q3 earnings period off to a good start but before more widespread profitability is seen; highly valued stocks particularly small caps are likely to feel the heat.

Second quarter earnings were given an artificial boost by a snapback from the weather-disrupted first quarter so Q3 earnings will be the first true test of US corporations this year.

Earnings season picks up later this week with earnings from Ford on Wednesday and Rite Aid on Thursday.

Update by Jasper Lawler, Market Analyst, CMC Markets
29-Sep-14 [9:30am] Asian-inspired wobbles have knocked the FTSE back, sending the market 22 points lower by mid-morning.

The increased volatility that markets enjoyed last week looks set to continue, as European traders settle in with news of mass protests in Hong Kong destabilising Asian confidence and knocking stocks.

The ensuing chaos has seen Standard Life drop by almost 2% following the closure of its operations in the previous British colony.

Balfour Beatty shares have collapsed this morning after it announced its third profits warning in five months and brought in auditors KPMG.

Today's fresh £75 million write-down has seen shareholders disenchantment turn ugly, with shares down over 25% in early trading.

Having managed to avoid adverse affects to share price caused by any investor concern over Scotland's debated independence, Aberdeen Asset Management has instead added almost £8 billion in assets managed.

Investors' attention can't help but be pulled to events later in the week, as the full spectrum of manufacturing PMI figures from around the world kick off tomorrow.

With both the ECB and Non-Farm Payroll figures coming out this week, a sense of calm should prevail today before stormier times materialise as the week progresses.

Ahead of the open, we expect the Dow Jones to start 73 points lower at 17,040.

Update by Alastair McCaig, Market Analyst, IG Index
29-Sep-14 [9:28am] The Hang Seng is down 1.9%, 444 points, with slight optimism of a recovery as pro-democracy protesters seem to have calmed down.

Asian shares stumbled after the shock of political unrest, with Asian markets hoping to claw back some of the losses made at the end of last week.

In addition the dollar hit a 4, year high against the yen as the US revised growth expectations upwards to 4.6%, up 0.4%, along with expectations of the normalizing of Fed policy.

The dollar continues to climb against the euro to $1.2675, with the predictions of a new 2 year high in sights amidst expectations of the European Monetary Union taking action against inflation and low growth.

Update by Spreadex
29-Sep-14 [8:52am]

Stock Markets Look Forward to the Non-Farm Payrolls

This quick update from ETX discusses the key upcoming data and events for the week including US unemployment figures.

Update by ETX Capital

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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 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 Sep 2014

Indices Net Non-Commercial Commitments (i) (Futures Only) Open Interest (i) Change in Open Interest (i)
Long:Short Ratio (i) 23 Sep 2014 16 Sep 2014 Weekly Change
Dow Jones Index 1.5:1 15,475 23,369 -7,894 135,500 -36,084
S&P 500 Index 1:1.1 -680 11,231 -11,911 127,233 -90,294
NASDAQ 100 Index (Consolidated) 2.5:1 12,708 13,649 -941 75,568 -36,386
Nikkei 225 Index (Yen Denom) 5.9:1 33,721 35,535 -1,814 102,403 5,407

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-Sep-14

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