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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
28-Jul-14 [4:39pm] Heading into the close the FTSE 100 is down 15 points, as the market drifted between positive and negative territory throughout the day, and the start of US trading has put further pressure on the London market.

RBS is considering offloading Ulster Bank, which is now in the black, dampening Friday's euphoria.

Merger and acquisition activity still surrounds the pharma sector.

Reckitt Benckiser is hoping to dispose of its pharm division, while GlaxoSmithKline is contemplating spinning off its health unit.

Pfizer is due to report tomorrow and the US drug giant is still on the prowl.

Meanwhile, if any shareholders need mothering or care it's the investors of Mothercare; the stock has taken yet another knock as both the finance director and the US suitor walked away from the firm.

In the US, the Dow Jones is down 45 points at 16,914, after disappointing service and housing figures ensured the US trading session got off on the wrong foot.

Traders are looking for any excuse to take money out of the equity market ahead of the Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday.

US reporting season continues, with Herbalife after the closing bell tonight.

The heath food company managed to rally after Bill Ackman's torpedo presentation, but can its figures make the hedge fund manager eat his words?

Update by David Madden, Market Analyst, IG Index
28-Jul-14 [3:55pm] European Stock Markets

After a nervous finish last week, European markets didn't do too much today with late losses from US data ahead of a big week for global economic reports and corporate earnings.

The match really kicks off tomorrow for markets with the release of the US consumer confidence report and results from the likes of BP and Twitter.

The FTSE 100 failed to move above 6,830 on multiple attempts at the tail end of last week and fell back today undoing most of last week's small gains.

The consumer goods sector was outperforming on good results and plans for a spin-off by Reckitt Benckiser.

On the bottom end, lost investor assets saw Aberdeen Asset management pull down the financials including RBS which was undoing some last week's surprise profit announcement gains.

The German DAX underperformed again on Germany's exposure to Russia, this time on a ruling by a court in The Hague that Russia must compensate former Yukos shareholders to the tune of $50bn.

It's doubtful that Russia will pay a fine issued in The Hague, but failing to do so will be another reason to pile on the sanctions perhaps including the energy sector which with the biggest trade ties will hurt Germany the most.

Shares in Ryanair flew higher today, in contrast with the loss of altitude seen in easyJet last week.

The airline reported an increase in earnings and revised higher its full-year forecast.

US Stock Markets

A big week for economic data from the US didn't get off to the best of starts, as both the services PMI and housing data disappointed.

This sent the Dow Jones below 16,900 and the S&P 500 below 1970.

Dollar Tree was a top riser as it confirmed that it would buy rival discount store Family Dollar.

Update by Jasper Lawler, Market Analyst, CMC Markets
28-Jul-14 [10:42am] Some mixed earnings news towards the end of last week in combination with geopolitical concerns surrounding Russia were enough to send markets lower with all major US benchmarks seeing declines.

Geopolitical concerns still lay in the background today but lower gold prices, a traditional safe-haven, suggests that markets are not so much risk-off but just inactive ahead of busy trading week.

There will be consumer confidence and unemployment data as well as this month's FOMC meeting and earnings from major companies in oil, healthcare, finance and tech this week.

Futures suggest the Dow Jones will open 9 points lower at 16,951 with the S&P 500 expected to open 2 points lower at 1,976 and the NASDAQ 4 points lower at 3,961.

With Microsoft, Visa, McDonald's and a few other Dow components not pulling their weight in earnings, the benchmark index failed for the seventh time to break through 17,150, while the S&P 500 is pulling back as it approaches 2,000.

With no stand-out earnings released today, it will likely come down to the pending home sales data to determine market direction.

New Homes sales were a disappointment last week in what some saw as a resurgent US housing market; today's number will reveal whether there are broad-based issues before it can even get going again.

Update by Jasper Lawler, Market Analyst, CMC Markets
28-Jul-14 [9:50am]

Stocks Slide as Bellweather Earnings Disappoint

Weak US earnings saw the stock markets close lower last week, with the Dow and the DAX seeing significant declines.

This morning, Asian markets are leading equities higher as Chinese industrial data impresses.

Update by Mark Priest, Market Analyst, ETX Capital
28-Jul-14 [9:18am] The FTSE 100 has started the week off on a sound footing, aided by some moves from mining stocks and fresh M&A speculation in the pharmaceutical sector.

Instant analysis of Ryanair's first-half figures would suggest that European travellers are a forgiving bunch, and have quickly taken to the new 'friendly cuddly' airline.

If that was not enough to get traders scratching their heads, Michael O'Leary's comments that profits up 152% should not trigger any 'irrational exuberance' saw many choking on their morning coffee.

Once again the pharmaceutical sector is providing plenty for the markets to digest, the flurry of M&A activity shows no sign of diminishing as GlaxoSmithKline has announced it was considering stripping off its consumer healthcare arm.

The more cynical on the trading floor are wondering whether this is a realistic move or an attempt to refocus attention away from the less palatable Chinese bribery issues surrounding the company.

Weighing down FTSE sentiment has been Aberdeen Asset Management, any benefits the company has felt by the improving underlying equity markets have been undermined by a reduction in funds under management created by client withdrawals.

The news that US firm Destination Maternity has given up its attempts to acquire Mothercare have seen its shares collapse almost 10% in early trading.

Mothercare stated that this will now allow them to focus on UK markets again, something that has seen them singularly fail to master over the last five years of the baby boom.

US earnings reports will be a little thinner today as investors ease themselves into the week, the big hitters such as Pfizer, McGraw Hill, American Express and Twitter all come out on Tuesday.

Over 75% of the US corporates that have reported so far have beaten expectations, so it is no surprise that we have seen the equity markets continue to trundle higher.

With today hosting a much thinner corporate calendar and the US services PMI along with June pending home sales, we might see a pause before the pace once again picks up.

Ahead of the open, we expect the Dow Jones to start 18 points lower at 16,942.

Update by Alastair McCaig, Market Analyst, IG Index
28-Jul-14 [9:05am] 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
28-Jul-14 [8:17am] European equity index futures have been led higher this morning in sympathy of positive sentiment from Asia.

Baskets of Asian equities have been gained recent support from investors, as an apparent floor appears under Chinese manufacturing.

The extent to which the economic region has become relatively unloved by the equity market is starting to draw in those looking for value, as other regions' valuations worsen.

But the good economic signals will likely have to continue and gain momentum to support prices further.

Meanwhile, looking to London's main market, Reckitt Benckiser reporting Q2 like-for-like revenue growth of 3% has impressed at this early stage, sending shares 2.5% higher.

Lonmin and Pace also move higher, up 2.3% and 2.1% respectively.

Today's biggest large-cap loser is Aberdeen Asset Management, down 2.8% on near-term guidance; its management remain cautious on market sentiment and report small decline in AUM.

Update by David White, Trader, Spreadex
28-Jul-14 [8:05am] Stock Market Update:

Compared to the overnight close:

Rising Stocks The FTSE 100 is trading up 3.7pts (0.05%) at 6,802.3
Rising Stocks The Dow Jones is trading up 7pts (0.04%) at 16,961
Rising Stocks The S&P 500 is trading up 0.5pts (0.03%) at 1,977.5
Rising Stocks The NASDAQ 100 is trading up 4.5pts (0.11%) at 3,966.2
Rising Stocks The Nikkei 225 is trading up 95pts (0.62%) at 15,523
Rising Stocks The German DAX 30 is trading up 4.6pts (0.05%) at 9,653.0
Rising Stocks The French CAC 40 is trading up 14.8pts (0.34%) at 4,350.8
Rising Stocks The Italy 40 is trading up 143pts (0.68%) at 21,234
Rising Stocks The Spain 35 is trading up 62pts (0.57%) at 10,949
Rising Stocks The Euro Stoxx 50 is trading up 5pts (0.16%) at 3,185
Rising Stocks The Holland 25 is trading up 1.0pts (0.25%) at 405.7
Falling Stocks The Switzerland 20 is trading down -24.0pts (-0.28%) at 8,560.0

  For more international stock markets see our Index Price Table.

  Pricing notes.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
28-Jul-14 [7:48am] US indices fell on Friday pressured by shares in Retailing, Insurance and Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment sectors.

On the economic data front, Durable Goods orders rose 0.7% (0.5% expected) MoM in June.

The S&P 500 (1978.34) remains above its 20 DMA (1973.99 - positive slope) and its 50 DMA (1946.01 - positive slope).

European markets are expected to start on a flat note.

Update by InterTrader
28-Jul-14 [6:34am] We've talked about the current dislocation between US and European markets quite a lot in recent days.

US markets have continued to make new all-time highs, while Europe has struggled due to rising concerns about a growth slowdown, as well as rising geopolitical risk on its borders, due to rising tensions with respect to Russia's attitude towards Ukraine.

That dislocation could well be starting to afflict US markets, with the NASDAQ finishing the week in positive territory, but the Dow Jones and Russell 2000 posting a decline, and the S&P 500 finishing flat.

Friday's declines largely stemmed from reports that EU leaders were finally starting to realise that their cautious response to Russia's policy towards Ukraine could well store more problems up for the future, unless they started to deliver some real pain to Russia's economy.

Reports that new 'tier three' sanctions on the financial, energy and defence industries could be agreed as soon as tomorrow saw a significant amount of profit taking, with the German DAX closing at its lowest levels since April.

The key question remains as to whether these new measures, if agreed, will be enough to give President Putin any pause.

This seems doubtful given that they won't affect existing deals like the French deal to supply military hardware to the Russians, as once again national self-interest prevents a co-ordinated effective response to Russia's actions.

Will US Housing Data Continue to Disappoint?

While geopolitical concerns once again seem set to define the week's trading, we also have a big week of economic data coming up, culminating on Friday with the latest US employment report for July.

The US economy continues to give mixed signals as to its resilience, with the jobs market looking increasingly buoyant, however a lot of other data continues to point to a US consumer who remains very reluctant to spend, despite improvements across the manufacturing sector.

Last week's durable goods numbers, were disappointing and followed on from retail sales numbers which suggested that this week's US Q2 GDP number will struggle to reverse the 2.9% contraction seen in Q1.

Furthermore, the new home sales data rebound in May, that had investors all optimistic over a month ago, was pretty much revised away in last week's disappointing numbers, with June also missing expectations.

The fear is that today's pending home sales data for June will go in a similar direction, with a decline of 0.2% expected.

The key question now is whether the 6% rebound in May will get revised away in a similar fashion to the 18% rise seen in May new home sales last week.

It is also worth keeping an eye on this week's FOMC meeting which is expected to further reduce the monthly stimulus being administered to the US economy, by another $10bn on Wednesday, to $25bn.

In Europe, the main focus this week will be on the latest unemployment numbers from Germany, Italy and the wider EU, as well as further updates to July manufacturing PMI numbers from Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Update by Michael Hewson, Senior Market Analyst, CMC Markets
28-Jul-14 [4:05am] Daily Stock Market Moves:

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

Falling Stocks The FTSE 100 closed down -3.5pts (-0.05%) at 6,798.6
Falling Stocks The Dow Jones closed down -93pts (-0.54%) at 16,954
Falling Stocks The S&P 500 closed down -8.1pts (-0.41%) at 1,977.0
Falling Stocks The NASDAQ 100 closed down -9.4pts (-0.24%) at 3,961.7
Rising Stocks The Nikkei 225 closed up 101pts (0.66%) at 15,428
Falling Stocks The German DAX 30 closed down -113.0pts (-1.16%) at 9,648.4
Falling Stocks The French CAC 40 closed down -57.2pts (-1.30%) at 4,336.0
Falling Stocks The Italy 40 closed down -133pts (-0.63%) at 21,091
Rising Stocks The Spain 35 closed up 47pts (0.43%) at 10,887
Falling Stocks The Euro Stoxx 50 closed down -36pts (-1.12%) at 3,180
Falling Stocks The Holland 25 closed down -4.5pts (-1.10%) at 404.7
Falling Stocks The Switzerland 20 closed down -52.0pts (-0.60%) at 8,584.0

  For more global indices see our Stock Market Price Table.

  Pricing notes.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
25-Jul-14 [3:27pm] European Stock Markets

European stocks have a faced numerous headwinds this week, not least the repercussions of the downing of MH17 purportedly by pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine and the ongoing human tragedy of Israel's invasion of Gaza.

Nonetheless, the FTSE 100 looks like it will close the week higher while the DAX ends the week near on flat.

This week's geopolitical tensions proved as short-lived as those from the annexation of Crimea as well as the emergence of the ISIS insurgents in Iraq.

Overall, the bull market is being supported by very accommodative central banks including in the UK and US where the economies appear to be staging decent economic recoveries and in China which is growing by 7.5% per annum.

The biggest correction in the stock market this year happened in March and that was really caused by a combination of factors but largely by fears of over-stretched valuations.

So far, in the second quarter corporate earnings season, a majority of companies have earned higher profits than the same period last year and if that continues it will help brush valuations concerns to the side.

After having beaten PMI estimates yesterday, Germany's economy looked on track to reverse recent economic weakness.

Today, the German DAX suffered a bit of setback after a miss in the German IFO caused doubts to creep back in over the threat of sanctions against Russia and their impact on German businesses.

The FTSE 100 was fairing a bit better after earnings losses yesterday led by the banking sector following a surprise early earnings release from RBS which saw the part-government owned bank swing back into profits.

Before getting too excited, the current regulatory environment still doesn't bode well for large international banks with the next settlement never too far away.

While the banking sector may still be in the doldrums, today's report could mark the beginning of an outperformance of RBS against its industry peers.

US stock markets had a shaky start, with the Dow down 100 points at the open following mixed earnings after hours.

Update by Jasper Lawler, Market Analyst, CMC Markets
25-Jul-14 [2:31pm] The UK economy grew by 0.8% in Q2 of 2014 which has brought it back to a pre-recession level.

Despite the upbeat news, European markets continue to lag throughout the day with the FTSE 100 down 10 points and the DAX also down 54 with the geopolitical situation in Russia continuing to weigh in on markets.

The euro has also continued to decline, falling through eight-month lows and currently trading around the $1.3430 level.

Prior to the US open, the futures are pointing towards a softer open which follows on from the session in Europe.

With a relatively thin calendar, the only notable piece of data investors will be looking at is the Core Durable Goods Orders at 1.30pm, set to come in at 0.6%.

Update by Sam Fox, Trader, Spreadex
25-Jul-14 [11:49am]

US Consumer Discretionary Sector May be One to Watch

An analysis of S&P 500 sectors suggests that there may be opportunities in consumer discretionary stocks, IG talks to Trevor Neil to find out more.

The trading video also discusses the current state of Brent crude oil, soyabean and German car manufacturer Daimler.

Update by IG Index
25-Jul-14 [10:45am] After a finely balanced session yesterday, with mixed earnings and economics, US markets look set to open lower on the open.

Amazon printed another larger than expected loss last night but Visa and Starbucks got the job done beating earnings and revenue estimates.

Futures suggest the Dow Jones will open 37 points lower at 17,046 with the S&P 500 expected to open 3 points lower at 1,984 and the NASDAQ 16 points lower at 3,967.

Amazon is a stock in the public eye and tends to drive perception on overall earnings for the quarter and as such is likely to act as a drag on the forthcoming session.

Overall though, investors will be aware that more reporting US companies are beating expectations than not.

Starbucks managed to narrowly beat earnings.

The skyrocketing price of coffee this year doesn't seem to have hurt the company so far.

The company is raising prices to offset the associated increased input costs but this is likely to be industry-wide and as such shouldn't affect competitiveness.

Visa continued to benefit from a growing global trend towards consumers using debit and credit cards instead of cash, earning $2.17 per share on revenue of $3.16bn.

The US durable goods orders are expected to grow 0.4% in June, an improvement over the -0.9% decline seen the month prior.

Update by Jasper Lawler, Market Analyst, CMC Markets

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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 - 22 Jul 2014

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

Quick Stock Market Guide:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Case Study: Applying Technical Analysis to a Stock Market Index

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

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

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

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

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

Daily FTSE Spread Betting Chart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'Stock Market Spread Betting' edited by Jacob Wood, updated 28-Jul-14

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