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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
19-Sep-14 [4:25pm] It might be stormy in London, but the 'No' vote in Scotland and fresh gains on US indices mean that most traders are in a sunny mood as the weekend approaches.

Scotland's referendum has upended the UK's constitutional order, but it is clear that equity markets are not particularly bothered about the political implications of further devolution for Scotland and the other UK nations.

Although the FTSE has not been able to sustain gains in the direction of 6900, it is still enjoying something of a bounce as investors in companies with heavy Scottish exposure heave a sigh of relief that currency and contract wrangles are off the agenda.

Traders seem to be finding a Scottish angle on most FTSE 100 companies today, and are undoubtedly pleased that this one hurdle to further progress has been eliminated.

The FTSE 100 has lagged behind its peers in developed markets this year, up 1.5% versus 3% for the Dax and 9% for the S&P 500.

Now would be the ideal time for the index to play catch-up, especially with a declining pound to flatter earnings figures.

US stock indices clocked up fresh record intraday highs today, building on yesterday's gains, making this week one of the best in this quarter.

Quadruple witching today will have boosted the activity across indices, but the week sees markets ending in a positive frame of mind thanks to the dovish Fed statement and the rejection of the separatist cause in Scotland.

All eyes are on Alibaba, which begins its life as a listed entity with expectations of a strong start to trading.

Initial expectations were for a starting price of $68 per share.

This has now moved up closer to $90 with IG's grey market almost exactly on the nose, having expected an opening price of $88 per share.

This would mean a market capitalisation of circa $230bn, the same size as JP Morgan and bigger than IBM and Oracle.

Now the hard part begins for Alibaba - it has arrived on a wave of enthusiasm, but investors expect much from the firm, and a failure to deliver will leave a very sour aftertaste.

Update by Brenda Kelly, Senior Market Strategist, IG Index
19-Sep-14 [11:23am]

Spanish Stock Market Trades Higher on Scottish ‘Nooooo’ Vote

The FTSE is trading higher on the day, with the result having a particularly positive impact on RBS and Lloyds.

It’s not just UK companies that had a vested interest in the referendum, those in Spain were also keeping a close eye on the result as independence for Scotland may lead to further calls from Catalonia for the vote.

The failure of the Scots to get independence has been judged to have weakened the Catalonians campaign, which has resulted in Spanish yields falling by 7 basis points and the IBEX is trading 1% higher.

Update by Craig Erlam, Market Analyst, Alpari
19-Sep-14 [10:51am] How Equities Got Their Groove Back

Equities got their groove back this week after the Fed signalled it will continue to keep rates low for the foreseeable future and now traders are anticipating a positive start on the first day of trading for Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant that will be the largest ever IPO in US stock market history.

Futures suggest the Dow Jones will open 70 points higher at 17,335 with the S&P500 expected to open 7 points higher at 2,018 and the Nasdaq 16 points higher at 4,119.

US corporations do a lot of business with the UK particularly inside financial services so American investors will no doubt be happy to see Scotland still part of their “special relationship”.

Both the Dow and S&P 500 made new highs yesterday so risks from the Scottish referendum were clearly not first and foremost in the minds of US investors who have been recharged by an enduringly dovish Fed intent on keep interest rates low.

AlibabaAlibaba Spread Betting

The impending IPO of Alibaba has been a long time coming and is finally here priced at $68 per share raising $21.8bn, valuing the company at $167.6bn.

The valuation is slightly below what many believe is Alibaba’s true value at around $200bn, making the IPO a possible bargain.

CFD Trading in Alibaba should start within the first couple of hours of the NYSE open.

The End of the NASDAQ 100 Sell Off?

The NASDAQ 100 is looking at a particularly strong open suggesting the sell-off in technology stocks to raise funds for Alibaba’s listing may have run its course and the tech sector is now set to benefit from its huge new component.

Update by Jasper Lawler, Market Analyst, CMC Markets
19-Sep-14 [9:48am] Nooooooo!

Following confirmation that the Union will remain unchanged, the FTSE has started the day at a roaring pace.

Yesterday saw the equity markets head higher, giving market-watchers a clue as to how the City felt the Scottish referendum voting would go.

Now that any last uncertainty has been removed, RBS, Lloyds and Standard Life have shot out of the blocks.

A lack of corporate and economic news out today means that it will be interesting to see how much conviction this relief rally really has.

Not gaining as many headlines, the mining sector has taken some of the froth off this morning’s moves as commodity prices continue to drift lower following the less-than-anticipated Chinese stimulus.

Ahead of the open we expect the Dow Jones to start 74 points lower at 17,339.

Update by Alastair McCaig, Market Analyst, IG Index
19-Sep-14 [9:04am]

Stock Market Indices Head for the Stars

The FTSE 100 has been trading as high as 6906, not a million miles away from the all time highs.

Nikkei 225 is not far off 8 year highs.

Dow Jones (Wall St) is trading at all time highs.

Are there any buyers left?

Update by Craig Inglis, Head of Product Development, CMC Markets
19-Sep-14 [8:33am] Stock Market Update:

Compared to the overnight close:

Rising Stocks The FTSE 100 is trading up 37.8pts (0.55%) at 6,871.3
Rising Stocks The Dow Jones is trading up 43pts (0.25%) at 17,329
Rising Stocks The S&P 500 is trading up 4.2pts (0.21%) at 2,018.2
Rising Stocks The NASDAQ 100 is trading up 11.2pts (0.27%) at 4,116.4
Rising Stocks The Nikkei 225 is trading up 64pts (0.39%) at 16,285
Rising Stocks The German DAX 30 is trading up 51.9pts (0.53%) at 9,860.3
Rising Stocks The French CAC 40 is trading up 26.5pts (0.59%) at 4,485.8
Rising Stocks The Italy 40 is trading up 140pts (0.66%) at 21,272
Rising Stocks The Spain 35 is trading up 162pts (1.48%) at 11,137
Rising Stocks The Euro Stoxx 50 is trading up 25pts (0.77%) at 3,292
Rising Stocks The Holland 25 is trading up 2.6pts (0.62%) at 424.7
Rising Stocks The Switzerland 20 is trading up 37.0pts (0.42%) at 8,861.5

  For more international stock markets see our Index Price Table.

  Pricing notes.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
19-Sep-14 [7:31am] US indices rose on Thursday helped by shares in the Banks, Diversified Financials and Insurance sectors.

The S&P 500 (2011.36) remains above its 20 DMA (1997.6 - positive slope), and its 50 DMA (1974.5 - positive slope).

European markets are expected to open on a negative note.

Update by InterTrader
19-Sep-14 [7:21am] Futures Markets Point Higher

Sterling and UK futures jumped overnight with the pound heading for its biggest two-day gain in almost a year as Scotland voted to reject independence.

The pound gained 0.6% to $1.6491 after the announcement, advancing by over 1.3% the previous two-days.

More than 80% of eligible voters took part in the poll with 55% voting ‘No’ and 45% in the ‘Yes’ camp.

The majority of European markets are set to open higher following the announcement, with the FTSE called up 80 and the DAX trading 82 points higher to 9865.

Alibaba IPO

Alibaba Group Holdings, the giant e-commerce company is set to raise $21.8bn in record US IPO later this afternoon.

Alibaba Group is expected to float at $68 a share, the top end of the expected range as strong investor appetite for the Chinese e-commerce inflates.

Floating at these levels will value the company at $167.6bn, surpassing American corporate giants such as Walt Disney and Boeing.

Update by Lee Mumford, Trader, Spreadex
19-Sep-14 [6:19am] European equities are set to sprint out of the starting blocks as the Scottish Independence attempt flounders.

Clients had spent yesterday steadily building up long positions in sterling and the FTSE 100 as they bet that cooler heads would prevail and the union would remain in tact.

As the first few results came in in-favour of the No campaign, there was a jubilant surge in sterling and FTSE futures.

As the No campaign began to pull away though, the media kept showing cringe worthy pictures of Nicola Sturgeon trying to put on a brave face, as she cheered on the token victories for the Yes campaign.

At the time of writing, the markets have levelled off a little.

The old market adage of ‘buy the rumour sell the fact’ may still hold though. If you’re leaving it to this morning to buy on post referendum euphoria you may be getting in at the top.

With such a major source of uncertainty out of the way, it’s back to the boring economic fundamentals.

This is clearly a shame as it’s unlikely that we’ll see another political issue which compels such esteemed public figures as Barack Obama and SuBo come together to imbue the public with their opinions.

Update by Jonathan Sudaria, Market Dealer, Financial Spreads
19-Sep-14 [4:33am] Daily Stock Market Moves:

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

Rising Stocks The FTSE 100 closed up 39.2pts (0.58%) at 6,833.5
Rising Stocks The Dow Jones closed up 116pts (0.67%) at 17,286
Rising Stocks The S&P 500 closed up 10.5pts (0.52%) at 2,014.0
Rising Stocks The NASDAQ 100 closed up 28.5pts (0.70%) at 4,105.2
Rising Stocks The Nikkei 225 closed up 191pts (1.19%) at 16,221
Rising Stocks The German DAX 30 closed up 123.8pts (1.28%) at 9,808.4
Rising Stocks The French CAC 40 closed up 18.3pts (0.41%) at 4,459.3
Rising Stocks The Italy 40 closed up 38pts (0.18%) at 21,132
Rising Stocks The Spain 35 closed up 34pts (0.31%) at 10,975
Rising Stocks The Euro Stoxx 50 closed up 24pts (0.74%) at 3,267
Rising Stocks The Holland 25 closed up 3.5pts (0.84%) at 422.1
Falling Stocks The Switzerland 20 closed down -11.0pts (-0.12%) at 8,824.5

  For more global indices see our Stock Market Price Table.

  Pricing notes.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
18-Sep-14 [4:32pm] Alex Salmond's moment in the sun has finally come.

The Scottish are voting on the future of their country as we speak, but seeing as stocks with large exposure to Scotland are rallying it would suggest the support for the ‘Yes’ campaign is fading.

Our binary bet on the outcome of the Scottish referendum is now showing an 18% chance of a ‘Yes’ vote.

Traders were given a shock by the YouGov poll that put the ‘Yes’ campaign ahead nearly two weeks ago, but the sentiment has shifted to the ‘No’ side and traders have used the Salmond shake up as an opportunity to pick up cheap banking stocks.

In the US, the Dow Jones is up 80 points at 17,237.

US equities have extended their gains as traders prepare themselves for an interest rate rise in early 2015.

The QE scheme is in its final stretch, and now traders are coming around to the idea that rates will not remain at rock bottom forever.

Our clients are indicating a market capitalisation of $224bn, the highest level since March, for Alibaba's IPO; a 37% premium over the company’s guidance ahead of its potentially record-setting float tomorrow.

Update by David Madden, Market Analyst, IG Index
18-Sep-14 [4:03pm] The Scots Vote

As the Scottish line up at polling stations across the country, stock markets are broadly higher on optimism spread by perception of ongoing accommodation from the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England to compliment more aggressive easy monetary policy from both the Bank of China and the European Central Bank.

The final Scottish referendum decision is expected around 7am BST.

Voting ends at 10pm tonight and the first regional outcomes will start be released around 2am with the last including some of the largest regional outcomes expected to be announced by 6am.

So really any OTC markets like FX could well be making directional moves from 5-6am as some traders pre-empt the final confirmation.

The widespread assumption south of Hadrian’s Wall, at least in the City, is that the Scots will vote “No” to independence purely to avoid the difficulties of the separation.

The risk is that north of the border the feeling is that independence and self-determination in itself is worth the trouble.

There seems to be a good amount of complacency in markets on the referendum result which could feed into a more exaggerated response if there is a ‘Yes’ vote and perhaps a more muted one should it be a “No”.

The FTSE 100 is less than 100 points from multi-year highs, if investors were truly taking precaution over the result you’d imagine it’d be a bit lower.

Most FTSE 100 companies don’t do a lot of business in Scotland but the uncertainty of a “Yes” vote could push stock prices lower and the stock price declines of those businesses who have strong ties could easily do substantial damage to the market as a whole.

These moves could be all the more pronounced with Scottish–based businesses RBS, Lloyds, Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management all among today’s top risers.

Sterling has traded higher in the last week and is back above $1.63 to the dollar the price before the YouGov poll put the “Yes” campaign ahead which really doesn’t suggest too much concern.

Volatile days can see 300 point swings in FX markets.

It doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility that a ‘Yes’ vote would cause a total capitulation in cable and see it down 800 point in the days following to $1.55.

Update by Jasper Lawler, Market Analyst, CMC Markets
18-Sep-14 [11:26am] Very Interesting Last Hour of Trading

US futures are pointing to a stronger open as investors shrug off concerns over the Scottish referendum.

Instead investors have turned their attention to the second dose of monetary stimulus this week from the People’s Bank of China.

Although, as the day progresses and we near the referendum result, I’m sure we’ll see some profit taking creep into the markets, especially if we get reports suggest the voting is neck and neck as the polls suggest.

The result itself isn’t due out until the early hours of tomorrow morning which should make the last hour of trading today very interesting.

The Odds Favour a No Vote

As it stands, despite what the polls say, people seem very confident that the Scots will vote no when push comes to shove.

The odds strongly favour a no vote and that probably says a lot more than any surveys would.

While a lot of Scots may like the idea of independence, which is completely understandable, I think a lot won’t be able to get past the fact that Alex Salmond and the “yes” campaign were not able to give any guarantees on key issues such as currency, central bank and EU membership.

The lack of a plan B has seriously damaged the chances of Scotland getting independence and the country may now have to wait a long time to get another chance.

More Chinese Monetary Stimulus

The decision by the PBOC overnight to announce a cut to the short term borrowing rate has provided another boost to the markets this week.

This week we’ve already had reports that the PBOC has injected large sums of cash into the country’s five largest banks, which in itself gave the markets a big boost.

Today’s announcement is a massive statement of intent from the PBOC.

Despite its desire to tighten credit conditions and reign in some of the reckless lending that has happened in recent years, it will not do so at the expense of the country’s growth, also see guide to spread betting on the Chinese stock market.

Investors have been concerned about China again recently, with some of the numbers being far from great.

But stimulus has worked in the past so there’s no reason to doubt that it will again.

Well, that’s what the markets are betting on anyway.

New US Data

We have plenty of US data being released today, although it may be somewhat overshadowed by the referendum.

The housing data is likely to show a small decline in both building permits and housing starts which is a little concerning given that rates will rise in the next 12 months which could weigh further on the numbers.

We’ll also get jobless claims figures for the last week as well as another speech from Fed Chair Janet Yellen so there’s plenty to focus on from a US perspective as well.

The S&P is currently seen opening 7 point higher, the Dow 54 points higher and the Nasdaq 15 points higher.

Update by Craig Erlam, Market Analyst, Alpari
18-Sep-14 [11:03am]

It’s Shite Being Scottish

A classic from Train Spotting.

A warning, if you’re in an office, then pop your head phones in.

These young men don’t strike me as very pro-Union and they use some reasonably strong language.

Update by Jacob Wood, Editor, CleanFinancial
18-Sep-14 [10:59am]

How Scotland Sees Westminster (and David Cameron in Particular)

No doubt this is how many people in Scotland see Cameron (and his ilk).

The epitome of English arrogance and privilege.

Don’t worry Scotland, a lot of us south of the wall think the same.

Below a 2 minute trailer for the new film, the Riot Club.

Update by Jacob Wood, Editor, CleanFinancial

Readers please note:

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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 - 9 Sep 2014

Indices Net Non-Commercial Commitments (i) (Futures Only) Open Interest (i) Change in Open Interest (i)
Long:Short Ratio (i) 9 Sep 2014 2 Sep 2014 Weekly Change
Dow Jones Index 1.4:1 11,453 13,156 -1,703 129,446 -104
S&P 500 Index 1:1 -15 2,113 -2,128 169,868 5,070
NASDAQ 100 Index (Consolidated) 2.3:1 10,975 10,824 151 73,158 -325
Nikkei 225 Index (Yen Denom) 8.2:1 36,535 36,924 -389 105,015 16,349

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 19-Sep-14

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