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Indicative Stock Market Prices

Above, indicative prices from Capital Spreads.

Stock Market Index Spread Comparison

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

Typical In-Hours Spread Sizes

FTSE 100 (UK 100) Daily 0.8 1 1 1 1 1
Dow Jones (Wall St) Daily 1 1 1 1 1 2
DAX 30 (Germany 30) Daily 1 1 1 1 1 1
S&P 500 (SPX 500) Daily 3 4 5 3 3 6
NASDAQ 100 (US Tech 100) Daily 5 4-10 3 4 4 2
CAC 40 (France 40) Daily 1 1 1 1 1 3
ASX 200 (Australia 200) Daily 1 5 3 1 1 8
Japan 225 Daily 8 8 13 10 10 15
Hong Kong Daily 8 10 20 20 20 25
Stock Indices - Minimum Stake £1 £1 £0.5 £1 £1 £1
Comparison Notes. This table is not meant to be inclusive, index spread betting may be available through other brokers.

Stock Market Spread Betting Analysis & News

Date Trading Update
01-Jul-15 [3:49pm] Tsipras speech on Greek PM leads markets away from highs, but gains remain

Wednesday’s market gains were lessened somewhat as Alexis Tsipras took to Greek TV to reaffirm his commitment to a ‘no’ vote on Sunday.

The Greek PM insisted that the referendum is just about the acceptance of a deal and not about the country’s euro membership as many of the creditors are keen to make it seem.

What deal this refers to exactly is still a bit foggy, and Tsipras was still keen to keep the doorway to a (better) deal pre-vote open.

All of this will have further contributed to the Council of Europe’s displeasure at the entire situation.

The intergovernmental organisation claimed that there hasn’t been sufficient time to prepare for a fair and proper vote, with the actual formation of the question and what is to be asked for the Greek people remaining unclear.

The Eurogroup meeting is still to happen, and currently there has been no word on the ECB’s decision over ELA to Greek banks.

One thing has remained clear; both Merkel and Schauble are holding firm that they have no interest in holding talks until after the referendum.

Schauble in particular displayed venom towards Tsipras normally saved for dictators and their ilk, claiming the Greek PM ‘has done nothing’ since Syriza came into power bar reneging on ‘previously agreed commitments’, labelling Tsipras and his party as untrustworthy.

US Markets

The sound of squawking hawks is only growing louder in the US, with another stellar afternoon of data giving extra credence to calls for a rate hike in September.

Better than expected final and ISM manufacturing PMIs, and strong construction spending, were all window dressing for an impressive ADP non-farm figure.

The Dow Jones managed to maintain gains due to the positivity in Europe.

This didn’t stop the dollar opening up ground against a basket of currencies; things might be tougher tomorrow, with an early non-farm figure (due to the 4th July weekend) forecast to fall short of the muscular 280,000 posted last month.

Update by Connor Campbell, Financial Analyst, Spreadex
01-Jul-15 [1:06pm] Greece's Options Explained

Update by Chris Beauchamp, Market Analyst, IG Index
01-Jul-15 [11:35am] Possible Greece solution leads markets higher

For a review of the UK and forex markets, skip to 6mins.

Update by Joshua Mahony, Research Analyst, IG Index
01-Jul-15 [9:48am] Following yesterday’s almost inevitable default, attention now turns to the Greek referendum.

The slow motion train wreak that traders had been watching for weeks finally saw Greece default as the nation missed its €1.6bn IMF payment.

The big question now is, "What Next?"

As Greece enters the third day in a row where capital controls are in place, tensions are being stretched to breaking point.

The IG binary on the Greek referendum this weekend is currently indicating a 72% chance of a ‘yes’ vote winning.

Momentarily glancing away from the Greek shambles, it is worth noting that we are due manufacturing PMI data from China, across Europe, the UK and the US today, all of which will give economists a better grasp of global economic health.

In addition to this data we will also be blessed with a plethora of political commentary from the latest Eurogroup meeting, along with the latest BoE financial stability report and accompanying commentary from Governor Mark Carney.

US Markets Aim Higher

After being dictated to by a Mediterranean country many would struggle to point to on a map, US traders took their destiny back into their own hands as they drove equities higher.

Once again the focus of this short week is back on economic data, with today’s manufacturing and ADP figures and tomorrow’s earlier-than-normal non-farm payroll figures set to see them through the long weekend.

Ahead of the open we expect the Dow Jones to start 95 points higher at 17,714.

Update by Alastair McCaig, Market Analyst, IG Index
01-Jul-15 [9:48am] Today's Rising UK Shares

Rising UK Share Greene King

Greene King’s revenue broke above the £1bn level for the first time in the company’s history as better-than-expected full-year figures lifted the brewery firm by 1.36% in early trading.

Rising UK Share Tullow Oil

After last year’s pre-tax loss, the first for the company in 15 years, Tullow Oil looks to have bounced back in swift style following today’s announcement.

The company upgraded its full-year targets due to better-than-expected results from its West African oil field, and the shares are up by almost 2% on the day.

Update by Alastair McCaig, Market Analyst, IG Index
01-Jul-15 [9:06am] Stock Market Update:

Compared to the overnight close:

Rising Stocks The FTSE 100 is trading up 30.0pts (0.46%) at 6,564.0
Rising Stocks The Dow Jones is trading up 75pts (0.42%) at 17,694
Rising Stocks The S&P 500 is trading up 9.5pts (0.46%) at 2,073.2
Rising Stocks The NASDAQ 100 is trading up 21.3pts (0.48%) at 4,419.2
Rising Stocks The Nikkei 225 is trading up 196pts (0.97%) at 20,397
Rising Stocks The German DAX 30 is trading up 16.4pts (0.15%) at 11,017.3
Rising Stocks The French CAC 40 is trading up 18.4pts (0.38%) at 4,830.0
Rising Stocks The Italy 40 is trading up 843pts (3.67%) at 23,823
Rising Stocks The Spain 35 is trading up 29pts (0.27%) at 10,818
Rising Stocks The Euro Stoxx 50 is trading up 13pts (0.38%) at 3,451
Rising Stocks The Holland 25 is trading up 1.1pts (0.23%) at 475.9
Rising Stocks The Switzerland 20 is trading up 38.5pts (0.44%) at 8,796.5

  For more international stock markets see our Index Price Table.

  Pricing notes.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
01-Jul-15 [8:51am] Markets Have Started Range Trading

Below, a 7 minute technical analysis update on the popular spread betting markets:

Update by Craig Inglis, Head of Product Development, CMC Markets
01-Jul-15 [8:31am] Post default calm as Eurogroup prepares to discuss third bailout proposal

Well, the inevitable happened: Greece defaulted on its €1.6 billion IMF repayment last night.

Whilst it wasn’t the world changing event the amount of coverage suggested it would be, it still leaves the Eurozone in increasingly uncharted territory.

With that milestone out of the way, the Eurogroup will convene once again, in the second teleconference of the week, to discuss Greece’s third, ESM supported, bailout proposal from yesterday afternoon.

France’s finance minister Michel Sapin has been the most vocal about the chances of this proposal being successful, noting that the impending referendum (which is more and more looking like a backfiring bartering tool for Greece) potentially complicates matters beyond repair.

Originally tabled for this morning, this Eurogroup get together has been pushed back to this afternoon, assumedly to give the finance ministers more time to come up with create ways to tell Greece 'no'.

Of course, the Greek banks are also in need of some TLC, and the ECB will be meeting later today to discuss if it will be the one to give said TLC in the form of some increased ELA.

Whilst the Eurozone bigwigs try to untangle the situation, investors will at least have some manufacturing data to chew over in the meantime.

And despite a slip in the Spanish figure, and a mixed set of forecasts across the region, the Eurozone indices are in the green as they enjoy the post-default, pre-referendum calm.

The FTSE 100 has followed the Eurozone’s lead in classically dull fashion, climbing into the green as investors take a deep breath.

The UK will release its own manufacturing data later this morning.

With the relative quiet on the markets there is a chance that, for the first time in a while, a FTSE-related figure could be noted by investors.

Update by Connor Campbell, Financial Analyst, Spreadex
01-Jul-15 [6:16am] Q2 2015? Not a Quarter to Remember for European Markets

It’s not been a good quarter for European markets, posting fairly hefty falls, after a spectacular start to the year.

However, unlike the FTSE100, they still remain in positive territory for the year,

The UK index has continued to be hampered by lower commodity prices.

Update by Michael Hewson, Senior Market Analyst, CMC Markets
01-Jul-15 [5:06am] Daily Stock Market Moves:

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

Falling Stocks The FTSE 100 closed down -45.8pts (-0.70%) at 6,534.0
Falling Stocks The Dow Jones closed down -11pts (-0.06%) at 17,619
Rising Stocks The S&P 500 closed up 2.8pts (0.14%) at 2,063.7
Rising Stocks The NASDAQ 100 closed up 9.0pts (0.21%) at 4,397.9
Rising Stocks The Nikkei 225 closed up 161pts (0.80%) at 20,201
Rising Stocks The German DAX 30 closed up 10.0pts (0.09%) at 11,000.9
Falling Stocks The French CAC 40 closed down -16.6pts (-0.34%) at 4,811.6
Rising Stocks The Italy 40 closed up 58pts (0.25%) at 22,980
Rising Stocks The Spain 35 closed up 12pts (0.11%) at 10,789
Rising Stocks The Euro Stoxx 50 closed up 7pts (0.20%) at 3,438
Rising Stocks The Holland 25 closed up 0.6pts (0.13%) at 474.8
Falling Stocks The Switzerland 20 closed down -12.5pts (-0.14%) at 8,758.0

  For more global indices see our Stock Market Price Table.

  Pricing notes.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
30-Jun-15 [4:23pm] Interesting Analysis of the DAX and Eurostoxx Indices

Also, skip to 3m30s for a technical look at EUR/USD.

Update by Michael Hewson, Senior Market Analyst, CMC Markets
30-Jun-15 [4:19pm] European stocks rebounded on Tuesday, showing relative calm in the face of increasing risk of a ‘Grexit’.

There is now a sense of acceptance that Greece will not get an extension of its bailout program and is going to miss its IMF payment deadline on Tuesday.

It is just optimism that a missed payment doesn’t mean a deal can’t eventually be reached keeping markets afloat.

Greece has requested a new 2-year bailout program from the ESM so an extraordinary Eurogroup teleconference has been setup for 6pm BST tonight to discuss it.

Given comments from Germany’s Angela Merkel that there will be no more developments on Greece today, chances of a loan being signed off are low.

Even more unlikely is that a law could be drafted and passed in six Eurozone parliaments before the IMF payment is due five hours later.

German finance ministry have stated that Greece’s debt crisis poses little threat of contagion to the German financial system, but then, they would say that.

UK economic growth was revised higher for the first quarter to 0.4% from 0.3%, mostly due to a change in calculation for the construction sector according to the ONS.

Business investment is rising and domestic demand is growing thanks to high employment and improving real earnings. Exports continue to disappoint with the British pound at a seven-year high versus the euro.

Having lost close to 400 points in the past three trading days, sentiment has been severely dented in the FTSE 100, which is now trading close to negative territory for 2015.

It was a sea of red on Tuesday with supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Tesco leading the declines.

Hikma Pharmaceuticals was one of the few bright spots on news the company has made a bid for German rival Boehringer Ingelheim's generics unit Roxane Labs.

US markets made a strong open on Tuesday But...

They gave back gains after strong consumer confidence and housing data increased the likelihood of higher interest rates this year, while concerns remained over the fate of Puerto Rico.

Consumer confidence beat expectations in June coming in at 101.4 when 97.1 was expected, up from 95.4 in May. The Case-Shiller home price index hit its highest level since 2008.

Puerto Rico’s president announcing that the country cannot afford to pay its $72bn in debt was a reminder that it’s not just external debt problems that can destabilise US markets.

The United States central government has ruled out a bailout and the US territory is not a municipality so cannot restructure its debt with formal bankruptcy.

Apple share were up 0.5% in early trading on the day its music streaming service goes live.

Shares of newly-listed FitBit were up over 6% after new coverage from a broker suggested the company was gaining market share in the growing wearable fitness market.

Update by Jasper Lawler, Market Analyst, CMC Markets
30-Jun-15 [4:02pm] Heading into the close the FTSE 100 is down 60 points, as Greek worries continue to drag down European markets.

Greece is living in its final hours before passing into the unknown territory that lies beyond the bailouts of the past five years.

It is a journey that even Jason and his Argonauts might balk at venturing on.

Appropriately enough, at this late hour, Alexis Tsipras’ plane sits on the runway in Athens, waiting to take the Greek leader to another last-minute summit.

Equity markets clearly believe that we will sail past the deadline tonight without any developments, as the mad game of brinksmanship that has dominated the news for so long enters its final hours.

Greece has asked for a two year extension to the ESM, but this would need approval from Germany, and jolting German MPs out of their afternoon naps is unlikely to win Athens many friends.

The weekend referendum is still expected to yield a ‘yes’ result despite the government’s plan to campaign for a ‘no’ vote.

IG’s new Greek referendum binary suggests a 67% chance of the pro-austerity side emerging victorious at the weekend.

In London supermarket giants Tesco and Sainsbury's sat at the bottom of the index, not because of their exposure to Greece but because of more woeful price data.

Margins continue to be eaten away thanks to price wars, while the surge in sales at Aldi and Lidl underscores the fact that the established firms have yet to find a real answer to the budget retailers.

The US has its own debt crisis in the form of Puerto Rico, but this appears to be troubling US traders in only a modest fashion.

The greater distance from Greece also lessens the impact of this never-ending crisis, and thus dip buyers have been emboldened once again.

Crucially, the number of S+P 500 members trading at four-week lows has hit its highest level since mid-December, raising the prospect that we could see a mid-summer rally for equity markets.

Over the past year this indicator has been handy in calling the dips, and a sudden announcement of Greek progress could be the catalyst for a big move higher.

With US markets off on Friday, the potential for a pre-holiday rally is there.

Update by Chris Beauchamp, Market Analyst, IG Index
30-Jun-15 [10:23am] Today's Rising UK Shares

Rising UK Share Carpetright

Carpetright’s comeback is underway after the company rolled out a strong set of numbers. The company had a few shaky years as it was plagued by profit warnings, but the cost-cutting and the restructuring is finally paying off.

Today's Falling UK Shares

Falling UK Shares Ocado

Ocado shares are in the red this morning even though the company is in the black, and the subdued outlook for the retail sector has taken the shine off the company’s strong earnings.

Ocado is seeking to expand overseas, and talks are continuing, but there is no concrete plan as of yet, and the UK retail sector alone isn’t enough to go on.

Update by David Madden, Market Analyst, IG Index
30-Jun-15 [10:23am] In mid-morning trading the FTSE 100 is offside as Greece is due to make a repayment tonight and traders are holding their breaths.

Stock markets are selling off this morning as Greece must make a €1.6bn repayment, and dealers aren’t holding out much hope.

If the Athens administration couldn’t cough up the €300m at the start of the month, what are the chances it can afford this repayment?

The Greek referendum is on the horizon, and a ‘no’ vote would essentially mean an exit from the eurozone. The people of Greece are in a bind, either they vote ‘yes’ and accept austerity or the banks may stay closed for a prolonged period.

Dealers are protecting themselves against a possible default, but deep down there is a sense that some sort of compromise will be reached before the deadline - it’s the eurozone way.

Dow Expected to Open Higher

We are expecting the Dow Jones to open 55 points higher, at 17,655, as the US index futures market has pulled back from last night’s heavy losses.

Nevertheless, the feeling is that it will be short-lived. T

The Greek deadline is looming and New York will be paying close attention to Athens tonight.

The US market has a short week as Friday is a holiday, and traders want to close out their positions ahead of the long weekend.

Update by David Madden, Market Analyst, IG Index

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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 Jun 2015

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

Quick Stock Market Guide:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Case Study: Applying Technical Analysis to a Stock Market Index

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

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

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

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

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

Daily FTSE Spread Betting Chart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'Stock Market Spread Betting' edited by Jacob Wood, updated 01-Jul-15

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