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Analysis written in a straightforward way so that everyone understands.
only a small few who get it consistantly correct and you are certainly
for putting this all together and sharing! BHW
Stuff! Kenny has shown time and time again the ability to show us direction in
these markets. Khalsa
Kenny, I appreciate your insight and analysis. You make sense of what I can rarely see.
Thanks for sharing. Gene
Took a gold short at 1240
just closed at 1203 :-)))))))))))))))))) ........ top call!! Gekko
Stock Market Indexes
What is a Stock Market Index
are a pool
of stocks used as a way of measuring how a
market or sector is performing overall. An index is just a virtual
It is the same as your personal portfolio where some stocks within it
have dropped and others will have gained but what really matters is
whether you made money today or not, what is the final number at the
bottom of the page? Did the tradersdaytrading.comindex
today is what I want to know.
Each stock index
has its own formula for calculating its value so the actual
number itself is not that important. It is simply a means of measuring
Stock Market Indexes
of the best known Stock market indexes are-
Dow Jones Industrial Average
(djia), often simply called the Dow or Dow Jones Standard and Poors 500 (spx) or
just S&P500, sp500 etc... Ftse
100 (ukx), NIKKEI, ASX, DAX etc...
What stocks go into an Index
absolutely anything you want to put in to them and measure the
performance of. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) contains 30 of
the largest companys in the US spread across a number of sectors from
McDonalds to Microsoft.
The Standard and Poors
S&P 500 is a much wider spread of stocks and
contains ??.......yep you guessed it...500 stocks from across a variety
of sectors. Sectors are just groups of similar companies. Retailers,
Telecoms, Utilities etc.
Sectors, themselves can be measured in an index as a way of
how well that particular type of business is performing. We all know
only too well that the Banking
sectors took a nosedive through 2008.
Its not just stocks that are measured in market indexes. There are also
indexes for commodities markets through to the Real Estate markets, If
you can trade it, it
will be in an index somewhere. There are even indexes of indexes.
Charles Dow created the oldest indexes
that are still in use today, Dow
Jones Transportation Average
then the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Q. How many Dow Jones
Indexes are there today?........and NO cheating!
Indices are used extensively and have a
wide variety of uses. The media love to quote the Dow and the Ftse
changes on the day just to let us know how well off or how
poor we are, as the case may be.
investor or investment manager can gauge how a particular sector or
even a geographical area is performing relative to others. This gives
them vital information for when they make decisions about where, and
how much of his portfolio to allocate to it, if any. More about this in
the how to trade
section of this website.