Bloomberg Business offers a comprehensive list of America’s stock futures, including the Dow Jones mini, the Nasdaq 100 mini and the S&P 500 mini, according to the company’s website. The list also includes the stock futures of markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
A stock future is a financial contract between a buyer and seller requiring the buyer to purchase an asset, such as an individual stock, at a predetermined price sometime in the future, explains Investopedia. Many investors use stock futures to speculate how high or low major market indexes open on a specific trading day.
Prior to the trading day, financial publications and websites, such as Bloomberg, provide futures quotes for market indexes, including the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Nasdaq and the S&P 500, notes Investopedia. Price movements in the futures contracts closely tied to specific market indexes prior to the day's trading session often reflect how the index opens for that day. Therefore, the futures quotes provided by the financial publications and websites provide investors with a gauge as to how the markets open and how markets perform throughout the course of the trading day. Futures contracts begin trading on the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange one hour prior to the open of the stock market.