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Where does CNN pre market stock trading get their figures from?

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BATS provides most of the stock quote data on the CNN Money website. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, BATS is one of the largest stock exchanges in the United States, according to an article at Newsweek. Using BATS stock quote data, CNN Money shows the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ indices in real time and the Dow Jones Industrial Average at a 2-minute delay.

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Pre-market trading refers to trading activity that takes place before the normal stock market trading hours. The pre-market trading usually happens between 8 and 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time for each trading day, according to the Investopedia website.

Stock market traders and investors usually observe pre-stock market trading activity to predict the behavior of the market during regular trading hours. Pre-market trading activity, however, is generally on a smaller scale and limited liquidity.

BATS, which stands for Better Alternative Trading System, began operating in 2005 offering an alternative stock trading venue. Alternative trading systems such as BATS are electronic communication networks or ECNs, which started to crop up in the 1990s.

Apart from pre-market stock quotes from the three major American indices, the CNN Money website's pre-market trading page also displays quotes from indices all over the world. The page also shows currency prices, bonds and interest rates and prices of commodities.

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