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How do you view a current stock market index?

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The Nasdaq website offers a listing of the most recent stock index prices with information such as symbol, name, value, percentage change, and high and low price. Website visitors can also use the search function to look up a specific index.

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The Nasdaq website provides a listing of stock indices such as the Amex Composite, the Russell 3000 and the Wilshire 5000. The indices are classified by the exchange on which they trade or by region. Nasdaq also offers information related to stock performance within sectors, or industries. Some of the industry indices include the BetterInvesting 100 Index, Dow Industrials, Nasdaq Biotechnology and the PHLX Sports Sector.

A broad market stock index serves as a metric to gauge financial progress, notes Tim Plaehn for the Houston Chronicle. More specifically, a market index tracks the price changes of a select group of stocks. This group is compiled to one value and can be classified as either large-, mid-, or small-cap. Some of the more popular indices include the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Certain indices relate to market sectors such as health care or energy. Financial services or data companies maintain the indices. Each index can range in size, with some of the smaller indices containing 30 stocks.

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