Some companies listed in the New York Stock Exchange are Bank of America, General Electric, Wells Fargo and AT&T, as reported by ADVFN. Brokers on the exchange trade stocks in approximately 2,800 companies, including Ford Motor, Verizon, Pfizer and Coca Cola.
Other company stocks traded in the exchange include retail giants such as Wal Mart Stores, Target and JC Penney, according to ADVN. Brokers also trade the stocks of international companies, such as Companhia Vale Do Rio Doce and the Bank of Greece. The NYSE is the premier stock exchange in the world, with over 1.46 billion shares traded each day. Its listing includes major blue-chip companies and newer, fast-growing companies. To list shares, a company must meet a set of strict prerequisites, which helps maintain the market's reputation of allowing only high-quality securities on its list.
The NYSE is based in New York City, and until 2005, when it became public, it was run as a private entity, as reported by Investopedia. Founded in 1792, the NYSE is open for trading Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST. On rare occasions, daily trading ends early. The market shuts down on nine holidays throughout the course of the year