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NASDAQ – What is Nasdaq? All about NASDAQ Stock Market

Updated on November 7, 2010

Whadda hell is Nasdaq? When we search and browse in the web, we often find the word NASDAQ attached with the thing we search about especially if it’s a big name, famous and popular. Type ‘stock market’ in your search engine, the top search result will be NASDAQ. Find out why…

NASDAQ and the Big Names. OK so NASDAQ stands for National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations Systems though the acronym meaning is obsolete. So Nasdaq is the name. According to my dear wiki, it is the largest electronic screen-based equity securities trading market in the United States and fourth largest by market capitalization in the world. Wow! I told you it’s huge. It better be, because I’m writing about it. LOL Ok, seriously, NASDAQ is the fourth largest stock market exchange in the world as I write this hub (2010). As you know, nothing is certain in the stock market except these big companies overtake each other every now and then. I know you want the big three. I won’t be skipping that of course.

The largest stock market in the world today is the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) with a market value of $ 9.57 trillion, while NASDAQ exchange has a market value of $ 2.77 trillion. Obviously, America is leading. Japan's Tokyo Stock Exchange is the second largest stock market with a market value of $ 3.1 trillion. And the Chinese won’t be left behind because all things are made in China LOL Shanghai and Shenzhen markets hit 3.07 trillion dollars as of the end of May 2010.

Nasdaq stock market hit the third place of the biggest stock market in the world from prior years. As I’ve mentioned, stocks index moves up and down so expect variable statistics.

NASDAQ Stock Market

Type ‘stock market’ in your google search box or yahoo or in bing or whatever your search engine, the top result would be NASDAQ. Wonder why? Simply because the NASDAQ was the world's first electronic stock market. It is a virtual listed exchange, where all of the trading is done over a computer network. It has changed the old stock exchange way of trading. It did a massive change and improvement revolving in the stock market giving it a massive power in the trading world globally. It eliminated the low tech and vintage ways of trading. Now all international markets can trade, buy, sell, quote, bid, stocks the quickest way while monitoring the orderly flow of stocks reports within the network the quickest way. NASDAQ was also the first stock market in the United States to advertise to the general public, highlighting NASDAQ-traded companies (usually in technology) and closing with the declaration that NASDAQ is "the stock market for the next hundred years." With over 2919 stock symbols, it has more trading volume than any other electronic stock exchange in the world.

Simply put, NASDAQ, the strongest platform fueling the real time stock market, will surely roll in the global stock exchange in a rising hill market capitalization.

Nasdaq Stock Market source: wiki
Nasdaq Stock Market source: wiki

NASDAQ World Stock Market Competitors

The following are the biggest stock markets in the world that compete with NASDAQ:

New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

Tokyo Stock Exchange

London Stock Exchange


Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Exchange

Canadian TSX Group

Deutsche Börse

Hong Kong Exchanges

BME Spanish Exchanges

SWX Swiss Exchange

The NASDAQ Stock Exchange

Giving you a brief history of NASDAQ. What is NASDAQ? Who started Nasdaq and when it is created. Well I discussed already what NASDAQ stands for. But NASDAQ is NASDAQ, that big name is better known and called as that. Nasdaq is a stock market / the same as stock exchange that reports on the trading of domestic securities not listed on the regular stock exchanges in an automated quotation system. It publishes two composite price indexes daily as well as bank, insurance, transportation, utilities, and industrial indexes. It was founded in 1971 by the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) It is owned and operated by the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. the stock of which was listed on its own stock exchange beginning July 2, 2002, under the ticker symbol (stock symbol) NASDAQ: NDAQ. Its main index is the NASDAQ Composite while its exchange-traded fund tracks the large-cap NASDAQ-100 index, which was introduced in 1985 alongside the NASDAQ 100 Financial Index.

Nasdaq 100 is a stock market index of 100 of the largest non-financial companies listed in NASDAQ. It is a customized market value-weighted index based on market capitalizations.

In 1998, NASDAQ merged with American Stock Exchange (AMEX) making Nasdaq become the largest electronic stock market (in terms of both dollar value and share volume) in the United States. NASDAQ formed then a publicly traded company, the NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc in the year 2000. In 2007, NASDAQ bought the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (PHLX), the oldest stock exchange in America. How huge. I bet it will merge and acquire another stock exchange companies in the near future.


Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc. owns and operates the NASDAQ stock market and seven European stock exchanges - Stockholm (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Helsinki (Finland), and Iceland in the Nordic and Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia) and Vilnius (Lithuania) in the Baltic regions.

NASDAQ delivers trading, exchange technology, securities listing, and public company services across six continents globally. Its international and global offerings are diverse and include trading across multiple asset classes, market data products, financial indexes, capital formation solutions, financial services and market technology products and services. Its technology powers markets across the globe, supporting cash equity trading, derivatives trading, clearing and settlement and many other trading markets.

NASDAQ Company Listing

Some of the biggest and famous companies listed in the NASDAQ stock market are here. To qualify for listing on the exchange, a company must be registered with the SEC, have at least three market makers (financial firms that act as brokers or dealers for specific securities) and meet minimum requirements for assets, capital, public shares, and shareholders.

Company List and their Stock Symbol

Apple, Inc. - AAPL

Microsoft Corporation - MSFT

Google, Inc. - GOOG

Cisco Systems, Inc. - CSCO

Intel Corporation - INTC

Oracle Corporation - ORCL

Yahoo! Inc. - YHOO

eBay, Inc. - EBAY

Dell Inc. - DELL

NVIDIA Corporation - NVDA

Symantec Corporation - SYMC

Starbucks Corporation - SBUX

and many more…

Below is a sample of stock chart of Google derived fresh from NASDAQ. If you wanna trade stocks, you can visit Nasdaq and trade online. It's on

source NASDAQ
source NASDAQ

OK I’m done here. Hope you have learned something from here. As for me, at least I know now what is Nasdaq and it won’t bug me anymore LOL See you on the next hub folks. :)


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    • twentyfive profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      thank you Ramya

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      6 years ago


    • twentyfive profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi Miss Curly manager! hahaha Well this Nasdaq thing was bugging me and I couldn't let it unanswered so here put it into hub LOL Glad you enjoyed it, finance is your line ;) A trillion is astounding even in Hubpages. Wonders who could reach a trillion views first..Heh! Maybe a hub like 'OMG, I've got a trillion views!' That would be freaking tempting title LOL Europe stock markets are leading too hey, your country is richy ;) Cheers! Love your comments :)

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      Cassandra Mantis 

      7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Hello Fehl! Miss Curly Hair is here! *fixes my hair as I walk in* Hehehe! You are soooo funny! Yes, I enjoyed this hub. Nice to see a serious financial hub about the Nasdaq stock market, moi friend. This is a great hub!! It's well researched and well written. The NYSE figure of $9.7 Trillion is astounding. And look how much some countries have to be bailed out, the USA have pledged over £1 trillion to its banks and key companies when it is finally counted out. Great hub, this deserves many comments, Fehl. Cheers, moi friend. Love your hubs!

      Have a great week ahead. XO

    • twentyfive profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Let your adsense roll, you can do it Prasetio :) It's gonna be interesting being listed in NASDAQ and trading with them. Thanks for rating up. God bless

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good information and I learn much from you. I wish I have a lot of money to be invested in NASDAQ. Thank you very much. I love this hub. Rating up.


    • twentyfive profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      I know, Miss Curly is an ace in finance ;) That's one of the most rewarding things here in Hubpages, we learn things ;) I was serious, I never knew about Nasdaq before this LMAO Trading stocks would be so great, gotta include that in my life's list LOL AstraNomiCath is doing wonderful poetry as always :) Thank you. You TC too. XO

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      Cathy Nerujen 

      7 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      Wow, what a great hub. Cassy would love this. This is right up her street, job-wise. As the little fat kid on South Park says "I learned something today...". LOL. My, you are doing wonderful hubs lately Fehl. I am so impressed. Rating this hub up. Take care. XO


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