What is the latest performance of the S&P 500 index? Which stocks are moving on the S&P 500 today? Check this page regularly to get answers to all those stock market questions with the latest S&P prices, news and trends.
Featuring the 500 largest publicly traded companies by market capitalization, the index serves as a representative benchmark for overall stock market conditions.
The market-cap weighted index offers a broader look at the U.S. stock market and economy than the Dow Jones industrial average, which is comprised of just 30 large-cap companies like Apple (AAPL), Walmart (WMT), ExxonMobil (XOM) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM).
Many mutual funds measure the performance of their portfolios against the performance of the S&P. The relative strength line — a key indicator of market leadership — is also based on how an individual stock is performing in comparison to the S&P 500.
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What Is The S&P? What Are SPDR ETFs?
Standard & Poor’s was established in 1860 as a provider of financial market intelligence. Today, it is the world’s largest provider of credit ratings.
It created its first stock market index, referred to as the Composite Index, in 1923. Standard & Poor’s expanded that index into what is now known as the S&P 500 in 1957.Indexes under the S&P umbrella now also include the S&P 400 basket of top midcap stocks and the S&P 600 index of leading small-cap stocks. The S&P 100 is a subset of the S&P 500, generally featuring the largest, most established companies.Each of the S&P indexes have one of more corresponding exchange traded funds (ETFs) under the SPDR (pronounced “spider”) brand. The goal of these index funds is to mirror the performance of the corresponding index, or a set of more specific components within the complete basket of stocks.SPDR is a trademark owned by Standard & Poor’s Financial Services, a subsidiary of S&P Global (SPGI). SPDR index funds include:
- SPDR S&P 500 (SPY)
- SPDR S&P 400 Mid Cap Growth (MDYG)
- SPDR S&P 400 Mid Cap Value ETF (MDYV)
- SPDR S&P 600 Small Cap Growth (SLYG)
- SPDR S&P 600 Small Cap Value (SLYV)
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