What exactly is NASDAQ 100, how can you trade it?
What exactly is NASDAQ 100, how can you trade it?

The Nasdaq 100 is an index of the top 100 non-financial stocks traded on the NASDAQ stock market. This index frequently includes companies in the technology or biotechnology sectors. The Nasdaq 100 index is a great tool for investors who want to trade technology companies since it gives a solid picture of how all tech sector firms are performing at any one moment.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the world’s most widely followed stock index: the NASDAQ 100. There are several methods you may start index trading today to acquire exposure to it, which is widely regarded as the main benchmark for the largest non-financial corporations in the United States. Before we get into how to trade indexes like the NASDAQ 100, let’s take a look at what it symbolizes and which firms are included in it.

To begin, what exactly is the NASDAQ?

The NASDAQ is a New York City-based stock exchange that is the second largest stock exchange in the United States in terms of market capitalization, behind only the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). NASDAQ Inc. operates the exchange, which was created in February 1971 as the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations.

To be listed on the NASDAQ, a firm must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), have at least three market makers, and fulfill the exchange’s basic standards.

What exactly is the NASDAQ 100?


The NASDAQ 100 index is made up of the 100 largest non-financial corporations that are listed on the NASDAQ stock market. The weight of each stock in the index is defined by its market capitalization, which means that the bigger the market capitalisation of a certain component, the greater its effect on the index.

While the index does not comprised only of technology businesses, investors frequently used it to assess the performance of the largest technology companies in the United States, since they account for a sizable portion of it.

How is the NASDAQ 100 determined?

The NASDAQ 100 is made up of 102 shares. This is because some businesses have two share classes, such as Alphabet, which has Class A and Class C shares in the index.

The market capitalization of its members is used to generate the index. The index value is computed by multiplying the latest selling price of each security by the aggregate value of the index share weights of each index security, then dividing by an index divisor. No corporation, however, can have more than a 24 percent weighting in the index.

A number used to determine the nominal value of a price-weighted stock market index is known as an index divisor.

What are the trading hours for the NASDAQ 100?

The following are the NASDAQ trading hours:

Opens at 9:30 a.m. (ET)
Closes at 4:00 p.m. (ET)
Pre-market trading hours are from 4:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (ET), while after-hours trading is from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (ET).

What industries are included in the NASDAQ 100?

The NASDAQ 100 is largely dominated by the technology sector, which accounts for about 60% of the index, as seen in the graph below. Purchasing the index is therefore frequently regarded as a wager on the US technology sector.

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The NASDAQ 100 stock price

The NASDAQ 100‘s all-time high is now 16,674 points. The low over the past 52 weeks is 11,878 points.

As shown in the graphic below, the index has had a spectacular performance during the last decade.

How can I trade the NASDAQ 100?

Contracts for Difference (CFDs) are one way to trade the NASDAQ 100 in a cost-effective and efficient manner. Brokers often provide a CFD based on the cash index (USTECH) as well as a CFD based on the underlying futures contract (NAS100.fs).

When you trade the index using CFDs, you may speculate on the underlying instrument’s (NASDAQ 100) direction without owning it or any of its members. You will be able to travel both long and short with the use of leverage.

This is especially important during a recession. Most investors want to avoid portfolio reshuffling since the fees may quickly build up and it is extremely difficult to predict the market accurately. As a result, instead of selling a substantial portion of your portfolio when a downturn is expected, you might utilize CFDs to bet on declining prices.

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Whether you should trade cash CFDs (USTECH) or futures CFDs (NAS100.fs) is mostly determined by your trading style. If you only want to maintain holdings for a limited length of time, you may select USTECH due to its modest spreads. However, if you are a long-term trader, you may prefer the NAS100.fs because there are no swap costs.

Aside from the index, MARMARA FX also provides commission-free share CFDs. You may trade significant NASDAQ 100 elements such as Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft for a low cost.

How do I invest in the NASDAQ 100?

The most common way to invest in the NASDAQ 100 index is through Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). It is less expensive than purchasing individual shares, and it is rebalanced on a regular basis.

Because the NASDAQ 100 is a popular commodity, there are several ETFs available. Aside from traditional ETFs that track the index (such as Invesco’s QQQ), there are also leveraged ETFs and ETFs that allow you to gamble against the index (i.e. short the NASDAQ 100). Invesco QQQ, ProShares UltraPro QQQ, and ProShares Ultra QQQ are three of the most popular NASDAQ 100 ETFs.

What factors influence it?

The NASDAQ 100 is impacted by a number of factors that also affect the stock market as a whole. Economic data, interest rates, monetary policy choices, geopolitical events, and natural calamities are all examples of this.

However, because the NASDAQ 100 is heavily weighted in technology and consists nearly exclusively of US-based firms, some variables impact the NASDAQ 100 more than other indexes such as the US2000 or Dow Jones 30.

Earnings releases or corporate news from a heavyweight like Apple or Amazon might have a substantial impact on the broader index.

Furthermore, investors should pay close attention to the stock market’s general risk perception. During “risk-off” times, tech stocks are likely to suffer the most as investors flee riskier stocks in search of safe havens.

What is the average return?

According to a recent NASDAQ analysis, the NASDAQ 100 beat the S&P 500 during a 13-year period, with cumulative total returns almost 2.5 times that of the S&P 500 TR Index.


What does the performance tell us?

Over the last decade, the NASDAQ 100 has outperformed the S&P 500. However, as shown in the chart above, this was accompanied by increased volatility. It is also worth mentioning that the S&P 500 provides more diversity. Not just because it consists of 500 firms rather than 100, but also because the index is not highly dominated by a particular industry, as is the case with the NASDAQ 100.

Despite this, the NASDAQ 100 remains an excellent instrument for following the success of the major technological businesses in the United States. Some investors may decide to buy the index rather than invest in the individual components. The NASDAQ has restrictions in place to prevent a single business from obtaining too much weight in the index, which is beneficial.

What criteria are used to pick the NASDAQ 100 companies?

NASDAQ has numerous eligibility requirements that firms must achieve in order to be included in the NASDAQ 100 index:

Only common equities, ordinary shares, and tracking stocks are eligible for participation.
The stock must be traded on the NASDAQ exchange.
The index can only include non-financial firms.
The stock must have a daily trading volume of at least 200K shares.
The stock must have been actively traded for at least three full calendar months.
The index’s components are chosen by NASDAQ once a year, in December. The index is rebalanced every three months, in March, June, September, and December.

What are the top ten NASDAQ 100 holdings?

The NASDAQ 100 index’s top ten businesses are as follows:

Name Symbol % Assets
Apple Inc AAPL 10.88%
Microsoft Corp MSFT 9.67%
Amazon.com Inc AMZN 8.20%
Facebook Inc A FB 3.96%
Alphabet Inc Class C GOOG 3.88%
Tesla Inc TSLA 3.83%
NVIDIA Corp NVDA 3.58%
Alphabet Inc A GOOGL 3.48%
PayPal Holdings Inc PYPL 2.46%
Adobe Inc ADBE 2.02%
Ticker Company Name
AAPL Apple Inc. Common Stock
ADBE Adobe Inc. Common Stock
ADI Analog Devices, Inc. Common Stock
ADP Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Common Stock
ADSK Autodesk, Inc. Common Stock
AEP American Electric Power Company, Inc. Common Stock
ALGN Align Technology, Inc. Common Stock
AMAT Applied Materials, Inc. Common Stock
AMD Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Common Stock
AMGN Amgen Inc. Common Stock
AMZN Amazon.com, Inc. Common Stock
ANSS ANSYS, Inc. Common Stock
ASML ASML Holding N.V. New York Registry Shares
ATVI Activision Blizzard, Inc. Common Stock
AVGO Broadcom Inc. Common Stock
BIDU Baidu, Inc. ADS
BIIB Biogen Inc. Common Stock
BKNG Booking Holdings Inc. Common Stock
CDNS Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Common Stock
CDW CDW Corporation Common Stock
CERN Cerner Corporation Common Stock
CHKP Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. Ordinary Shares
CHTR Charter Communications, Inc. Class A Common Stock New
CMCSA Comcast Corporation Class A Common Stock
COST Costco Wholesale Corporation Common Stock
CPRT Copart, Inc. (DE) Common Stock
CRWD CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc. Class A Common Stock
CSCO Cisco Systems, Inc. Common Stock (DE)
CSX CSX Corporation Common Stock
CTAS Cintas Corporation Common Stock
CTSH Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation Class A Common Stock
DLTR Dollar Tree Inc. Common Stock
DOCU DocuSign, Inc. Common Stock
DXCM DexCom, Inc. Common Stock
EA Electronic Arts Inc. Common Stock
EBAY eBay Inc. Common Stock
EXC Exelon Corporation Common Stock
FAST Fastenal Company Common Stock
FB Meta Platforms, Inc. Class A Common Stock
FISV Fiserv, Inc. Common Stock
FOX Fox Corporation Class B Common Stock
FOXA Fox Corporation Class A Common Stock
GILD Gilead Sciences, Inc. Common Stock
GOOG Alphabet Inc. Class C Capital Stock
GOOGL Alphabet Inc. Class A Common Stock
HON Honeywell International Inc. Common Stock
IDXX IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. Common Stock
ILMN Illumina, Inc. Common Stock
INCY Incyte Corp. Common Stock
INTC Intel Corporation Common Stock
INTU Intuit Inc. Common Stock
ISRG Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Common Stock
JD JD.com, Inc. American Depositary Shares
KDP Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. Common Stock
KHC The Kraft Heinz Company Common Stock
KLAC KLA Corporation Common Stock
LRCX Lam Research Corporation Common Stock
LULU lululemon athletica inc. Common Stock
MAR Marriott International Class A Common Stock
MCHP Microchip Technology Incorporated Common Stock
MDLZ Mondelez International, Inc. Class A Common Stock
MELI MercadoLibre, Inc. Common Stock
MNST Monster Beverage Corporation
MRNA Moderna, Inc. Common Stock
MRVL Marvell Technology, Inc. Common Stock
MSFT Microsoft Corporation Common Stock
MTCH Match Group, Inc. Common Stock
MU Micron Technology, Inc. Common Stock
NFLX Netflix, Inc. Common Stock
NTES NetEase, Inc. American Depositary Shares
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation Common Stock
NXPI NXP Semiconductors N.V. Common Stock
OKTA Okta, Inc. Class A Common Stock
ORLY O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. Common Stock
PAYX Paychex, Inc. Common Stock
PCAR PACCAR Inc. Common Stock
PDD Pinduoduo Inc. American Depositary Shares
PEP PepsiCo, Inc. Common Stock
PTON Peloton Interactive, Inc. Class A Common Stock
PYPL PayPal Holdings, Inc. Common Stock
QCOM QUALCOMM Incorporated Common Stock
REGN Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Common Stock
ROST Ross Stores, Inc. Common Stock
SBUX Starbucks Corporation Common Stock
SGEN Seagen Inc. Common Stock
SIRI Sirius XM Holdings Inc. Common Stock
SNPS Synopsys, Inc. Common Stock
SPLK Splunk Inc. Common Stock
SWKS Skyworks Solutions, Inc. Common Stock
TCOM Trip.com Group Limited American Depositary Shares
TEAM Atlassian Corporation Plc Class A Ordinary Shares
TMUS T-Mobile US, Inc. Common Stock
TSLA Tesla, Inc. Common Stock
TXN Texas Instruments Incorporated Common Stock
VRSK Verisk Analytics, Inc. Common Stock
VRSN VeriSign, Inc. Common Stock
VRTX Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated Common Stock
WBA Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. Common Stock
WDAY Workday, Inc. Class A Common Stock
XEL Xcel Energy Inc. Common Stock
XLNX Xilinx, Inc. Common Stock
ZM Zoom Video Communications, Inc. Class A Common Stock

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