Dow jones industrial average -the dow jones industrial avareage is an indicator of stock market prices; based on the share values of 30 blue-chip stocks listed on the new york stock exchange.
the russell 2000 index is a small-cap stock market index of the bottom 2,000 stocks in the russell 3000 index.
the nasdaq stock market is the second largest equity market in the us. it is screen-based, with multiple competing market-makers. the nasdaq system is the markets electronic communications facility.
the standard & poors 500 index is usually considered the benchmark for u.s. equity performance. it represents 70% of all u.s. publicly traded companies. part of the indexs popularity is due to its close association with the largest mutual fund in the world, the vanguard 500 index fund, and spiders (amex: spy), the first exchange-traded fund (etf).