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About Nasdaq

Nasdaq, the world's second-largest stock and securities exchange, is based in New York City and is known for its electronic trading, which attracts tech-oriented businesses. The exchange's stocks are generally volatile, but offer more opportunities for sound investment. Nasdaq is a tech behemoth, attracting major blue-chip companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Tesla, Meta (formerly Facebook), and Starbucks. It also trades listed stocks and many over-the-counter (OTC) stocks. Nasdaq has a history of revolutionary achievements, including being the first to go electronic, launch a website, sell its technology to other exchanges, and use cloud-based services. In 2008, Nasdaq merged with Stockholm-based OMX ABO, forming NASDAQ Inc. The new company offers trading in exchange-traded funds, debt, structured products, derivatives, and commodities.

Nasdaq was designed to operate with automated quotations and has been open to over-the-counter (OTC) trading since its founding. It was the first exchange to facilitate online trading and added automated trading systems. Nasdaq is also a dealer's market, with all trades conducted by market makers who deal directly, providing liquidity and depth while profiting from the difference in the bid-ask spread. 


Nasdaq trading hours are from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Investors can also participate in pre-market and after-hours trading sessions.

The National Stock Exchange (NSE) of India primarily lists Indian companies, whereas Nasdaq, based in the United States, focuses on technology and growth-oriented companies from around the world.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow) tracks 30 large, established US companies, while Nasdaq lists a broader range of companies, with a focus on technology and growth-oriented firms.

The Nasdaq Composite Index is a market-capitalization-weighted index that includes all companies listed on the Nasdaq exchange, providing a broad view of the market's performance.

While the Nifty index representing the NSE of India is not directly dependent on Nasdaq, global market trends, including those from Nasdaq, can influence investor sentiment and impact the performance of Indian stocks and indices like Nifty.

No, shares listed on different exchanges, such as the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and Nasdaq, cannot be directly interchanged. They must be bought and sold separately through brokers with access to those specific markets.

Companies must meet specific financial and regulatory requirements, including minimum public float, total assets, shareholders' equity, and SEC registration, to list their securities on Nasdaq.

Indian investors can invest in Nasdaq-listed stocks through mutual funds that offer exposure to US markets or by directly investing through brokers with access to the Nasdaq exchange.

Nasdaq hosts some of the largest and most influential technology companies globally, contributing to shaping the technology landscape and driving economic growth through its focus on innovation and high-tech firms.

The Nasdaq Composite Index provides investors with a comprehensive view of the performance of the Nasdaq exchange, particularly highlighting the performance of technology and growth-oriented companies.

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