This thread might prove to be a good reference point for those conducting some initial research on US markets.
For example, I often see the NASDAQ Composite Index quoted on news programmes but I also note the NASDAQ-100 index is of interest to traders. NB I'm not referring to index futures here. Maybe it's similar to the XAO v the XJO? Anyone care to comment?
This page from Bigcharts.com has a summary of various indices and symbols but I note that some of the symbols vary from others that I have seen: http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/markets/indexes.asp
For example, Yahoo Finance shows some variance: http://finance.yahoo.com/indices?
I'm trying to pin down the official symbol and the most important and liquid markets for a trader to concentrate on in the US. I will post more info as it comes to hand. Quality is better than quantity here as there is so much info about US markets out there that it's easy to get confused. (Please excuse me if I've made any errors here).
Nasdaq Composite- COMPX
Nasdaq 100- NDX
PS. For general quotes and info, Bloomberg and MSN MoneyCentral have been useful to me so far. http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/ind...=intro_markets