September 2, 2016

Market & Economic Data

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  • S&P 500 is a stock market index based on 500 large companies listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ. S&P 500 is one of the most commonly followed equity (stock) indices. It is a market cap weighted index which means the largest companies have more importance. One cannot buy the index, but there are ETFs and mutual funds that mirror the index – SPY is the most popular.  Yahoo! Finance offers daily price index levels since 1950. While the gauge does go back further (reliable data run through 1926), this is the longest freely available source. Additionally, NYU Stern School of Business Professor Aswath Damodaran offers annual total returns (returns including dividends) since 1928.
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average is a stock market index of 30 large publicly owned companies based in the United States.The average is price weighted.
  • The NASDAQ Composite is a stock market index of common stocks listed on the NASDAQ stock market. Along with the Dow and S&P 500, it is one of the three most-followed indices in U.S. stock markets.  The composition of the index is heavily weighted with information technology companies.
  • Recession Watch

    Market Data

    US Data

    The links below are all sourced from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ tremendous FRED database, a hugely expansive source containing thousands of economic data time series.

    Please note: You will need to refresh these links to get the latest data by adjusting the date ranges.All of these data are freely downloadable using the export button and citation instructions are also included.


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