US Stock Market Indices

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Interpretation

The chart above compares the performance of different US stock market indices. All of these indices, except the Dow Jones and (this version of) the S&P 500 are total return indices, which include reinvested dividends. Also, all indices are capitalization-weighted, except the Dow Jones, which is a price-weighted index.
The Dow Jones is a stock index that includes 30 large publicly traded companies based in the United States.
The S&P 500 consists of 500 large US companies.
The Wilshire 5000 is the broadest of all listed indices on this page. It measures the performance of all U.S. equity securities with readily available price data.
The NASDAQ Composite tracks the performance of all common equities listed on the NASDAQ stock market exchange.
The NASDAQ 100 is a subset of the NASDAQ Composite and includes its largest 100 companies.
The Russel 1000 is a subset of the Russel 3000 and includes its largest 1000 companies. Therefore, it's considered a benchmark for big-cap stocks.
The Russel 2000 is also subset of the Russel 3000 and includes its smallest 2000 companies. Therefore, it's considered a benchmark for small-cap stocks.
The Willshire Micro Cap is a subset of the Wilshire 5000 and includes its components ranked below 2500 measured by market capitalization. Therefore it's considered a benchmark for micro-cap stocks.

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