The Nasdaq Composite Index is a large market cap-weighted index of more than 2,500 stocks, American depositary receipts (ADRs) and real estate investm...The Nasdaq Composite Index is a large market cap-weighted index of more than 2,500 stocks, American depositary receipts (ADRs) and real estate investment trusts (REITs), among others. It comprises 2,500 common equities listed on Nasdaq. The index includes all Nasdaq-listed stocks that are not derivatives, preferred shares, funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) or debenture securities.The index was launched in 1971, with a starting value of 100. Over the years, the index has soared tremendously even as it witnessed multiple periods of decline.To be eligible for inclusion in Nasdaq Composite Index, the security's US listing must be exclusively on Nasdaq Stock Market (unless the security was dually listed on another US market prior to January 1, 2004, and has continuously maintained such listing).Closed-end funds, convertible debentures, exchange-traded funds, preferred stocks, rights, warrants, units and other derivative securities are ineligible for inclusion in the index.The industry weights of the Nasdaq Composite Index's individual securities are tilted heavily in favour of technology. As of March 2020, the weightage are: technology at 48.39 per cent, consumer services at 19.43 per cent, health care at 10.21 per cent, financials at 7.21 per cent, industrials at 6.85 per cent, consumer goods at 5.51 per cent, utilities at 0.81 per cent, telecommunications at 0.72 per cent, oil and gas at 0.55 per cent and basic materials at 0.32 per cent.
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