The Nasdaq and the NYSE are stock exchanges that trade securities. Nasdaq stands for National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation and NYSE stands for New York Stock Exchange. (For more information about this topic, read our related article The Tale of Two Exchanges: NYSE and Nasdaq.)

Like any public company, these stock exchanges issue shares for investors to buy. The NYSE is owned by NYSE EuroNext Inc. and issues shares under the ticker symbol (NYSE: NYX). The Nasdaq is owned by Nasdaq OMX Group Inc.and its shares trade under the ticker symbol (Nasdaq: NDAQ).

As with the decision to invest in any company, research into the future profitability of the business must be undertaken. An investor would want to examine fundamental and technical characteristics before calling a broker and placing an order. (To learn how to explore stock values, see The Guide to Stock Picking Strategies or Blending Technical and Fundamental Analysis.)

  1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of listing on the Nasdaq versus other stock ...

    Discover some of the primary advantages and disadvantages that exist for companies listed on the Nasdaq exchange rather than ... Read Answer >>
  2. Why is the Nasdaq more volatile than the NYSE?

    Learn about the stocks that are traded on the Nasdaq stock exchange, and discover the Nasdaq's relative volatility level ... Read Answer >>
  3. What are all of the securities markets in the U.S.A?

    There are three major U.S. financial securities markets which are: New York Stock Exchange (NYSE): NYSE is a stock exchange ... Read Answer >>
  4. How does a company move from an OTC market to a major exchange?

    The over-the-counter market is not an actual exchange like the NYSE or Nasdaq. Instead, it is a network of companies that ... Read Answer >>
  5. What does it mean when my broker says that shares are for auction?

    An auction market is one in which stock buyers enter competitive bids and stock sellers enter competitive offers at the same ... Read Answer >>
  6. Where can I find all of the stocks in the Nasdaq Composite Index?

    Few stock market indices are as misunderstood as the Nasdaq Composite Index. Due to the burst of the dotcom bubble in 20 ... Read Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Insights

    Understanding NASDAQ

    NASDAQ is an acronym that stands for the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation system.
  2. Insights

    The NYSE and Nasdaq: How They Work

    Learn some of the important differences in the way these exchanges operate and the securities that trade on them.
  3. Investing

    Why Do Companies Choose NASDAQ for Their IPO?

    The NYSE is known for its prestige so why do some companies opt to list on the NASDAQ instead?
  4. Insights

    How The NYSE Makes Money

    We examine how the New York Stock Exchange, the leading US stock exchange, makes money.
  5. Insights

    How Nasdaq Makes Money

    NASDAQ provides a marketplace which offers money-making opportunities to investors. Investopedia explains how NASDAQ makes money.
  6. Insights

    The Birth Of Stock Exchanges

    Learn how British coffeehouses helped give rise to the juggernaut that is the NYSE.
  7. Investing

    NYSE Glitch Halts Trading in 199 Tickers (ICE)

    A technical glitch described as a "critical issue" has halted trading in 199 tickers on the New York Stock Exchange.
  8. Insights

    Learn About the New York Stock Exchange

    The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is nicknamed the “Big Board,” and for good reason. It’s the largest, oldest and best-known stock exchange in the world.
  9. Investing

    Who Owns The Stock Exchanges?

    As M&A heats up among the exchanges, here's how the market currently looks.
  10. Investing

    Nasdaq Stock Trades Ex-Dividend Wednesday (NDAQ)

    Nasdaq will send its dividend payment on June 24 to shareholders of record as of June 10.
  1. New York Stock Exchange - NYSE

    A stock exchange based in New York City, which is considered ...
  2. Member

    1. In the most general context, a brokerage firm (or broker) ...
  3. Nasdaq

    A global electronic marketplace for buying and selling securities, ...
  4. Nasdaq Intermarket

    An electronic marketplace where National Association of Securities ...
  5. Big Board

    A nickname for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), located at ...
  6. Listed Security

    A financial instrument that is traded through an exchange, such ...
Hot Definitions
  1. Racketeering

    A fraudulent service built to serve a problem that wouldn't otherwise exist without the influence of the enterprise offering ...
  2. Federal Debt

    The total amount of money that the United States federal government owes to creditors. The government's creditors include ...
  3. Passive Management

    A style of management associated with mutual and exchange-traded funds (ETF) where a fund's portfolio mirrors a market index. ...
  4. Series 7

    A general securities registered representative license administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) ...
  5. Compound Interest

    Compound Interest is interest calculated on the initial principal and also on the accumulated interest of previous periods ...
  6. Expatriation Tax

    An expatriation tax is a tax on someone who renounces their citizenship. In the United States, the expatriation tax provisions ...
Trading Center