Pacific Exchange - PCX

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Pacific Exchange - PCX'

An exchange network that coordinates the trading of stock options between both institutional and individual investors. The PCX was one of four U.S. exchanges to trade equity options and the first to develop and implement an electronic trading system. At one time, the PCX had operations in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, but both closed in early 2000 when the PCX partnered with the Archipelago Exchange. ArcaEx later merged with the New York Stock Exchange and PCX transactions are now conducted on the NYSE Arca platform.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Pacific Exchange - PCX'

PCX was originally formed in San Francisco in 1882 as the Stock and Bond Exchange. It officially got its name in 1957 when the San Francisco and Los Angeles stock exchanges merged. For years, the PCX was a mainstay in San Francisco's financial district, but its open outcry system of trading became archaic with the advent of computers and computer trading. It ceased operations in 2005.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Electronic Communication Network ...

    An electronic system that attempts to eliminate the role of a ...
  2. Clearing Member Trade Agreement ...

    An agreement by which an investor may enter derivative trades ...
  3. Institutional Investor

    A non-bank person or organization that trades securities in large ...
  4. Options Clearing Corporation - ...

    An organization that acts as both the issuer and guarantor for ...
  5. Option

    A financial derivative that represents a contract sold by one ...
  6. Regional Stock Exchange

    A place outside of a country's primary financial center where ...
Related Articles
  1. Options & Futures

    Getting To Know The Stock Exchanges

    Here are the answers to all the questions you have about stock exchanges but are too afraid to ask!
  2. Options & Futures

    Options Basics Tutorial

    Discover the world of options, from primary concepts to how options work and why you might use them.
  3. Options & Futures

    Why do option volume quotes differ on different websites?

    Option quotes are different in price and in volume because identical options can trade on more than one market or exchange. Typically, the main options exchanges in the U.S. are the American, ...
  4. Retirement

    Electronic Trading Tutorial

    Learn about the systems that run the market. Topics include market makers, specialists, SuperDOT, ECNs, SOES, Level I, II, and III Access, and more.
  5. Options & Futures

    What are the most common momentum oscillators used in options trading?

    Read about some of the most common technical momentum oscillators that options traders use, and learn why momentum is a critical concept for options trading.
  6. Economics

    Profiting From China's Breakout: The Right Funds

    China's prospects for growth, and for rewarding investments, can't be debated. Here are some worthwhile funds to invest in, and the smart way of doing it.
  7. Options & Futures

    How are Bollinger Bands® used in options trading?

    Use Bollinger Bands to identify volatility changes and place options trades at the right time; profit in bull or bear markets using these strategies.
  8. What's a Multinational Corporation?
    Investing

    What's a Multinational Corporation?

    A multinational corporation is just that – a corporation that operates in multiple nations, with a home office that coordinates global management. Being a multinational corporation is a complicated ...
  9. Trading Strategies

    What are the most common strategies for using the Absolute Breadth Index (ABI)?

    Read about some of the ways in which technical investors use the absolute breadth index to measure whether a market trend is bearish or bullish.
  10. Although several may try to describe the U.S. stock market as “fairly priced,” value-oriented investors recognize the lofty premium for what it is.
    Stock Analysis

    Where Are Foreing Markets Compared To U.S. Stocks?

    Although several may try to describe the U.S. stock market as “fairly priced,” value-oriented investors recognize the lofty premium for what it is.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Santa Claus Rally

    A surge in the price of stocks that often occurs in the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. There are numerous explanations ...
  2. Commodity

    1. A basic good used in commerce that is interchangeable with other commodities of the same type. Commodities are most often ...
  3. Deferred Revenue

    Advance payments or unearned revenue, recorded on the recipient's balance sheet as a liability, until the services have been ...
  4. Multinational Corporation - MNC

    A corporation that has its facilities and other assets in at least one country other than its home country. Such companies ...
  5. SWOT Analysis

    A tool that identifies the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of an organization. Specifically, SWOT is a basic, ...
  6. Simple Interest

    A quick method of calculating the interest charge on a loan. Simple interest is determined by multiplying the interest rate ...
Trading Center