The three major U.S. financial securities markets are:

  • New York Stock Exchange (NYSE): The NYSE is a stock exchange based in New York. In April 2007, the New York Stock Exchange merged with a European stock exchange known as Euronext to form what is currently NYSE Euronext. NYSE Euronext also owns NYSE Arca (formerly the Pacific Exchange).
  • National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System (Nasdaq): The Nasdaq is the largest electronic screen-based market. It currently offers lower listing fees than NYSE.
  • American Stock Exchange (AMEX): Unlike the Nasdaq and NYSE, AMEX focuses on exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Additional Exchanges in the United States

  • Boston Stock Exchange (BSE) - made up of the Boston Equities Exchange (BEX) and the Boston Options Exchange (BOX) and was acquired by Nasdaq in 2007
  • Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE)
  • Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) - owned run by CME Group Inc.
  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) - owned and controlled by CME Group Inc.
  • Chicago Stock Exchange (CHX)
  • International Securities Exchange (ISE) - includes ISE Options Exchange and the ISE Stock Exchange
  • Miami Stock Exchange (MS4X)
  • National Stock Exchange (NSX)
  • Philadelphia Stock Exchange (PHLX)