Stock exchange

Mondo Visione  2 hrs ago  Comment 
The total value of shares traded for the week ending 01 October 2015 amounted to SAR 15.72 billion, decreasing by 35.32% over the previous week; while total stock market capitalization reached SAR 1,653.93 billion at the end of this period,...
Mondo Visione  Oct 4  Comment 
The Saudi Stock Exchange announces that the number of free floated shares for all companies have been revised for the 3rd quarter 2015 (01/10/2015). The revised number of free floated shares per company is used in the calculation of Tadawul...
The Economic Times  Oct 2  Comment 
The board of the exchange, earlier known as MCX-SX, would be meeting next week to appoint the successor to Sarkar.
Mondo Visione  Oct 1  Comment 
MIAX Options Exchange (MIAX®) today announced that it ranked #1 in time at the National Best Bid/Offer (NBBO) among all U.S. Equity Options Exchanges for the month of August and over 20 million contracts were executed on MIAX in September. The...
Mondo Visione  Oct 1  Comment 
Click here to download the comprehensive monthly statistics of the Ljubljana Stock Exchange for September 2015.
Mondo Visione  Sep 28  Comment 
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The Times of India  Sep 28  Comment 
As its regulatory ambit widened with FMC's merger, capital markets watchdog Sebi today said it will put in place a new mechanism for entities desiring to operate in both equities and commodities segments.
Mondo Visione  Sep 23  Comment 
In line with the Royal decree to extend Eid Al-Adha holiday across all government sectors, the Saudi Stock Exchange would like to announce that Eid Al-Adha holiday has been extended to include Monday 28th September and that Trading will resume...
Mondo Visione  Sep 20  Comment 
Reference to the Saudi Stock Exchange previous announcement dated 15 September 2015 related to the enhancements of the Order Maintenance session, the  Saudi Stock Exchange would like to inform all its valued stakeholders that  they have...
Mondo Visione  Sep 17  Comment 
A French delegation today visited Qatar Stock Exchange and met with the CEO and other Qatari Directors. The delegation consisted of H.E Mr. Eric Chevallier, Ambassador of France to the State of Qatar, Ms. Agathe Demarais, the Economic Advisor on...


Stock exchange

A stock exchange is an institution, organization or association that serves as a market for trading financial instruments such as stocks, bonds and their related derivatives. Most modern stock exchanges, like NYSE Euronext, have both a trading floor and an electronic trading system.

Increasingly, exchange owners and operators are getting themselves listed on their own exchanges and have become private companies just like any other company. This is the case with companies like NYSE Euronext, Deutsche Boerse AG and the NASDAQ OMX Group. These companies have evolved into international groups operating on different continents and gathering multiple activities like traditional stock markets, derivatives markets and commodities markets.

Stock exchanges have a vital function in modern economies as places where investors and companies can meet and exchange capitals. They offer standardized instruments which are traded with transparency contrary to what happens in OTC transactions. They display prices and volumes for every products they trade.

In the 80's and 90's with the development of computer technologies, stock exchanges have been dematerialized and most of the transactions now happen electronically though some exchanges have kept floor trading activities like the NYSE. Euronext has adopted a fully electronic system.

Traditional stock exchanges have met increasing competition from fully electronic platforms. Electronic trading has reduced the cost of entry into the market and several new exchanges have recently developed.


The first stock exchanges date back to the Middle Age in Europe with debt trading between merchants. However the first stock trading can be found in the 17th century with the creation of various companies to explore European colonies such as the Dutch East India Company. Historically stocks and bonds were traded in a physical place or building with traders gathering on the floor and exchanging financial titles by hand.

14c Stocks were instruments of punishment. [1] The original Stock Market was a fish and meat market in the City of London on or near the later site of Mansion House, so called perhaps because it occupied the site of a former stocks. 1809 Place where securities are bought and sold. Stock + market. [2]

12c Markets were a place to meet at a fixed time for buying and selling livestock and provisions, to trade, deal in, buy, wares, merchandise, public building or space where markets are held" first attested mid-13c. Sense of "sales, as controlled by supply and demand" is from 1680s, market research is from 1926. [3]

See also List of Stock Exchanges

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