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Heavy in Technology with High Growth Potential and Some Risks

The NASDAQ-100 is an index of the stock market of 100 largest non-monetary companies included in the NASDAQ list. It is a capitalization-weight index which is modified. Thus, the market capitalization of the company will be the basis of their index weights. Financial companies are not included but companies outside US are. These Nasdaq 100 Stocks Averagefactors separate it from Dow Jones Industrial Average. Furthermore, leaving out financial companies differentiate it from S&P 500 Index. NDX or Nasdaq-100 funded by Invesco. The trades of the NDX are under the NASDAQ: QQQQ but became under American Stock Exchange catering for the four Q code or also known as Cubes. This index is an average weight in terms of capitalization.

The index’s balance is reviewed annually and makes the necessary changes such as re-ranking and reviewing on index’s components. The companies are reviewed in the aspects of share prices and share totals. The first 100 in the list is reviewed thoroughly. Moreover, there are also some strict standards with the next 25 companies following the first 100. The 25 companies following the top 100 should belong to the top 100 of the previous year in order to retain their ranks. If they do not belong to the previous year’s top 100, the companies are dropped and are replaced. The other standards and requirements should also be maintained to avoid being dropped. These changes in the companies and market composition can cause alterations in the stock prices. The alterations are made public through press conferences, announcements and the like. An annual publicity made every December 10 is also done to announce the annual changes in ranks and balancing. The rebalancing should be done only due to some instances. If there is a company with 24% worth in the index, the index should be rebalanced. Moreover, the index should also be rebalanced if 4.5% worth rated companies compromise the 48% of the index. These standards will allow the index list to be diversified and be composed of different companies, which are capable and credible enough.

NASDAQ 100 Sectors Weighting

  • Technology                  55.19%

  • Consumer Services   19.70%

  • Health Care                 13.58%

  • Industrials                     5.99%

  • Consumer Goods        2.56%

  • Telecommunications   2.40%

  • Basic Materials            0.34%

  • Oil and Gas                   0.24%

  • Companies that are included in NASDAQ are not just any company existing in the American stock market. There are requirements that a company must have to be included in the said index list. The first requirement is that the company is far from bankruptcy measures. This would give the committee of the NASDAQ an impression of credibility and foundation. 200,000 average daily volume sales are also required from the NASDAQ along with the company’s capability to update annual and quarterly reports accurately. And lastly, the company must belong to the Global Market Tiers or Global Select. It must be registered not less than two years and show that it meets standards on market capitalization.

    Companies must Maintain Standards to stay listed in The Nasdaq 100

    The companies that are included in the NASDAQ list can change from time to time. This is due to the fact that some companies may not be able to maintain the standards required of the companies. The companies may have been bankrupted, merged with other companies or transferred to another exchange. The companies will be taken out from the list and a new company will replace the said delisted company.

    A Company wll be Delisted from the Index:

    • If the company U.S. listing is changed to any other market than the Nasdaq National Market
    • If the security issuer is in any form of bankruptcy proceedings.
    • If the stock average daily trading volume falls below 200,000 shares
    • If the company becomes organized under the laws of a jurisdiction outside the U.S.(there are some exclusions to this based on options markets availability)

    • If the companies adjusted market capitalization falls below 0.10% of the total adjusted market capitalization of the entire Index.
    • If the company has an annual financial statement with an audit opinion that is withdrawn.

    Listing and Instant Quotes for all NASDAQ-100 Companies

    Activision Blizzard, Inc ATVI
    Adobe Systems Incorporated ADBE
    Akamai Technologies, Inc. AKAM
    Altera Corporation ALTR, Inc. AMZN
    Amgen Inc. AMGN
    Apollo Group, Inc. APOL
    Apple Inc. AAPL
    Applied Materials, Inc. AMAT
    Autodesk, Inc. ADSK
    Automatic Data Processing, Inc. ADP
    Baidu, Inc. BIDU
    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. BBBY
    Biogen Idec Inc BIIB
    BMC Software, Inc. BMC
    Broadcom Corporation BRCM
    C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. CHRW
    CA Inc. CA
    Celgene Corporation CELG
    Cephalon, Inc. CEPH
    Cerner Corporation CERN
    Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. CHKP
    Cisco Systems, Inc. CSCO
    Citrix Systems, Inc. CTXS
    Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation CTSH
    Comcast Corporation CMCSA
    Costco Wholesale Corporation COST International, Ltd. CTRP
    Dell Inc. DELL
    DENTSPLY International Inc. XRAY
    Dollar Tree, Inc. DLTR
    eBay Inc. EBAY
    Electronic Arts Inc. ERTS
    Expedia, Inc. EXPE
    Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. EXPD
    Express Scripts, Inc. ESRX
    F5 Networks, Inc. FFIV
    Fastenal Company FAST
    First Solar, Inc. FSLR
    Fiserv, Inc. FISV
    Flextronics International Ltd. FLEX
    FLIR Systems, Inc. FLIR
    armin Ltd. GRMN
    Genzyme Corporation GENZ
    Gilead Sciences, Inc. GILD
    Google Inc. GOOG
    Henry Schein, Inc. HSIC
    Illumina, Inc. ILMN
    Infosys Technologies Limited INFY
    Intel Corporation INTC
    Intuit Inc. INTU
    Intuitive Surgical, Inc. ISRG
    Joy Global Inc. JOYG
    KLA-Tencor Corporation KLAC
    Lam Research Corporation LRCX
    Liberty Media Corporation LINTA
    Life Technologies Corporation LIFE
    Linear Technology Corporation LLTC
    Marvell Technology Group, Ltd./td> MRVL
    Mattel, Inc. MAT
    Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. MXIM
    Microchip Technology Incorporated MCHP
    Micron Technology, Inc. MU
    Microsoft Corporation MSFT
    Millicom International Cellular S.A. MICC
    Mylan Inc. MYL
    NetApp, Inc. NTAP
    Netflix, Inc. NFLX
    News Corporation NWSA
    NII Holdings, Inc. NIHD
    NVIDIA Corporation NVDA
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. ORLY
    Oracle Corporation ORCL
    Paychex, Inc. PAYX Incorporated PCLN
    Qiagen N.V. QGEN
    QUALCOMM Incorporated QCOM
    Research in Motion Limited RIMM
    Ross Stores, Inc. ROST
    SanDisk Corporation SNDK
    Seagate Technology. STX
    Sears Holdings Corporation SHLD
    Sigma-Aldrich Corporation SIAL
    Staples, Inc. SPLS
    Starbucks Corporation SBUX
    Stericycle, Inc. SRCL
    Symantec Corporation SYMC
    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited TEVA
    Urban Outfitters, Inc. URBN
    VeriSign, Inc. VRSN
    Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated VRTX
    Virgin Media Inc. VMED
    Vodafone Group Plc VOD
    Warner Chilcott plc WCRX
    Whole Foods Market, Inc. WFMI
    Wynn Resorts, Limited WYNN
    Xilinx, Inc. XLNX
    Yahoo! Inc. YHOO