What is Nasdaq 100?

Nasdaq-100 is a predominantly technology derived index which was launched on January 31st, 1985. As one of the highest performing U.S indices, Nasdaq-100 is made up of the 100 biggest companies listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market. All being non-financial companies domestic and international companies, companies in Nasdaq-100 are rebalanced four times a year to ensure Nasdaq-100 eligibility criteria is met. Some of the most known companies in the index include Google, Microsoft and Apple. It should be kept in mind, however, that although this is one of the technology driven indices, NSD100 exposes traders to a broad range of industries. Popular non-technological companies in the index include Expedia, Amazon and Marriot International.


Market-value-weighted indices, like Nasdaq-100, calculate their components based on the total market value of their outstanding shares. One of the advantages of cap-weighted indices is their high performance in momentum-driven markets. With their tilt towards larger companies, these indices give traders the key to achieving very large amounts of profit.


Companies on the Nasdaq-100 must pass certain criteria for inclusion in the index. As far as Nasdaq-100 liquidity goes, each company must have at least 200 thousand shares traded daily based on a 3-month average. Security types are an important part of this index's eligibility criteria. The security types eligible for this index include ADR’s, tracking stocks, ordinary shares and common stocks.


At PCM International, we understand that trading Forex and indices professionally consists of being educated and well informed on the details of the trading instrument at hand. Thus, we provide traders with the necessary tool, news and information necessary for profiting from index trading. PCM International allows easy access to live Nasdaq-100 charts and forecasts, as well as updated news on economic events that affect Nasdaq-100 prices. With us, traders are also able to benefit from professional trading platforms that enable them to use advanced CFD trading strategies.


Trading hours for NASDAQ 100 on New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ are 09:30 am to 04:00 pm (EST) Monday to Friday. However, NSD100 can be traded on our platform on the following extended hours:

12:00 am to 10:00 pm (Central European Summer Time) Monday to Friday.
10:00 pm to 08:00 pm (Greenwich Mean Time) Sunday to Friday.


The table below is provided for further details about the Nasdaq 100 index.

Contract Specifications for US Tech 100

Contract Parameters
Class Equity Index (stock market index)
Symbol NSD100m
Description Index representing 100 top U.S. and International stocks
Standard Tradable Quantity (also called a LOT) 1 NSD100m contracts
Minimum Tradable Quantity (the fraction of lot available to trade) 1 NSD100m contract
Base Currency (Currency used for margin, P&L and other calculations) United States Dollars
Tick Size (The least incremental change in the price of the index) 0.1 (example: 3735.4 changes to 3735.5 at least)

List of stocks

Symbol Name
AAPL Apple Inc.
ADBE Adobe Systems Inc.
ADP Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
ADSK Autodesk, Inc.
AKAM Akamai Technologies, Inc.
ALTR Altera Corp.
ALXN Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
AMAT Applied Materials, Inc.
AMGN Amgen Inc.
AMZN Amazon.com Inc.
APOL Apollo Group Inc.
ATVI Activision Blizzard, Inc.
AVGO Avago Technologies Limited
BBBY Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.
BIDU Baidu, Inc.
BIIB Biogen Idec Inc.
BMC BMC Software Inc.
BRCM Broadcom Corp.
CA CA Technologies
CELG Celgene Corporation
CERN Cerner Corporation
CHKP Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
CHRW CH Robinson Worldwide Inc.
CMCSA Comcast Corporation
COST Costco Wholesale Corporation
CSCO Cisco Systems, Inc.
CTSH Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation
CTXS Citrix Systems, Inc.
DELL Dell Inc.
DLTR Dollar Tree, Inc.
EA Electronic Arts Inc.
EBAY eBay Inc.
ESRX Express Scripts Holding Company
EXPD Expeditors International of Washington Inc.
EXPE Expedia Inc.
FAST Fastenal Company
FB Facebook, Inc.
FFIV F5 Networks, Inc.
FISV Fiserv, Inc.
FLEX Flextronics International Ltd.
FOSL Fossil, Inc.
GILD Gilead Sciences Inc.
GMCR Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.
GOLD Randgold Resources Limited
GOOG Google Inc.
GRMN Garmin Ltd.
HSIC Henry Schein, Inc.
INTC Intel Corporation
INTU Intuit Inc.
Symbol Name
ISRG Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
KLAC KLA-Tencor Corporation
LIFE Life Technologies Corporation
LINTA Liberty Interactive Corporation
LLTC Linear Technology Corporation
LRCX Lam Research Corporation
MAT Mattel, Inc.
MCHP Microchip Technology Inc.
MDLZ Mondelez International, Inc.
MNST Monster Beverage Corporation
MRVL Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
MSFT Microsoft Corporation
MU Micron Technology Inc.
MXIM Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
MYL Mylan, Inc.
NFLX Netflix, Inc.
NTAP NetApp, Inc.
NUAN Nuance Communications, Inc.
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation
NWSA News Corp.
ORCL Oracle Corporation
ORLY O'Reilly Automotive Inc.
PAYX Paychex, Inc.
PCLN priceline.com Incorporated
PRGO Perrigo Co.
QCOM QUALCOMM Incorporated
RIMM BlackBerry
ROST Ross Stores Inc.
SBUX Starbucks Corporation
SHLD Sears Holdings Corporation
SIAL Sigma-Aldrich Corporation
SNDK SanDisk Corp.
SPLS Staples, Inc.
SRCL Stericycle, Inc.
STX Seagate Technology Public Limited Company
SYMC Symantec Corporation
TXN Texas Instruments Inc.
VIAB Viacom, Inc.
VMED Virgin Media, Inc.
VOD Vodafone Group Public Limited Company
VRSN VeriSign, Inc.
VRTX Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
WCRX Warner Chilcott plc
WFM Whole Foods Market, Inc.
WYNN Wynn Resorts Ltd.
XLNX Xilinx Inc.
XRAY DENTSPLY International Inc.
YHOO Yahoo! Inc.