What is US S&P 500?

S&P 500, also known as Standard and Poor’s 500, is widely considered as the best single instrument of large U.S. equities. S&P 500 is also seen as a reflection of the performance of the large cap universe, in which economists select companies. Standard and Poor’s 500 is a capitalization-weighed index of the top 500 U.S stocks. The stocks in S&P 500 are some of the largest stocks in United States, many of which are blue-chip companies in United States.


A little History


Standard and Poor’s is the world’s leading index provider and provides a foremost source of credit ratings. S&P have been assisting decision markers for over 150 years. They are known to investors from all over the world for offering some of the best investable and benchmark indices.


This high performance index consists of over 7.8 trillion dollars. S&P 500 list of companies is checked and rebalanced four time a year, assuring that S&P 500 eligibility criteria are met. Having contained some of the most profitable shares in the United Stated, this influential index has excellent potential for successful CFD trading.


Being considered as one of the best American indices to trade, S&P 500 is recognized as a barometer of the stock market of the country, due to its numerous benefits for traders and investors. One of the many benefits of trading indices, and in specific, the S&P 500, is the exposure to the number of high performing American stocks that can be traded through CFD’s. Another factor that should be looked at when choosing the best index to trade is its liquidity. 


For successful CFD trading, PCM International offers access to accurate real-time S&P 500 forecasts, charts and updated news on American economics events. Traders can seek profit from the fluctuations that are provided by the news based on the economic events of the U.S. With PCM International, traders are able to benefit from professional trading platforms that enable them to use advanced CFD trading strategies. In addition, trading Standard and Poor’s through PCM International allows you to leverage your exposure to market movements for maximum profit.


A key factor of trading CFD’s successfully is being educated about potentially profitable trading opportunities and knowing it’s in-depth specifications and benefits. The table below is provided for further details about the index.


Contract Specifications for US S&P 500

Contract Parameters
Class Equity Index (stock market index)
Symbol S&P
Description Index representing 500 top U.S. and International stocks
Standard Tradable Quantity (also called a LOT) 10 S&P contracts
Minimum Tradable Quantity (the fraction of lot available to trade) 1 S&P 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: 1923.2 changes to 1923.3 at least)


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