Definitions for "S&P 500 INDEX"
Keywords:  poor, dow, nyse, broader, reinvested
A broad-based measurement of changes in stock market conditions based on the average performance of 500 widely held common stocks. Performance figures assume that all dividends are reinvested.
A share index measuring price changes in 500 securities quoted on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE); 400 company stocks, 40 financial, 20 transportation and 40 public utility issues are included, each weighted in accordance with the number of stocks at issue.
The Standard & Poors 500 Index consists of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity, and industry group representation. It is a market value weighted index (stock price times number of shares outstanding), with each stock's weight in the Index proportionate to its market value. The "500" is one of the most widely used benchmarks of U.S. equity performance.