Financial Spread Betting Guide to the Stock Market Indices
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Where to Spread Bet on Indices



You can spread bet on Indices with the following companies:

Stock Market Index
Financial Spreads - Stock Market Index GFT - Stock Market Index IG Index - Stock Market Index InterTrader - Stock Market Index City Index - Stock Market Index ETX Capital - Stock Market Index Capital Spreads - Stock Market Index
FTSE 100 daily (spread size) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Dow Jones daily (spread size) 2 2 2 2 1 2 2
DAX 30 daily (spread size) 1 1 1 1 1 2 1
Indices (min stake) £1 £1 £1 £1 £0.50 £1 £1
Indices (more available) More Index markets available with Financial Spreads? More Index markets available with GFT? More Index markets available with IG Index? More Index markets available with InterTrader? More Index markets available with City Index? More Index markets available with ETX Capital? More Index markets available with Capital Spreads?
  Index spread betting may also be available with other companies - notes.


Index Spread Betting - Stock Market Review




Index Spread Betting - Stock Market Review

Stock Market Spread Betting

 - 25 July 2014

European equities are set to ease on the open, dragged lower by US earnings.

Even though we saw a good day for stock markets in Europe, Wall Street simply bobbed around unchanged.

Early on in the US session, corporate earnings had continued to surprise to the upside, pushing equities higher.

Following this, disappointing new home sales figures raised concerns about weakness in the housing market and highlighted the mixed picture presented by recent economic data.

This meant that the Dow reversed its initial rise to finish flat for the day.

However, after-hours results from Amazon saw US index futures sell off and this will weigh on today's open.


Stock Market Spread Betting

 - 24 July 2014

We are expecting stock markets in Europe to edge lower this morning.

Despite a positive finish yesterday and a surprisingly strong HSBC PMI out of China overnight, sentiment remains cautious.

Equities may have been buoyed by Europe's lack of cohesive action over Russia, but today sees the European Commission debate the tougher economic sanctions that were mentioned at Tuesday's Foreign Ministers meeting.

Expectations are that they will stay true to form and do nothing, but traders are on standby as there is always the possibility that international pressure may spur some surprise action.

The Dow Jones ended slightly lower at 17,088 last night following a sharp fall for Boeing, one of the top constituents.

The aviation stock's weak results were a surprise as the general tone of corporate earnings has been positive, especially in conjunction with signs that inflation has been kept on a short leash.

However, investors are clearly unconvinced as they have pushed the Dow even further down during out-of-hours trading, discarding the better-than-expected results for Chinese manufacturing.


Stock Market Spread Betting

 - 23 July 2014

Most stock market indices are set to take a breather this morning after yesterday's gains.

Despite tough talk and the beating of drums in the run up to the European Union Foreign Ministers meeting, we didn't see anything more than a widening of Russian individuals on the naughty list.

The inability of European Union members to rise above national self interest was taken as a bullish sign by markets as they realised that Europe wouldn't be throwing anything at Russia worth retaliating to; major indices had one of their best days for months.

Having said that, Europe wasn't completely void of backbone, as tier 3 economy crippling sanctions are penned for discussion on Thursday and the door to punitive economic sanctions on the Russian economy still remains ajar.

The odds of such sanctions being imposed is probably pretty low, but while they are still on the agenda traders will have to tread cautiously.

With inflation in the US remaining in check, markets speculated that interest rates will stay low for longer.

At the same time, corporate earnings topped estimates so investors felt confident enough to take on more risk, pushing the Dow Jones 53 points higher to 17,096.


Stock Market Spread Betting

 - 17 July 2014

Cautious cues from Asia are leading European equities lower this morning.

Despite US markets closing with modest gains yesterday, the positive sentiment doesn't seem to be catching.

Given that there's not been anything particularly bearish to trigger the reversal in sentiment, it's quite worrying that the bulls have already run out of steam, especially when we've only recovered a fraction of last week's losses.

This week has seen some positive economic data, good corporate earnings and major central bankers generally sticking to their accommodative approach; if the bulls can't rally on that then you have to wonder about the overall health of the market.

The much awaited US Beige Book report indicated strong consumer spending together with expansion in the manufacturing sector.

At the same time, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said that asset valuations 'are not out of line with historical norms'.

The news encouraged American investors to stay confident so they pushed the Dow Jones to a record close of 17,116, up 43 points for the day.


Stock Market Spread Betting

 - 16 July 2014

With Chinese GDP coming in just above expectations, we are set to see European stocks edge higher on the open.

Traders are breathing more easily as it seems that the wobbles in the Chinese economy are just that, and for now at least investors are content with a stable growth rate from the world's second largest economy.

Despite the positive open, UK spread betting markets are a little more jittery ahead of some key unemployment data.

Yesterday's surprise rise in inflation caused all the hawks to chirp up about an early rate hike.

If today's unemployment data compliments that view point by surprising to the downside, then expect their calls to reach deafening levels.

Mark Carney has always stressed that monetary tightening will be 'driven by the data' so expect market sentiment to be derived from how long or short the dole queues are.

Better-than-expected results for the US banking sector surprised the markets yesterday, triggering a rally led by JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs.

In addition, the economic outlook was aided by resilient retail sales figures.

As a result, the Dow Jones gained another 20 points to close at 17,073, and investors will be interested to read through tonight's Beige Book report for the latest details on the state of the economy.




Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

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Stock Market Spread Betting Analysis



Dow Jones Spread Betting Analysis
28 July 2014 update - The Dow Jones spread betting index closed sharply lower on Friday after Amazon and Visa missed earnings forecast. Friday's decline below the 20 day moving average crossing confirms that a short-term top has been posted and opens the door for additional weakness near-term. The low-range close sets the stage for a steady-to-lower opening on Monday. Stochastics and the RSI are turning neutral-to-bearish signalling that sideways-to-lower prices are possible near-term. If the Dow extends this year's rally into uncharted territory, upside targets will be hard to project.


S+P 500 Spread Betting Analysis
28 July 2014 update - The S+P 500 spread betting index closed lower on Friday as it consolidates some of its recent gains. The low-range close sets the stage for a steady-to-lower opening when Monday's session begins trading. Stochastics and the RSI are turning neutral-to-bearish hinting that a short-term top might be in or is near. Closes below last Friday's low crossing would confirm that a short-term top has been posted. If it extends this year's rally into uncharted territory, upside targets will be hard to project.


Nasdaq Spread Betting Analysis
28 July 2014 update - The Nasdaq spread betting index closed lower due to profit taking on Friday. The high-range close sets the stage for a steady-to-higher opening when Monday's session begins trading. Stochastics and the RSI are turning neutral-to-bearish hinting that a short-term top might be in or is near. Multiple closes below the 20 day moving average crossing are needed to confirm that a short-term top has been posted. If it extends the rally off April's low, monthly resistance crossing is the next upside target.


For the last 5 days of stock market technical analysis also see:

Spread betting and CFD trading carry a high level of risk and you can lose more than your initial deposit so you should ensure spread betting or CFD trading meet your investment objectives and if necessary seek independent advice.

Technical Analysis from PipTrade.



Introduction to Indices Spread Betting



The most popular financial spread betting markets are the Stock Market Indices. These indices represent the combined value of some of the largest companies in the world.

The FTSE 100 Index is the basis for the most popular financial spread betting market in the UK. The FTSE 100 includes the likes of energies companies BP and Shell as well as banks such as HSBC and Barclays.

By financial spread betting on the FTSE 100 to go up or down you are speculating on the aggregate movement of all of the stocks listed in the index. A comprehensive understanding of the financial markets is required owing to the variety of sectors that are often represented.

Having said that, Indices can make exciting trading given the nature of the markets. For example, throughout 2010 the large mining companies and financial institutions have heavily influenced the movement the FTSE 100.

‘Defensive’ pharmaceuticals’ shares such as those of GlaxoSmithKline and Reckitt Benckiser have been less volatile and have therefore had less impact on the FTSE 100.

Some of the most traded indices markets include:
  • FTSE 100: a share index that lists the performance of the top 100 UK listed companies. They are ranked by their market capitalisation. This index is also known in financial spread betting as the UK 100

  • Dow Jones: a share index that reflects the performance of the top 30 US stocks. Also known in financial spread betting as ‘Wall Street’

  • US S+P 500: a share index that defines the broader US stock market, it tracks the performance of the top 500 American firms

  • German DAX 30: a share index of the top 30 German companies in terms of order book volume and market capitalisation

  • French CAC 40: a share index listing of the 40 largest companies on the Euronext Paris, the largest French stock exchange

  • Japanese Nikkei 225: Refers to the price-weighted average of the top 225 firms in the Tokyo Stock Exchange

Financial spread betting on stock market indices allows investors to go either long or short. If, after your research, you feel that the combined value of the companies in the Index will decrease then you can spread bet on the Index to go down. Naturally, you can also spread bet on the Index to go up.

However, financial spread betting on indices is a leveraged form of trading and so whilst this increases your potential upside you can also lose more than your initial stake. This means that you need to be fully aware of the potential benefits and pitfalls before placing any spread bets.

It should also be noted that spread betting on indices is currently tax free*.

If you are looking to trade individual equities, see Spread Betting on Shares.



How to Spread Bet on Indices



As an example, let's assume you are interested in financial spread betting on the FTSE 100, you go on a spread betting site, e.g. Financial Spreads, and see that they are offering the current quote:

FTSE 100 Rolling Daily
: 5447.0 - 5448.0

This is what happens...


Market: FTSE 100 Rolling Daily
The Spread Betting Quote: 5447.0 - 5448.0
This Means That: You can speculate on the FTSE 100 Rolling Daily market going:

  Spread Betting Higher than 5448.0, or
  Spread Betting Lower than 5447.0

This is a Rolling Daily spread betting market meaning that it does not have an expiry date. If you decide not to close your position and the session ends then your position will automatically roll over into the next session.

Note: if a trade is rolled over then you will either be charged or credited for overnight financing based on whether you are speculating on the market to go down or up.

For additional details also see Rolling Spread Bets.
Points Traded: Spread bets on the FTSE 100 market are priced in £x per point.

Where a point is 1 point of the index's price movement.

E.g. if the FTSE 100 moves by 30 points then you would win or lose 30 times your stake.
Stake Size per Unit: You choose your stake per point, e.g. £2 per point, £5 per point, £10 per point, £20 per point etc.
Quick Staking Example: If, as an example, you went with a stake of £3 per point and the FTSE 100 moves 24 points, you would win or lose £3 per point x 24 points = £72.


Spread Betting Example | Taking a Long Position on the FTSE 100



Financial spread betting on the index to go higher

You Decide to Buy or Sell: The FTSE 100 to push:

  Spread Betting Higher than 5448.0? or
  Spread Betting Lower than 5447.0?

Let’s Assume You Decide to Buy:   Spread Betting Higher than 5448.0
You Choose Your Stake Size, Choosing: £2 per point
Now What?
  • You gain £2 for every point the FTSE 100 goes higher than 5448.0
  • You make a loss of £2 for each point the FTSE 100 falls lower than 5448.0
When Speculating on a Market to Go Up Your P&L = (Closing Value - Opening Value) x stake per point
 
Scenario 1 The FTSE 100 climbs and the spread betting market adjusts and moves to 5494.3 - 5495.3.
Close and Take a Profit? You could opt to leave your spread bet open or close it and take a profit. In this instance you decide to close your trade by selling at 5494.3.
Your P&L = (Closing Value - Opening Value) x stake per point
(5494.3 - 5448.0) x £2 per point
46.3 points x £2 per point
Your P&L = £92.60 profit
 
Scenario 2 The FTSE 100 falls and the spread betting market drops to 5407.1 - 5408.1.
Close and Restrict the Loss? At this point, you may choose to keep your spread bet open or close it, i.e. close your position and limit your loss. For this example, you choose to close your FTSE 100 spread bet by selling the market at 5407.1.
Your P&L = (Closing Value - Opening Value) x stake per point
(5407.1 - 5448.0) x £2 per point
-40.9 points x £2 per point
Your P&L = -£81.80 loss


Worked Spread Betting Example | Taking a Bearish View of the FTSE 100



Spread betting on the index to decrease

You Now Select Whether to Buy or Sell: The FTSE 100 moving:

  Spread Betting Higher than 5448.0? or
  Spread Betting Lower than 5447.0?

You Might Decide to Go Short:  Spread Betting Lower than 5447.0
You Select Your Stake Size, Let's Assume You Choose: £3 per point
So What Happens Next?
  • You make a loss of £3 for each point the FTSE 100 pushes above 5447.0
  • You gain £3 for each point the FTSE 100 falls lower than 5447.0
If You Are Selling a Market Your P&L = (Opening Value - Closing Value) x stake per point
 
Scenario 3 The FTSE 100 slips and the financial spread betting market moves to 5404.3 - 5405.3.
Close for a Profit? You may choose to let your trade run or close it in order to take your profit. In this example you choose to close your FTSE 100 position and buy at 5405.3.
Your P&L = (Opening Value - Closing Value) x stake per point
(5447.0 - 5405.3) x £3 per point
41.7 points x £3 per point
Your P&L = £125.10 profit
 
Scenario 4 The FTSE 100 climbs and the spread trading market is revised and changes to 5482.8 - 5483.8.
Restrict Your Loss?You could decide to leave your position open or close it, i.e. close your spread bet and limit your loss. In this example you decide to close your position on the FTSE 100 by buying at 5483.8.
Your P&L = (Opening Value - Closing Value) x stake per point
(5447.0 - 5483.8) x £3 per point
-36.8 points x £3 per point
Your P&L = -£110.40 loss


FTSE 100 Notes:



Stock Market Index Spread Betting Guides



Below we have individual trading guides with worked trading examples for each market:


European Stock Market Indices
American Stock Market Indices Other Global Stock Market Indices

Where to Trade Indices Tax Free*



You can speculate on Indices tax free* with the following spread betting companies:
Spread betting on indices is one of the most popular forms of trading. Indices themselves are the most traded markets in the world.

With this in mind, City Index currently† offers 1 point spreads on four major spread betting indices - the UK 100, Wall Street, Germany 30 and France 40 during market hours - which makes them worth looking at when if you are new to spread betting and CFD trading.

As with all markets, it is best to know exactly what it is you are spread betting on. So what are indices?

Indices are the cumulative value of a set of stocks. The stocks are generally based on the largest publicly-traded companies within their respective countries. When spread betting on indices, you are investing in the index as a whole.

As they are made up of the largest companies, the indices are very closely tied to the national economy. This means you are able to revise and update your spread betting strategy with global economic and financial events.

The indices which City Index offers 1 point spreads are:


UK 100 (aka FTSE 100)



The share index of the UK's 100 highest stocks. As London is the financial centre of Europe, the UK 100 is Europe's most important index.

The UK 100 represents around 80% of the London Stock Exchange's market capital. All companies listed on the UK 100 must include PLC in their name, indicating they are public limited companies. Trading hours are from 08:00 to 16:30 GMT.

Also see FTSE 100 Spread Betting.


Wall Street (aka Dow Jones)



The Wall Street index is based on 30 large publicly owned companies.

Unlike the UK 100, it is always the same 30 companies in the index, which is something to bear in mind when formulating your spread betting strategy. Market trading opens at 14:30 and closes at 21:00 GMT, during which time you can take advantage of City Index's 1 point spreads.

Also see Wall St Spread Betting.


Germany 30 (aka DAX 30)



The Germany 30 is measured by the performance of the 30 largest German companies, based on order book volume and market capitalisation.

The companies featured in the Germany 30 are decided on quarterly review. The market hours fall between 08:00 and 14:30 GMT.

Also see DAX 30 Spread Betting.


France 40 (aka CAC 40)



As with the Germany 30, the companies listed on the France 40 are included based on quarterly review.

At each review, the companies listed on Euronext Paris are ranked by the previous 12 months' performance and forty are chosen for inclusion. The market hours are between 07:00 and 17:15 GMT.

Also see CAC 40 Spread Betting.


Whichever index you choose to spread bet on, be sure to know the risks involved. City Index offers a range of seminars and guides to increase your knowledge of spread betting and risk management.

† spreads correct as of 19 Jan 2011.


Risk Notice

Stock Market Spread Betting - edited by Maxine Price, 25 July 2014.


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