New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is one of the largest stock exchanges in the world in terms of volume. The market first opened on Wall Street in 1792, at which time it listed just five companies. The NYSE merged with multinational stock exchange Euronext in 2007, and with the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) in 2008. It was acquired by the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) in 2012.

The NYSE hosts a physical trading floor on Wall Street, New York, where brokers trade on behalf of clients. Around 2800 companies list on the NYSE, with a significant number of non-U.S. companies represented. Securities traded on the NYSE include equities, options, bonds and (via the NYSE Arca exchange) exchange-traded funds (ETFs). More than 160 financial services providers, including Credit Suisse and UBS, hold seats at the NYSE.

NYSE listings play key roles in some of the most important economic indexes including the S&P 500, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the NYSE US 100 Index. These indexes in turn have a major impact on financial markets around the world.

Trading hours: Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (UTC-5)
Settlement cycle: T+3

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