Primary Exchange

In trading, the term primary exchange refers to the stock exchange which hosts a specific company’s primary listing.

A company’s stock may be listed on one or more additional exchanges (secondary listings) in addition to its primary exchange.

The term is sometimes used to describe a country’s main securities exchange or an exchange on which the majority of a country’s high market capitalization companies hold primary listings.

The SIX Swiss Exchange is widely considered to be Switzerland’s primary stock exchange, while the Berne Exchange is generally considered to be Switzerland's secondary stock exchange.

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