What is the S&P 500?

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index is a basket of 500 stocks that are considered to be widely held and selected based upon their market size, liquidity, and sector. The S&P 500 Index is weighted by market value, and its performance is thought to be representative of the stock market as a whole. Most of the companies in the Index are well-established mid cap or large cap corporations. Most experts consider the S&P 500 to be one of the best benchmarks available to judge overall U.S. market performance.


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