The Nasdaq was created by the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) to enable investors to trade securities on a computerized, speedy and transparent system. It was the first electronic stock exchange. The Nasdaq stock market comprises two separate markets: the Nasdaq National Market, and the Nasdaq Smallcap Market. The Nasdaq National Market trades large, active securities and the Nasdaq Smallcap Market trades emerging growth companies. The Nasdaq began operations on February 8, 1971.

NASDAQ (Wikipedia)
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Type Stock exchange
Location New York City, New York, United States
Founded February 4, 1971; 44 years ago (1971-02-04)
Owner NASDAQ OMX Group
Currency United States dollar
No. of listings 3,059 (July 2015)

The NASDAQ Stock Market (Listeni/ˈnæzˌdæk/), commonly known as the NASDAQ (currently stylized as Nasdaq), is an American stock exchange. It is the second-largest exchange in the world by market capitalization, behind only the New York Stock Exchange. The exchange platform is owned by The NASDAQ OMX Group, which also owns the OMX stock market network and several other US stock and options exchanges.

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