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A stock index is a hugely important part of our financial world, but it is nothing more than a number representing the top shares from a particular exchange.
For example, the FTSE 100 represents the largest 100 companies traded on the London Stock Exchange. If, on average, the share price of these companies goes up - then the FTSE 100 will rise with them. And if they fall, it will drop.
You can use the economic calendar to plan trades and future orders, as well as to be alerted about upcoming market events – including national interest rates, inflation levels, trade balances, oil and natural gas stockpiles, monthly jobs reports and more.
The economic calendar can also be accessed via the platform’s main menu.
Economic events are defined as having economic significance to the value of shares, indices, commodities and other financial instruments, and encompass any internal or external occurrence that can affect their performance (primarily, supply and demand).
An economic event can either strengthen, weaken, or have a neutral effect on the instrument or instruments it correlates to.
Foreign currency exchange rates (also known as Forex), are influenced by an array of political and economic factors relating to the difference in value of a currency or economic region, such as the euro (EUR) in relation of another country's or economic region's currency, such as the United States dollar (USD).
The main factors affecting currency exchange rates are the terms of trade, political stability and overall economic performance between the two countries or regions. This also refers to their economic growth (for example GDP growth rate), economic health, interest rates, inflation rates and balance of payments (i.e. exports, imports, and government debt).
The United States Non-Farm Payrolls report (NFP) is an example of a major economic event that is related to Forex. The NFP typically affects the following currency exchange rates: EUR/USD, GBP/USD, and USD/JPY.
A company's stock price typically rises or falls according to changes in its competitive position in the market. Various factors affect the competitive position of a company, including news releases issued by, or in relation to, the company's financial performance, as well as corporate events (dividends, earnings reports, spin-offs, rights issue, etc).
Plus500’s Economic Calendar allows you to filter Corporate Events by Dividends and Earnings Releases within defined and customised time frames.
A quarterly earnings report for Facebook (FB) is an example of a corporate event that affects a stock’s price.
A stock index is a weighted average (or benchmark) of prices for a selected basket of companies listed on a stock market. The value of a stock index is determined according to factors such as place of listing, type of security, market capitalisation and the weightings of constituents. Popular stock market indices from across the world include: UK 100, US-TECH 100, Japan 225 and France 40.
One of the main factors affecting an index CFD is the percentage changes in the value of a stock which forms a significant constituent of that index, and/or the average percentage change of a group of shares in a particular industry, sector or category. Investors' overall confidence and expected economic growth of a country's stock market may also influence the price of its indices.
Germany Services PMI is an example of an economic event that can affect the price of the Germany 30 index, as well as other shares listed on the German stock exchange.
* Please note that weekend positions with attached stops/limits will not be netted off against existing weekday contracts. In this instance the weekend position will roll into a new weekday position, with the same stops/limits attached to this. Similarly, weekend positions will not net off against existing weekday contracts if the weekday contracts have stops/limits attached. In this instance, weekend positions will be rolled into new weekday contracts. The weekend for the markets available through Gotel is Saturday and Sunday. 1 Based on revenue excluding FX (published half yearly financial statements, June 2019). 2 April – June 2019
Remember that CFDs are a leveraged product and can result in the loss of your entire capital. Trading CFDs may not be suitable for you. Please ensure you fully understand the risks involved.
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