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S&P 500 Definition

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An index of the 500 largest publicly traded companies, as determined by Standard & Poor's. Considered by many to be the best indicator of the U.S. stock market's general direction and health, the S&P 500's profile has been raised recently by the many portfolio-manager-beating index funds that track it. There is also an S&P 400, which tracks mid-cap companies, and an S&P 600, which tracks small-caps, but these don't get much attention. Unlike the Dow, the S&P indices are weighted by a company's market capitalization.

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DOW 17,750.91 -140.25 -0.78%
S&P 500 2,063.37 -18.06 -0.87%
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