Cejay KimNovember 19, 2015 Category: Research
The NASDAQ was formed in 1971 and was the world's first electronic stock exchange. Naturally, the technology-inspired exchange attracted other technology companies to list their shares when it was time to IPO.
As more technology companies flocked to the NASDAQ, the exchange branded itself as technology-focused, and thus attracting more companies to list.
The NASDAQ is now home to the largest and most recognizable names in the technology-space. In fact, the NASDAQ is the second largest exchange in the world, thanks in most part to its top five largest companies: Apple (AAPL), Alphabet (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon.com (AMZN), and Facebook (FB). The combined market capitalization for the five companies is over $2 trillion or almost 25% of the entire exchange (not double counting the recently restructured Google).
Just four years ago the publicly listed metals & mining universe boasted a market cap of $2.8 trillion, but has since declined to $1.2 trillion. Mining titans BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have both lost more than 55% of their value, and if it wasn't for diversified conglomerates and new additions, the universe would have fallen off considerably more.