Euronext Amsterdam (AEX)

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    The Euronext Amsterdam, formerly the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, is one of three main European stock exchanges that together make up the Euronext and one of six Euronext exchanges in total. It trades equitiesexchange-traded fundsbonds and derivatives.

    The Euronext was formed in 2000 through the merger of the Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris stock exchanges. Euronext Amsterdam houses the headquarters of the full Euronext.

    Its main index is the AEX, which lists blue-chip large-cap stocks. Other important indices are the AMX (mid-caps) and the AScX (small-caps).

    Trading hours are 0900 to 1730 CET, Monday to Friday.

    Trading on Euronext Amsterdam

    Euronext Amsterdam is a relatively small exchange, despite its importance within Euronext. It listed 144 companies across its indices as of December 2011, of which 106 were Dutch companies and 38 foreign. It also trades around 125 exchange-traded funds, 1,500 bonds, nearly 200 investment funds and some 8,000 structured products.

    Euronext Amsterdam was badly affected by the global financial crisis, with its market cap and indices continuing to decline by around 9% year on year.

    Indices

    The AEX index lists the top 25 most actively traded stocks Dutch companies that trade on Euronext Amsterdam and is the key indicator of the health of the Dutch economy, as well as of the exchange itself. Its market capitalisation was around €253 billion as at December 2011.

    The smaller AMX and AScX indices also cover the top 25 companies in the mid and small-cap sectors.

    Financial data

    Euronext Amsterdam’s total market capitalisation as at December 2011 was just over €458 billion.

    Further information

    Web page for Euronext Amsterdam.