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On the Internet: Market Index Statistics

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Following market indexes can be a great way for investors to keep abreast of general market movements as well as movements in specific market segments. A variety of indexes follow different market sectors, such as the general market, energy, healthcare, emerging markets, and financials. Many mutual funds and now exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are built by following market indexes—sometimes loosely, other times exactly.

Most financial Web sites will offer current index prices and charts. For more in-depth data on market index performance, you will need to look at index-related Web sites. The sites discussed below offer a wealth of data on indexes including charting, historical price data, composition, fundamental data and more. Unless otherwise noted, market data is offered for free at each of the Web sites.

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