Wednesday, January 26, 2011

How many stocks are there anyway?

How many stocks trade on the NYSE and the NASDAQ.   Felix Salmon has some nice graphs that show a significant decline in the number of stocks listed on the exchanges.

Eye balling the charts suggests there are about 1500 on the NYSE and 2500 on NASDAQ - so about 4000 in total.  This isn't actually the number of securities traded on those exchanges though as the total will include ETFs and Closed End Funds.