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Markets & Sectors Overview

Find out what's going on in the markets with timely data, information, and insights relevant to today's activity. The Markets & Sectors Overview page helps you determine the potential significance of the day's events, from their potential, long-term impact on the economy and financial markets to the affect they may have on your own investments.

How did the equity markets around the world perform?

Take a look how world equity markets are performing with our global market map. Market changes abroad can have an effect here at home, and our map helps you keep an eye on what's on the horizon. It lists the day's market changes for key indexes in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, with comprehensive research available by clicking on the U.S. indicies or countries around the world.

Can I get current and historical market performance information for futures?

The U.S. Markets Performance section provides current and historical performance of broad-based equity indices, fixed income securities and commodity markets. Futures quotes are available around the clock, and delayed, blended futures contracts are used to represent the various markets. These quotes represent prices from contracts trading on the futures markets with different trading hours. These markets can provide information on what futures traders think about the markets from Sunday evening through Friday afternoon. Click Refresh to update Last value and percent change. These values are updated every 10 minutes.

Although the stock index futures contracts use the values of the designated stock indexes as a base, the two markets–futures and stocks–are not explicitly linked together. Stock prices trade at the levels investors and traders are willing to pay in the cash market. Futures contracts are valued based on traders bid and ask prices, as well as the value of the underlying indexes, interest rates, and more. The pre-market futures prices are only an indicator of where the stock market might open. Learn more on using futures as an indicator.

U.S. stock exchanges are open from 9:30 a.m. ET until 4 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. In contrast, trading for stock index futures contracts is open from 6 p.m. ET Sunday afternoon until 4:15 p.m. ET on Friday. Futures trade into the evening and overnight, as well as when the stock exchanges are open.

U.S. Markets Performance data is provided for informational purposes only. Fidelity does not offer futures trading.

What U.S. Markets Performance data is available?

The U.S. Markets Performance data sourced from the CME Group is electronically traded, blended contracts based on the last traded price. Interactive Data Corporation blends the CME individual contracts to smooth out the end of the current contract and next contract. When the current contract is about to expire, the situation could arise where there are no trades for a day or two. When this occurs, after the expiration, the last-traded price of the current contract is used. Once the new contract starts trading, the last price and first price are merged, making the instrument to appear to be one continuous contract without expiration.

Where can I find information about how U.S. sectors and industries are performing today?

Today's U.S. sector and industry performance lets you quickly see how the 10 U.S. GICS* sectors are performing during the trading day. The color represents the degree of today's performance percent change in relation to all of the ten sectors. Performance is represented by S&P 500 GICS* indices. Click the "+" image to see the industries performance in a sector. Click a sector or industry for detailed historical performance, fundamentals, current market weight, recommended market weight, news, and research. Click the Refresh button for the most recent percent change. Today's U.S. sector and industry performance is updated every 60 seconds during market hours. Previous close percent change will display until one minute after market open.

GICS® (Global Industry Classification Standards) is an industry classification system developed by Standard & Poor's in collaboration with Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI). S&P uses GICS to determine the market segment to which a company is assigned.

Where can I find information about recent industry performance?

Industry one-week average price change % is provided by rolling over "Industries" under each sector. Click on the sector or industry names to drill down into the details as well as potential investments in the sector or industry.

The number of boxes and their color represents the number of industries in the sector and if they are up or down. Sectors are specific segments of the economy comprised of related products, typically within the same industry. Each company is assigned to an industry according to the definition of its principal business activity as determined by Standard & Poor's and MSCI.

How is performance calculated?

U.S. Sectors & Industries Performance is represented by the S&P 500 GICS® (Global Industry Classification Standard) indices. Last % change is the nominal change in the price of the index from the previous trading day's close expressed as a percentage as of the index value at the time noted in the Date & Time field. All dates and times are reported in ET.

GICS is an industry classification system developed by Standard & Poor's in collaboration with Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI). S&P uses GICS to determine the market segment to which a company is assigned. A company is assigned to a single GICS industry according to the definition of its principal business activity as determined by Standard & Poor's and MSCI. Revenues are a significant factor in defining principal business activity; however, earnings analysis and market perception are also important criteria for classification. There are currently 10 sectors and 68 industries. Three of the 68 industries do not have companies represented in the S&P 500 Index; therefore, performance is not available for Marine, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Water Utilities.

Standard & Poor's 500 (S&P 500) Index is an unmanaged market-weighted index of 500 of the nation's largest stocks from a broad variety of industries. The S&P 500 represents about 80% of the total market value of all stocks on the New York Stock Exchange. Market-weighted means that component stocks are weighted according to the total value of their outstanding shares.

Indexes are unmanaged, statistical composites and their returns do not include payment of any sales charges or fees an investor would pay to purchase the securities they represent. Such costs would lower performance. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

Where can I find insights into what's moving the markets?

In addition to market data, we provide access to timely insights into the data with the latest commentary, news, research reports, and Fidelity Viewpoints® for the six markets. Selecting a specific market tab, such as Energy, will load the U.S. Markets Performance data table, commentary, news and Fidelity Viewpoints® sections with content relevant to that specific market. The current percent change of the first blended contract will also appear in the tab. The section also provides insight into market prices with news and events from around the world, even when U.S. stock markets are closed.