Among Global Markets, besides just the well known American markets, there are many that can present intriguing investment opportunities, provided you do the appropriate research. In terms of market capitalization, the top four biggest global markets (besides the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ, who own the #1 and #2 positions in the world respectively) are the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Euronext, the London Stock Exchange Group, and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
THE TOKYO STOCK EXCHANGE
One of the Global Markets is the Tokyo Stock Exchange or TSE for short. This Global Market is located in Tokyo and as of 2013, it had 2,292 companies listed with a combined market capitalization of around US$4.5 trillion, making it the third largest trading platform behind the NASDAQ. Some notable companies that trade in this global market are Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Honda.
Based in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Lisbon, and Paris, Euronext completed a merger in 2007 with the NYSE to become the NYSE Euronext with a new headquarters in New York. This Global Market has a total of 586 company listings (528 domestic and 58 foreign companies) with a market capitalization of US$3.7 trillion. Companies such as Renault and BNP Paribas trade on this global market.
THE LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE GROUP
Located in London, this global market also owns the Milan based Borsa Italiana, which it bought in 2007. It has a market capitalization of around US$3.6 trillion and lists 2,938 companies from 60 different countries such as Air China, British Petroleum, and Vodafone.
HONG KONG STOCK EXCHANGE
Located in Hong Kong, and is Asia’s second largest stock exchange behind the TSE. It has 1,615 listed companies, 776 of which are from mainland China, 737 from Hong Kong and 102 from other countries such as Kazakhstan, Italy, Cambodia. It has a market cap of around US$2.35 trillion. PetroChina and ChinaMobile are both listed on the SEHK.