Trading The NASDAQ 100 – What Moves It & How Can I Trade It?

I was recently asked a few questions about trading the Nasdaq 100, so I figured I would create a post to help others with the same question.

What Is the NASDAQ 100?

The Nasdaq 100 is a modified market-capitalization weighted index.  It consists of the largest 100 non-financial companies on the Nasdaq stock exchange. 

What Moves The NASDAQ 100?

The NASDAQ 100 is a market-capitalization weighted index so some of the largest companies are the movers of this index.  Some of the top movers consist of Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Comcast, Marriott, Intel, Micron Technology and more.

How To Trade The NASDAQ 100?

Traders can use any price action method of their choice to trade this index.  The big things to consider are:

  1. Not trading more than 5% risk
  2. Doing due diligence on upcoming news releases and what’s happening economically
  3. Analyzing the charts and sticking to your trading plan before entry to any positions

FREE Trading Strategy For The NASDAQ 100


Nasdaq 100 futures can be traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) from:

Sunday – Friday 6:00pm – 5:00pm ET with a trading halt from 4:15pm – 4:30pm ET and a Daily Maintenance period from Monday – Thursday 5:00pm – 6:00pm ET.

There are also ETFs that track the Nasdaq 100 like Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) which trades on the NASDAQ exchange. This has:

  • Pre-Market Trading Hours from 4:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET
  • Market Hours from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
  • After-Market Hours from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

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