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What is the NASDAQ?

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Question: What is the NASDAQ?
Answer: The NASDAQ is an electronic exchange where stocks are traded through an automated network. It stands for National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations System. As a general rule of thumb, it is where most technology stocks are traded. A quick way to tell if a company is listed on the NASDAQ is to check out the ticker symbol... those made up of four letters are listed here (e.g. Microsoft = MSFT, Dell Computers = DELL, Cisco = CSCO).

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