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About the NYSE Arca (Archipelago Exchange)
NYSE Arca is based in Chicago, and is an abbreviation for the Archipelago Exchange. It is an electronic securities exchange in the US, which facilitates the trading of – among other things – exchange-traded funds (ETFs), exchange-traded notes (ETNs), and exchange-traded vehicles (ETVs). It is the leading exchange in the world in terms of trading ETFs, with over 2,000 different ETFs traded on NYSE Arca.
This page will provide you with a list of the companies that trade on the NYSE Arca, the indices that track the exchange, a brief outline of its history, and the performance of today’s tradeable stocks.
The NYSE Arca was originally founded by TerraNova Trading LLC in 1994 under the name Archipelago. It has always functioned as an electronic securities exchange, and is based in Chicago, Illinois.
Part of NYSE Arca’s growth over the years has come from mergers and partnerships. In March of 2000, the Archipelago Securities Exchange was born out of a partnership with the Pacific Exchange. This exchange-traded stocks listed on all three major exchanges in New York: the NYSE, NASDAQ, and American Stock Exchange (now the NYSE American).
Over the years, Archipelago quickly became a major competitor to the New York Stock Exchange, particularly because of the electronic trading system (the NYSE used an open outcry system that was quickly becoming dated). By the mid-2000s this posed such a significant thread that there was a merger between the Archipelago exchange and the NYSE, leading to the renaming of the exchange as NYSE Arca in 2006.
As the NYSE Arca trades exchange-related securities rather than stocks, there are no conventional indices which track the exchange. There is an index called the NYSE Arca Major Market Index, but despite its name, none of the stocks that feature on this index are listed on the NYSE Arca (with all but one being listed on the New York Stock Exchange).
There are no stocks listed on the NYSE Arca, as it is not a conventional exchange in this regard. NYSE Arca Equities offers a fully electronic stock exchange which trades more than 8,000 securities – but these are not directly listed on NYSE Arca. It acts as a fast electronic market connected to multiple US market centres.