What Is the S&P 500 Index?

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The S&P 500 Index, created by Standard and Poors, is considered the most accurate representation of the broader stock market. The S&P 500 is, unsurprisingly, made up of 500 separate U.S. stocks spanning all sectors of the economy. These stocks combine to represent roughly 80% of available market capitalization. The smallest components are required to have market caps of at least $5.3 billion. The largest, Apple, is valued at more than $700 billion.

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While the Dow weights stocks by share price, the S&P 500 index weights stocks by market cap, so it's driven by the biggest companies. Stocks that no longer fit the market cap, liquidity, or domicile requirements are switched out for eligible companies.

Here's a complete list of components that currently make up the S&P 500:

Company Name Ticker Primary Industry
3M Company Industrial Conglomerates
Abbott Laboratories Healthcare Equipment
AbbVie Pharmaceuticals
Accenture plc IT Consulting and Other Services
ACE Limited Property and Casualty Insurance
Actavis plc Pharmaceuticals
Adobe Systems Incorporated Application Software
Aetna Managed Healthcare
Affiliated Managers Group Asset Management and Custody Banks
AFLAC Life and Health Insurance
Agilent Technologies Life Sciences Tools and Services
AGL Resources Gas Utilities
Air Products & Chemicals Industrial Gases
Airgas, Industrial Gases
Akamai Technologies Internet Software and Services
Alcoa Aluminum
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Biotechnology
Allegheny Technologies Steel
Allegion Plc Building Products
Alliance Data Systems Corporation Data Processing and Outsourced Services
Altera Corp. Semiconductors
Altria Group Tobacco
Amazon.com Internet Retail
Ameren Corporation Multi-Utilities
American Airlines Group Airlines
American Electric Power Co. Electric Utilities
American Express Company Consumer Finance
American International Group Multi-line Insurance
American Tower Corporation Specialized REITs
Ameriprise Financial, Asset Management and Custody Banks
AmerisourceBergen Corporation Healthcare Distributors
Ametek Electrical Components and Equipment
Amgen Biotechnology
Amphenol Corporation Electronic Components
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Analog Devices Semiconductors
Anthem Managed Healthcare
Aon plc Insurance Brokers
Apache Corp. Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Apartment Investment and Management Company Residential REITs
Apple Technology Hardware, Storage and Peripherals
Applied Materials Semiconductor Equipment
Archer-Daniels-Midland Company Agricultural Products
Assurant Multi-line Insurance
AT&T Integrated Telecommunication Services
Autodesk Application Software
Automatic Data Processing Data Processing and Outsourced Services
AutoNation Automotive Retail
AutoZone, Automotive Retail
Avago Technologies Limited Semiconductors
Avalonbay Communities Residential REITs
Avery Dennison Corporation Paper Packaging
Baker Hughes Incorporated Oil and Gas Equipment and Services
Ball Corporation Metal and Glass Containers
Bank of America Corporation Diversified Banks
Baxter International Healthcare Equipment
BB&T Corporation Regional Banks
Becton, Dickinson and Company Healthcare Equipment
Bed Bath & Beyond Home Furnishing Retail
Berkshire Hathaway Multi-Sector Holdings
Best Buy Co. Computer and Electronics Retail
Biogen Biotechnology
BlackRock Asset Management and Custody Banks
BorgWarner Auto Parts and Equipment
Boston Properties Office REITs
Boston Scientific Corporation Healthcare Equipment
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Pharmaceuticals
Broadcom Corp. Semiconductors
Brown-Forman Corporation Distillers and Vintners
CA Systems Software
Cablevision Systems Corporation Cable and Satellite
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Cameron International Corporation Oil and Gas Equipment and Services
Campbell Soup Company Packaged Foods and Meats
Capital One Financial Corporation Consumer Finance
Cardinal Health Healthcare Distributors
CarMax Automotive Retail
Carnival Corporation Hotels, Resorts and Cruise Lines
Caterpillar Construction Machinery and Heavy Trucks
CBRE Group Real Estate Services
CBS Corporation Broadcasting
Celgene Corporation Biotechnology
CenterPoint Energy Multi-Utilities
CenturyLink Integrated Telecommunication Services
Cerner Corporation Health Care Technology
CF Industries Holdings Fertilizers and Agricultural Chemicals
CH Robinson Worldwide Air Freight and Logistics
Chesapeake Energy Corporation Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Chevron Corporation Integrated Oil and Gas
Chipotle Mexican Grill Restaurants
Cigna Corp. Managed Healthcare
Cimarex Energy Co. Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Cincinnati Financial Corp. Property and Casualty Insurance
Cintas Corporation Diversified Support Services
Cisco Systems Communications Equipment
Citigroup Diversified Banks
Citrix Systems Application Software
CME Group Specialized Finance
CMS Energy Corp. Multi-Utilities
Coach Apparel, Accessories and Luxury Goods
Coca-Cola Enterprises Soft Drinks
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation IT Consulting and Other Services
Colgate-Palmolive Co. Household Products
Comcast Corporation Cable and Satellite
Comerica Incorporated Diversified Banks
Computer Sciences Corporation Data Processing and Outsourced Services
ConAgra Foods Packaged Foods and Meats
ConocoPhillips Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
CONSOL Energy Coal and Consumable Fuels
Consolidated Edison Multi-Utilities
Constellation Brands Distillers and Vintners
Corning Electronic Components
Costco Wholesale Corporation Hypermarkets and Super Centers
CR Bard Healthcare Equipment
Crown Castle International Corp. Specialized REITs
CSX Corp. Railroads
Cummins Construction Machinery and Heavy Trucks
CVS Health Corporation Drug Retail
Danaher Corp. Industrial Conglomerates
Darden Restaurants Restaurants
DaVita HealthCare Partners Healthcare Services
Deere & Company Agricultural and Farm Machinery
Delphi Automotive PLC Auto Parts and Equipment
Delta Air Lines Airlines
DENTSPLY International Healthcare Supplies
Devon Energy Corporation Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Diamond Offshore Drilling Oil and Gas Drilling
DIRECTV Cable and Satellite
Discover Financial Services Consumer Finance
Discovery Communications (Class A) Broadcasting
Discovery Communications (Class C) Broadcasting
Dollar General Corporation General Merchandise Stores
Dollar Tree General Merchandise Stores
Dominion Resources Multi-Utilities
Dover Corporation Industrial Machinery
DR Horton Homebuilding
Dr Pepper Snapple Group Soft Drinks
DTE Energy Company Multi-Utilities
Duke Energy Corporation Electric Utilities
Dun & Bradstreet Corp. Research and Consulting Services
E*TRADE Financial Corporation Investment Banking and Brokerage
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company Diversified Chemicals
Eastman Chemical Co. Diversified Chemicals
Eaton Corporation plc Electrical Components and Equipment
eBay Internet Software and Services
Ecolab Specialty Chemicals
Edison International Electric Utilities
Edwards Lifesciences Corp. Healthcare Equipment
Electronic Arts Home Entertainment Software
Eli Lilly and Company Pharmaceuticals
EMC Corporation Technology Hardware, Storage and Peripherals
Emerson Electric Co. Electrical Components and Equipment
Endo International plc Pharmaceuticals
Ensco plc Oil and Gas Drilling
Entergy Corporation Electric Utilities
EOG Resources Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
EQT Corporation Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Equifax Research and Consulting Services
Equinix Internet Software and Services
Equity Residential Residential REITs
Essex Property Trust Residential REITs
Eversource Energy Electric Utilities
Exelon Corporation Electric Utilities
Expedia Internet Retail
Expeditors International of Washington Air Freight and Logistics
Express Scripts Holding Company Healthcare Services
ExxonMobil Corporation Integrated Oil and Gas
F5 Networks Communications Equipment
Facebook Internet Software and Services
Family Dollar Stores General Merchandise Stores
Fastenal Company Trading Companies and Distributors
FedEx Corporation Air Freight and Logistics
Fidelity National Information Services Data Processing and Outsourced Services
Fifth Third Bancorp Regional Banks
First Solar Semiconductors
FirstEnergy Corp. Electric Utilities
Fiserv Data Processing and Outsourced Services
FLIR Systems Electronic Equipment and Instruments
Flowserve Corp. Industrial Machinery
Fluor Corporation Construction and Engineering
FMC Corp. Diversified Chemicals
FMC Technologies Oil and Gas Equipment and Services
Ford Motor Co. Automobile Manufacturers
Fossil Group Apparel, Accessories and Luxury Goods
Franklin Resources Asset Management and Custody Banks
Freeport-McMoRan Diversified Metals and Mining
Frontier Communications Corporation Integrated Telecommunication Services
GameStop Corp. Computer and Electronics Retail
Gannett Co. Publishing
Garmin Ltd. Consumer Electronics
General Dynamics Corporation Aerospace and Defense
General Electric Company Industrial Conglomerates
General Growth Properties, Inc Retail REITs
General Mills Packaged Foods and Meats
General Motors Company Automobile Manufacturers
Genuine Parts Company Distributors
Genworth Financial Multi-line Insurance
Gilead Sciences Biotechnology
Google (Class C) Internet Software and Services
Google (Class A) Internet Software and Services
H&R Block Specialized Consumer Services
Halliburton Company Oil and Gas Equipment and Services
Hanesbrands Apparel, Accessories and Luxury Goods
Harley-Davidson, Motorcycle Manufacturers
Harman International Industries, Incorporated Consumer Electronics
Harris Corporation Communications Equipment
Hasbro Leisure Products
HCA Holdings Healthcare Facilities
HCP Healthcare REITs
Health Care REIT Healthcare REITs
Helmerich & Payne Oil and Gas Drilling
Henry Schein Healthcare Distributors
Hess Corporation Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Hewlett-Packard Company Technology Hardware, Storage and Peripherals
Honeywell International Aerospace and Defense
Hormel Foods Corporation Packaged Foods and Meats
Hospira Pharmaceuticals
Host Hotels & Resorts Hotel and Resort REITs
Hudson City Bancorp Thrifts and Mortgage Finance
Humana Managed Healthcare
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated Regional Banks
Illinois Tool Works Industrial Machinery
Ingersoll-Rand Plc Industrial Machinery
Integrys Energy Group Multi-Utilities
Intel Corporation Semiconductors
Intercontinental Exchange Specialized Finance
International Business Machines Corporation IT Consulting and Other Services
International Flavors & Fragrances Specialty Chemicals
International Paper Company Paper Products
Intuit Application Software
Intuitive Surgical Healthcare Equipment
Invesco Ltd. Asset Management and Custody Banks
Iron Mountain Specialized REITs
Jacobs Engineering Group Construction and Engineering
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals
Johnson Controls Auto Parts and Equipment
Joy Global Construction Machinery and Heavy Trucks
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Diversified Banks
Juniper Networks Communications Equipment
Kansas City Southern Railroads
Kellogg Company Packaged Foods and Meats
Keurig Green Mountain Packaged Foods and Meats
KeyCorp. Regional Banks
Kimberly-Clark Corporation Household Products
Kimco Realty Corporation Retail REITs
Kinder Morgan Oil and Gas Storage and Transportation
KLA-Tencor Corporation Semiconductor Equipment
Kohl's Corp. Department Stores
Kraft Foods Group Packaged Foods and Meats
L Brands Apparel Retail
L-3 Communications Holdings Aerospace and Defense
Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings Healthcare Services
Lam Research Corporation Semiconductor Equipment
Legg Mason Asset Management and Custody Banks
Leggett & Platt, Incorporated Home Furnishings
Lennar Corp. Homebuilding
Leucadia National Corporation Multi-Sector Holdings
Level 3 Communications Alternative Carriers
Lincoln National Corporation Life and Health Insurance
Linear Technology Corporation Semiconductors
Lockheed Martin Corporation Aerospace and Defense
Loews Corporation Multi-line Insurance
Lorillard Tobacco
Lowe's Companies Home Improvement Retail
LyondellBasell Industries N.V. Commodity Chemicals
M&T Bank Corporation Regional Banks
Macy's Department Stores
Mallinckrodt public limited company Pharmaceuticals
Marathon Oil Corporation Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Marathon Petroleum Corporation Oil and Gas Refining and Marketing
Marriott International Hotels, Resorts and Cruise Lines
Marsh & McLennan Companies Insurance Brokers
Martin Marietta Materials Construction Materials
Masco Corporation Building Products
MasterCard Incorporated Data Processing and Outsourced Services
Mattel Leisure Products
McCormick & Company, Incorporated Packaged Foods and Meats
McDonald's Corp. Restaurants
McGraw Hill Financial Specialized Finance
McKesson Corporation Healthcare Distributors
Mead Johnson Nutrition Company Packaged Foods and Meats
MeadWestvaco Corporation Paper Packaging
Medtronic plc Healthcare Equipment
Merck & Co. Pharmaceuticals
MetLife Life and Health Insurance
Michael Kors Holdings Limited Apparel, Accessories and Luxury Goods
Microchip Technology Semiconductors
Micron Technology Semiconductors
Microsoft Corporation Systems Software
Mohawk Industries Home Furnishings
Molson Coors Brewing Company Brewers
Mondelez International Packaged Foods and Meats
Monsanto Company Fertilizers and Agricultural Chemicals
Monster Beverage Corporation Soft Drinks
Moody's Corporation Specialized Finance
Morgan Stanley Investment Banking and Brokerage
Motorola Solutions Communications Equipment
Murphy Oil Corporation Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Mylan N.V. Pharmaceuticals
National Oilwell Varco Oil and Gas Equipment and Services
Navient Corporation Consumer Finance
NetApp Technology Hardware, Storage and Peripherals
Netflix Internet Retail
Newell Rubbermaid Housewares and Specialties
Newfield Exploration Co. Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Newmont Mining Corporation Gold
News Corporation Publishing
NextEra Energy Electric Utilities
Nielsen N.V. Research and Consulting Services
Nike Footwear
NiSource Multi-Utilities
Noble Corporation plc Oil and Gas Drilling
Noble Energy Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Nordstrom Department Stores
Norfolk Southern Corporation Railroads
Northern Trust Corporation Asset Management and Custody Banks
Northrop Grumman Corporation Aerospace and Defense
NRG Energy Independent Power Producers and Energy Traders
Nucor Corporation Steel
NVIDIA Corporation Semiconductors
Occidental Petroleum Corporation Integrated Oil and Gas
Omnicom Group Advertising
ONEOK Oil and Gas Storage and Transportation
Oracle Corporation Systems Software
O'Reilly Automotive Automotive Retail
Owens-Illinois Metal and Glass Containers
PACCAR Construction Machinery and Heavy Trucks
Pall Corporation Industrial Machinery
Parker-Hannifin Corporation Industrial Machinery
Patterson Companies Healthcare Distributors
Paychex Data Processing and Outsourced Services
Pentair plc Industrial Machinery
People's United Financial Thrifts and Mortgage Finance
Pepco Holdings Electric Utilities
Pepsico Soft Drinks
PerkinElmer Life Sciences Tools and Services
Perrigo Company Public Limited Company Pharmaceuticals
Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
PG&E Corporation Multi-Utilities
Philip Morris International Tobacco
Phillips 66 Oil and Gas Refining and Marketing
Pinnacle West Capital Corporation Electric Utilities
Pioneer Natural Resources Co. Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Pitney Bowes Office Services and Supplies
Plum Creek Timber Co. Specialized REITs
PPG Industries Specialty Chemicals
PPL Corporation Electric Utilities
Praxair Industrial Gases
Precision Castparts Corp. Aerospace and Defense
Principal Financial Group Life and Health Insurance
Progressive Corp. Property and Casualty Insurance
Prologis Industrial REITs
Prudential Financial Life and Health Insurance
Public Service Enterprise Group Multi-Utilities
Public Storage Specialized REITs
PulteGroup Homebuilding
PVH Corp. Apparel, Accessories and Luxury Goods
QEP Resources Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
QUALCOMM Incorporated Communications Equipment
Quanta Services, Construction and Engineering
Quest Diagnostics Healthcare Services
Ralph Lauren Corporation Apparel, Accessories and Luxury Goods
Range Resources Corporation Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Raytheon Company Aerospace and Defense
Realty Income Corporation Retail REITs
Red Hat, Systems Software
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Biotechnology
Regions Financial Corporation Regional Banks
Republic Services Environmental and Facilities Services
Reynolds American Tobacco
Robert Half International Human Resource and Employment Services
Rockwell Automation Electrical Components and Equipment
Rockwell Collins Aerospace and Defense
Roper Industries Industrial Conglomerates
Ross Stores Apparel Retail
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Hotels, Resorts and Cruise Lines
Ryder System Trucking
salesforce.com, inc. Application Software
SanDisk Corp. Technology Hardware, Storage and Peripherals
SCANA Corp. Multi-Utilities
Schlumberger Limited Oil and Gas Equipment and Services
Scripps Networks Interactive Broadcasting
Seagate Technology Public Limited Company Technology Hardware, Storage and Peripherals
Sealed Air Corporation Paper Packaging
Sempra Energy Multi-Utilities
Sigma-Aldrich Corporation Specialty Chemicals
Simon Property Group Retail REITs
Skyworks Solutions Semiconductors
SL Green Realty Corp. Office REITs
Snap-on Incorporated Industrial Machinery
Southern Company Electric Utilities
Southwest Airlines Co. Airlines
Southwestern Energy Co. Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Spectra Energy Corp. Oil and Gas Storage and Transportation
St. Jude Medical Healthcare Equipment
Stanley Black & Decker Industrial Machinery
Staples Specialty Stores
Starbucks Corporation Restaurants
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Hotels, Resorts and Cruise Lines
State Street Corporation Asset Management and Custody Banks
Stericycle Environmental and Facilities Services
Stryker Corporation Healthcare Equipment
SunTrust Banks Regional Banks
Symantec Corporation Systems Software
Sysco Corporation Food Distributors
T. Rowe Price Group Asset Management and Custody Banks
Target Corp. General Merchandise Stores
TE Connectivity Ltd. Electronic Manufacturing Services
TECO Energy Multi-Utilities
Tenet Healthcare Corp. Healthcare Facilities
Teradata Corporation IT Consulting and Other Services
Tesoro Corporation Oil and Gas Refining and Marketing
Texas Instruments Semiconductors
Textron Aerospace and Defense
The ADT Corporation Security and Alarm Services
The AES Corporation Independent Power Producers and Energy Traders
The Allstate Corporation Property and Casualty Insurance
The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation Asset Management and Custody Banks
The Boeing Company Aerospace and Defense
The Charles Schwab Corporation Investment Banking and Brokerage
The Chubb Corporation Property and Casualty Insurance
The Clorox Company Household Products
The Coca-Cola Company Soft Drinks
The Dow Chemical Company Diversified Chemicals
The Este Lauder Companies Personal Products
The Gap Apparel Retail
The Goldman Sachs Group Investment Banking and Brokerage
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Tires and Rubber
The Hartford Financial Services Group Multi-line Insurance
The Hershey Company Packaged Foods and Meats
The Home Depot Home Improvement Retail
The Interpublic Group of Companies Advertising
The J. M. Smucker Company Packaged Foods and Meats
The Kroger Co. Food Retail
The Macerich Company Retail REITs
The Mosaic Company Fertilizers and Agricultural Chemicals
The Nasdaq OMX Group Specialized Finance
The PNC Financial Services Group Regional Banks
The Priceline Group Internet Retail
The Procter & Gamble Company Household Products
The Sherwin-Williams Company Specialty Chemicals
The TJX Companies Apparel Retail
The Travelers Companies Property and Casualty Insurance
The Walt Disney Company Movies and Entertainment
The Western Union Company Data Processing and Outsourced Services
Thermo Fisher Scientific Life Sciences Tools and Services
Tiffany & Co. Specialty Stores
Time Warner Cable Cable and Satellite
Time Warner Movies and Entertainment
Torchmark Corporation Life and Health Insurance
Total System Services Data Processing and Outsourced Services
Tractor Supply Company Specialty Stores
Transocean Ltd. Oil and Gas Drilling
TripAdvisor Internet Retail
Twenty-First Century Fox Movies and Entertainment
Tyco International Ltd. Security and Alarm Services
Tyson Foods Packaged Foods and Meats
US Bancorp Diversified Banks
Under Armour Apparel, Accessories and Luxury Goods
Union Pacific Corporation Railroads
United Parcel Service Air Freight and Logistics
United Rentals Trading Companies and Distributors
United Technologies Corporation Aerospace and Defense
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated Managed Healthcare
Universal Health Services Healthcare Facilities
Unum Group Life and Health Insurance
Urban Outfitters Apparel Retail
V.F. Corporation Apparel, Accessories and Luxury Goods
Valero Energy Corporation Oil and Gas Refining and Marketing
Varian Medical Systems Healthcare Equipment
Ventas Healthcare REITs
VeriSign Internet Software and Services
Verizon Communications Integrated Telecommunication Services
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated Biotechnology
Viacom Movies and Entertainment
Visa Data Processing and Outsourced Services
Vornado Realty Trust Office REITs
Vulcan Materials Company Construction Materials
W.W. Grainger Trading Companies and Distributors
Walgreens Boots Alliance Drug Retail
Wal-Mart Stores Hypermarkets and Super Centers
Waste Management Environmental and Facilities Services
Waters Corporation Life Sciences Tools and Services
Wells Fargo & Company Diversified Banks
Western Digital Corporation Technology Hardware, Storage and Peripherals
Weyerhaeuser Co. Specialized REITs
Whirlpool Corp. Household Appliances
Whole Foods Market Food Retail
Williams Companies Oil and Gas Storage and Transportation
Wisconsin Energy Corp. Multi-Utilities
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation Hotels, Resorts and Cruise Lines
Wynn Resorts Ltd. Casinos and Gaming
Xcel Energy Electric Utilities
Xerox Corporation Data Processing and Outsourced Services
Xilinx Semiconductors
XL Group plc Property and Casualty Insurance
Xylem Industrial Machinery
Yahoo! Internet Software and Services
Yum! Brands Restaurants
Zimmer Holdings Healthcare Equipment
Zions Bancorporation Regional Banks
Zoetis Pharmaceuticals

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