Stock Exchanges of the World and the Number of Listed Companies

Have you ever wondered how many stocks are listed in the major stock exchanges of the world?. I did and this post is the result of my research. My source for this piece is the “World Federation of Exchanges(WFE)“. It is an association of 56 regulated exchanges around the world.

Data used here is as of the end of November,2008. There a total of 46,678 stocks traded in the member exchanges. This count does not include investment funds. The following tables show the various exchanges and the number of domestic and foreign listings in them:

1.Americas

Exchange Name Domestic Stocks Foreign Stocks Total
American SE 397 101 498
Bermuda SE 16 36 52
BM&FBOVESPA 384 9 393
Buenos Aires SE 107 5 112
Colombia SE 89 0 89
Lima SE 200 44 244
Mexican Exchange 126 247 373
Nasdaq 2,608 337 2,945
NYSE Group 2,593 421 3,014
Santiago SE 235 3 238
TSX Group 3,659 79 3,738

2.Asia-Pacific

Exchange Name Domestic Stocks Foreign Stocks Total
Australian SE 1,928 84 2,012
Bombay SE 4,928 0 4,928
Bursa Malaysia 972 4 976
Colombo SE 234 0 234
Hong Kong Exchanges 1,249 10 1,259
Indonesia SE 396 0 396
Jasdaq 927 0 927
Korea Exchange 1,788 3 1,791
National Stock Exchange India 1,407 0 1,407
New Zealand Exchange 147 25 172
Osaka SE 468 1 469
Philippine SE 244 2 246
Shanghai SE 863 0 863
Shenzhen SE 740 0 740
Singapore Exchange 458 311 769
Taiwan SE Corp. 712 4 716
The Stock Exchange of Thailand 525 0 525
Tokyo SE 2,371 21 2,392

3.Europe-Middle East-Africa

Exchange Name Domestic Stocks Foreign Stocks Total
Amman SE 261 0 261
Athens Exchange 284 3 287
BME Spanish Exchanges 3,534 40 3,574
Borsa Italiana 296 6 302
Budapest SE 40 3 43
Cyprus SE 122 0 122
Deutsche Borse 744 91 835
Egyptian Exchange 374 0 374
Euronext 1,012 0 1,012
Irish SE 58 10 68
Istanbul SE 318 0 318
JSE 369 44 413
Ljubljana SE 85 0 85
London SE 2,448 689 3,137
Luxembourg SE 33 230 263
Malta SE 19 0 19
Mauritius SE 65 4 69
OMX Nordic Exchange 801 25 826
Oslo Borse 214 49 263
Swiss Exchange 253 71 324
Tehran SE 356 0 356
Tel Aviv SE 631 13 644
Warsaw SE 421 26 447
Wiener Borse 102 16 118

Source: World Federation of Exchanges(WFE)

Analysis:

  • The exchange with the the lowest number listings – just 19 – is the Malta SE in the country of Malta in Europe. Though there may be exchanges in the world that may have fewer companies listed. But those exchanges are not listed here since they are not members of the World Federation of Exchanges.
  • Luxemborg SE has the most foreign companies listed (87%) followed by Bermuda SE (69%).
  • The Bombay Stock Exchange in India has the largest number of equities listed.
  • While foreign companies represent 14% of the stocks listed in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE Group), they accounted for $11.4 Trillion of the $27.1 Trillion market values as of Dec 31,2007.
  • Just 1% of the listed companies in the Tokyo SE are non-Japanese companies.
  • The tiny city state of Singapore has 458 listed companies but 40% of them are foreign companies.
  • 22% of the listings in the London SE are non-British companies.
  • The BME Spanish Exchanges in Spain has more than four times the number of listing in the Deutsche Borse.
  • USA is the number one in terms of stocks listed. The three organized stock exchanges in the USA (NYSE, Amex and NASDAQ) have a total of 5,598 companies trading in them.The number two is Bombay SE in India and the third is The TSX group of Canada.
  • A total of 859 foreign equities trade in the big 3 US exchanges.

Note:
Deutsche Bourse : Excluding the market segment “Freiverkehr” (unofficial regulated market)
Lima SE : Includes 26 foreign companies with shares negotiated under a special modality
Korea Exchange : includes Kosdaq market data
OMX Nordic Exchange : OMX includes Copenhagen, Helsinki, Iceland, Stockholm, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius Stock Exchanges
Singapore Exchange : Main Board & Sesdaq
TSX Group : includes companies listed on TSX Venture
Tehran SE : Some 90 companies have been relegated to the “Unofficial Board” which is a “Temporary Board”

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