As you?re undoubtedly aware, the number of companies and securities
change regularly, as companies have an IPO; are delisted; are
acquired; offer new preferred stock, options or warrants. Also, some
stocks don?t every day ? though that?s a separate issue.
Buried deep in the Securities & Exchange Commission?s 2003 Annual
Report is quite a bit of detail on securities listed by each exchange.
This document is available as a PDF and I?ve listed the page of the
Adobe Acrobat file, as it?s probably easier to find them this way.
Note that only 7 of the exchanges had trading volumes in equities or
equity options --
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, Annual Report 2003
Table 11 (PDF p. 137)
?Volume of Equity/Option Sales on U.S. Securities Exchanges?
This table has the share volume of each exchange from 1945 to 2002.
The dominant exchange is the New York Exchange. In 1945 it had a
65.9% share and the AMEX stood at 21.3%. By 2002, the NYSE stood at
78.3% and the AMEX at only 3.6% -- though these numbers exclude the
active NASDAQ market.
Table 12 (PDF p. 138)
?Share Volume by Exchanges?
It?s Table 14 that has the specific numbers that you?re seeking ?
broken down between common stock, preferred stock and bonds.
Table 14 (PDF p. 140)
?Securities Listed on Exchanges? (Dec. 31, 2002)
American Exchange: 657
Boston Exchange: 47
Chicago Exchange: 4
New York Exchange: 2,102
American Exchange: 73
Boston Exchange: 0
Chicago Exchange: 0
New York Exchange: 336
American Exchange: 363
New York Exchange: 1,173
NASDAQ is excluded from the SEC exchange listings but as an important
national market, at least deserves some mention. Its overviews and
fact sheets say that about 3,300 companies are listed, including 140
IPOs in 2004:
?Corporate Fact Sheet?
The New York Stock Exchange also has updated information on stock
listings on it?s site and says that about 2,800 companies are now
listed. The following page links to a directory of companies:
The American Stock Exchange (AMEX) is not as forthcoming with stock
data. The exchange has been stressing ETFs and other derivative
A final note: you?re probably better off leaving questions separate in
Google Answers. Multi-part questions often fail to get answered
because one small part of the question is unclear; missing
information; or far too difficult to answer.
However, I hope that this Answer meets your needs completely. If it
doesn?t, don?t hesitate to use a Clarification Request.
Google search strategy:
?securities and exchange commission?
NASDAQ ?fact sheet?
Clarification of Answer by
21 Aug 2005 10:37 PDT
The SEC annual report does not include NASDAQ trading in its section
on "stock exchanges," which is why I added NASDAQ's own reference to
trading shares in some 3,300 companies. I'm a bit mystified as to why
-- and could find no clarification in the Annual Report itself.
The differences between the exchanges, with market specialists who
have a monopoly on transactions, and the national market system of
NASDAQ may be the reason. But, of course, the SEC regulates many
aspects of NASDAQ functioning -- as noted if you browse through the
I'll see if I can find a more logical explanation somewhere in SEC documents.