By Charles R. Geisst (auth.)
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The following sections will examine some of these markets in a general fashion to illustrate some of these differences. THE CONTINENTAL STOCK MARKETS The major European stock markets outside Britain are located principally in the member states of the European Economic Community and Switzerland. The oldest among them is the exchange at Hamburg, founded in 1538. The first exchange to actually trade shares in a public company was the Amsterdam Stock Market which traded the then novel shares of the Dutch East India Company in the seventeenth century.
Currently, block trades account for some 20-25 per cent of all NYSE transactions. An example of a newspaper quotation puts much of this share terminology in perspective and also utilises some terms previously introduced. 5 it can be seen that the year's high/low for shares is listed along with their current price, dividend yield, pe, and volume traded. Although the above quoted price information gives volume information it does not reflect the structural nature of trading volume itself. This problem brings the nature of the specialist system and trading patterns into focus and helps us centre upon one of the NYSE's major debating points in recent years.
Institutional dominance has also led to an increase in large share orders being arranged off the Exchange floor. These block trades are known in Britain as put throughs and actually do form a sort of unofficial otc market in that they are arranged by brokers avoidingjobbers and the auction environment of the Exchange. Despite the large number of individually listed shares traded on the Exchange, over 70 per cent of volume is currently dominated by trading in gilt-edged stocks (gilts); that is, Government issued or backed loan stocks.