Stock Indices are helpful to understand a market's overall direction and as a barometer of the underlying economy. They're made up of a basket of securities, derivatives, or other financial instruments – usually spanning major industries – that are used to reflect the status of a specific market or asset class, and different indices are weighted independently and cover a variety of geographies. Basically, there's more variety in global indices than on the Cheesecake Factory menu. Use them to understand where the markets are headed and inform your trading strategy. This page will show you ideas, news, and price action for various market indices.