Nasdaq looks different 15 years after its peak: then and now

(Reuters) – Happy anniversary, Nasdaq. It has been 15 years since the dot.com bubble peaked on March 10, 2000, and the Nasdaq composite index <.IXIC> hit its lifetime intraday high of 5,132. Back then many of us were watching reality TV shows like “Survivor” and bidding up stocks of companies that had no earnings.

The index has not reached those heights since, though it briefly surpassed the 5,000 mark on March 2. It has since retreated.

These days, we are less focused on reality shows and more focused on reality – keeping tabs on dividends and price-earnings ratios, for example.

A lot has changed – Apple Inc wasn’t even on the radar then. Now it’s the most highly valued U.S. public company.

Here’s a look at the Nasdaq, then and now.

Nasdaq value March 2015 March 2000

$ 8.01 trillion $ 6.6 trillion

Nasdaq P/E March 2015 March 2000

ratio

20.75 189.7

No. of March 2015 1999

companies

trading on

Nasdaq

2,565 4,715

Top 10 March 10, 2015 March 10, 2000

Components by

market cap

Apple $ 724.6 Microsoft

bln $ 525.4 bln

Google $ 382.3 Cisco $ 466.4

bln bln

Microsoft Intel $ 401.3

$ 347.4 bln bln

Facebook $ 218.7 Oracle $ 232.4

bln bln

Amazon $ 171.9 Sun Micro.

bln $ 164.5 bln

Intel $ 151.3 Dell $ 131.5 bln

bln

Gilead $ 147.8 Qualcomm $ 96.4

bln bln

Cisco $ 147.2 Yahoo $ 93.7 bln

bln

Comcast $ 125.8 Applied

bln Materials

$ 74.6 bln

Qualcomm $ 119.3 JDS Uniphase

bln $ 68.9 bln

No of stocks March 10, 2015 March 10, 2000

trading at $ 100

or higher

73 210

No of Nasdaq 2014 1999

IPOs in

previous year

189 397

Biggest Nasdaq 2014 1999

IPO

JD.com Inc Charter Comms.

$ 2.05bln $ 3.7 bln

Percentage of March 9, 2015 2000

Nasdaq cos in

tech industry

43 pct 64.9 pct

Dividend 2014 2000

payouts by

Nasdaq cos

$ 77.98 bln $ 14.14 bln

Best Picture 2015 2000

Oscar winner

Birdman American Beauty

Top rated TV March 2-8 2015 1999-2000

shows

The Big Bang Survivor

Theory

No 1 song: Week of March March 4 – March

Billboard Top 14 2015 11, 2000

100

“Uptown Funk” “Amazed” by

by Mark Ronson Lonestar

Data from Nasdaq, Reuters data, Nielsen, Billboard

(Reporting by Sinead Carew and Chuck Mikolajczak; Editing by Linda Stern and Leslie Adler)

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