It is the Sensex’s counterpart on the National Stock Exchnage, NSE.
The only difference between the two indices (the Sensex and Nifty) is that the Nifty comprises of 50 companies and hence is more broad-based than the Sensex.
Having said that one must remember that the Sensex is the benchmark that represents Indian equity markets globally.
The Nifty 50 or the S&P CNX Nifty as the index is officially called has all the 30 Sensex stocks.
The NSE Nifty functions exactly like (explained above) the BSE Sensex.
History of Nifty:
S&P CNX Nifty is a well diversified 50 stock index accounting for 21 sectors of the economy. It is used for a variety of purposes such as benchmarking fund portfolios, index based derivatives and index funds.
S&P CNX Nifty is owned and managed by India Index Services and Products Ltd. (IISL), which is a joint venture between NSE and CRISIL. IISL is India’s first specialised company focused upon the index as a core product. IISL has a Marketing and licensing agreement with Standard & Poor’s (S&P), who are world leaders in index services.
The traded value for the last six months of all Nifty stocks is approximately 44.89% of the traded value of all stocks on the NSE
- Nifty stocks represent about 58.64% of the total market capitalization as on March 31, 2008.
- Impact cost of the S&P CNX Nifty for a portfolio size of Rs.2 crore is 0.15%
- S&P CNX Nifty is professionally maintained and is ideal for derivatives trading
Source : NSE