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

March 11, 2015

Happy anniversary, Nasdaq. It has been 15 years since the dot.com bubble peaked on March 10, 2000, and the Nasdaq composite index 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 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 ratio March 2015 1999
20.75 189.7
No. of companies trading on Nasdaq March 2015 1999
2,565 4,715
Top 10 Components by market cap (blns) March 10, 2015 March 10, 2000
Apple $724.6 Microsoft $525.4
Google $382.3 Cisco $466.4
Microsoft $347.4 Intel $401.3
Facebook $218.7 Oracle $232.4
Amazon $171.9 Sun Micro. $164.5
Intel $151.3 Dell $131.5
Gilead $147.8 Qualcomm $96.4
Cisco $147.2 Yahoo $93.7
Comcast $125.8 Applied Materials
$74.6
Qualcomm $119.3 JDS Uniphase $68.9
No of stocks trading at $100 or higher March 10, 2015 March 10, 2000
73 210
No of Nasdaq IPOs in previous year 2014 1999
189 397
Biggest Nasdaq IPO 2014 1999
JD.com Inc $2.05 bln Charter Comms. $3.7 bln
Percentage of Nasdaq cos in tech industry March 9, 2015 2000
43 pct 64.9 pct
Dividend payouts by Nasdaq cos 2014 2000
$77.98 bln $14.14 bln
Best Picture Oscar winner 2015 2000
Birdman American Beauty
Top rated TV shows March 2-8 2015 1999-2000
The Big Bang Theory Survivor
No 1 song: Billboard Top 100 Week of March 14 2015 March 4-11, 2000
“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson “Amazed” by Lonestar

(Additional reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak)

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