The NYSE is a physical stock exchange, on which trades are made through specialists and brokers.
Stocks listed on the NYSE usually have a large market capitalization, and a lot of them are blue chips.
Like the NYSE, the AMEX is also a physical stock exchange, on which trades are made through specialists and brokers.
However, market capitalization of stocks listed on the AMEX is relatively small, like that in the ChiNext market in China.
Nasdaq is a non-physical stock exchange that trades through an integrated system. It has more tech stocks and growth stocks.
The OTCBB is an over-the-counter (OTC) platform in the US. Unlike other OTC platforms, the OTCBB was a quotation-only service.
Companies listed on the OTCBB are also required to file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), but trading on the OTCBB is not active because of the poor quality of these companies.
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