Nasdaq includes Google, Yahoo and eBay in Internet index

The Nasdaq Stock Market has announced the launch of a new index that will track the performance of a wide range of Internet companies.

Known as the Nasdaq Internet Index (Nasdaq:QNET), it will track those companies engaged in "a broad range of Internet-related services including internet access providers, Internet search engines, web hosting, website design, and Internet retail commerce".

Nasdaq has been fairly secretive about which companies will be included, but the list has been circulated in the blogosphere and all the major players are there.

They include Amazon, Baidu, Blue Nile, comScore, CNET Networks, Cogent, Digital River, eBay, Expedia, Google, Jupitermedia, Netflix, RealNetworks, Websense and Yahoo.

Nasdaq senior vice president Steven Bloom said: "The Nasdaq Internet Index contains some of the most exciting Internet companies traded on Nasdaq and other US exchanges.

"Given the strength of Nasdaq's brand association with innovation and its market share of Internet company listings, it is logical for Nasdaq to extend investment opportunities through a new benchmark for this dynamic, evolving sector."

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