Nasdaq Cloud Data Service

Efficient delivery of real-time exchange data and other financial information


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QuantTerminal Founder & Lead Software Engineer Daniel Tochner turned to Nasdaq's Cloud API to help fuel his platform.

Nasdaq Cloud Data Service (NCDS) provides a flexible and efficient method of delivery for real-time exchange data and other financial information. Data is made available through a suite of APIs, allowing for effortless integration of data from disparate sources, and a dramatic reduction in time to market for customer-designed applications. The API is highly scalable, and robust enough to support the delivery of real-time exchange data.

Read our latest NCDS case studyNasdaq Cloud Data Service Provides Real-Time Data with Efficiency and Scale to Fintech Newcomer Unhedged

Products Currently Available

Nasdaq Basic & Nasdaq Last Sale+

An alternative to Level 1 data, providing Nasdaq Last Sale (NLS) and top of book quotations (Nasdaq Basic).

Nasdaq Basic is the leading exchange-provided alternative for real-time Best Bid and Offer and Last Sale information for all U.S. exchange-listed stocks*.
With Basic, investors access a proprietary data product that provides accuracy, liquidity, instrument coverage and accessibility with significant cost-savings.

* Based on liquidity within the Nasdaq market center, as well as trades reported to the FINRA Trade Reporting Facility® (TRF®) operated in partnership with FINRA/Nasdaq TRF®



Nasdaq Basic Canada

The accurate, cost-effective alternative for Level 1 Canadian equities data

Nasdaq Basic Canada combines data from Nasdaq CXC, Nasdaq CX2, and Nasdaq CXD into a single market data product, providing customers with a seamless way to incorporate the combined Nasdaq Canada Level 1 offering into their existing platforms. 

On average, Nasdaq Basic Canada is within 1% of Last Sale 99.4% of the time, and Bid/Ask is available 98.3% of the time for the TSX Composite.

Fee Waiver: Take advantage of $0 fees for Basic Canada from June 1st - September 30th, 2020!

Nasdaq TotalView

The standard Nasdaq data feed for serious traders - TotalView displays the full order book depth for Nasdaq market participants.

Beyond Level 1, at more than 20x the liquidity of Level 2, Nasdaq offers the most complete market book with all the information you need to bring your investing decisions to the next level.

Nasdaq TotalView displays the full order book depth on Nasdaq, including shows you every single quote and order at every price level in Nasdaq-, NYSE-, NYSE American- and regional-listed securities on Nasdaq. 

TotalView also disseminates the Net Order Imbalance Indicator (NOII) for the Nasdaq Opening and Closing Crosses and Nasdaq IPO/Halt Cross.



Nasdaq BX TotalView and Nasdaq PSX TotalView are also available via NCDS.  The feeds include every single quote and order at every price level in Nasdaq-, NYSE-, regional-listed securities for the respective market centers.

Global Index Data Service

Real-time and historical Index data for the diverse suite of Nasdaq & other Global Indexes.

GIDS provides data recipients, either directly or through a third-party distributor, the opportunity to reduce network, administrative and data center costs by taking one data feed, rather than many. 

GIDS also provides greater dissemination frequency for select indexes, allowing for better trading performance and portfolio valuations. The real-time feed also standardizes message formats for index and ETF values to facilitate the processing of cross-market data.


Nasdaq Fund Network

Daily performance, NAV, valuation, and strategy-level reference data, such as fund asset focus, sector focus and expenses, for over 35,000 global investable products.

The Nasdaq Fund Network (NFN) facilitates the collection and dissemination of performance, NAV, valuation, and strategy-level reference data for over 35,000 investable products to 100 million plus investors.
Members of the service register their products on the network and receive a unique symbol. The service then disseminates the data, making it searchable on one of the largest distribution channels, which pipes into online brokerages and major market data vendors.

Product issuers and asset managers benefit from an automated service that helps bring more awareness to and gather assets for new and existing products. Also, both institutional and retail investors, as well as the general investing public, benefit from daily access to transparent fund-level data for a wide range of products to help inform investment decisions.

Nasdaq Smart Options

The Nasdaq Smart Options data feed is designed to provide a cost-efficient, low-bandwidth alternative to the full Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA) data feed while still delivering the necessary dataset that firms require for options trading.

  • Acquire data with 80% less bandwidth requirement over the standard OPRA data feed
  • Reduce operating costs typically required to support the full OPRA feed
  • View the same critical national best bid and offer, trade data and administrative messages without consuming the full OPRA dataset
  • Better manage constantly increasing data rates
  • Access Nasdaq Smart Options data from Nasdaq NY Metro area data centers

View the specs page on the Nasdaq Trader for more details:


Historical Data

Consolidated end-of-day data from all major U.S. Exchanges.

View the specs page on the Nasdaq Trader for more details:

Financial News

Nasdaq has partnered with Benzinga and MT Newswires to deliver API options for unbiased, real-time market updates.

Benzinga Market Newswires

Benzinga leverages their industry experience as both journalists and financial market practitioners to deliver actionable, market-moving news and financial data insights. Through their in-house proprietary content and curated partner network, Benzinga covers the entire financial data spectrum from standard financial data through alternative datasets. Their news and data powers many of the world's largest online brokerage platforms.

The Benzinga Market Newswires available on NCDS feed features:

  • Coverage of Wilshire 5,000 + 1,000 additional U.S. equities and ETFs, and other non-tagged assets such as cryptocurrencies
  • Reporting on financial news topics influencing public markets
  • 24 hours of streaming data


For Benzinga Market Newswires Cloud spec information, please email or visit the NCDS Cloud Protocol page on Github.

MT Newswires

MT Newswires is an industry leader in original financial news covering equities, commodities, fixed income, global economies and forex. Their worldwide network of skilled and respected financial journalists, editors and economists work to deliver exclusive news and insights. Flagship products include Live Briefs PRO Global Markets, Live Briefs PRO Global FX, and Live Briefs Investor US.

Their products provide investors and traders with up-to-the-minute coverage on financial markets that is likely to affect their portfolios. Every story is ticket-tagged and category-coded, providing a seamless platform integration.

For MT Newswires Cloud spec information, please email or visit the NCDS Cloud Protocol page on Github.

  • Special pricing now available for Fintech firms looking to enhance their offering! Email us to learn more.

Content Partners

Interested in streaming your content via the Nasdaq Cloud Data Service?

The NCDS is designed to grow in scope to ensure clients have access to all of the essential data, resources, news and insights needed to track the markets.

If you are interested in streaming content via our Cloud API, or have a request for content, please email

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    Features & Benefits


    Data is consolidated and model-ready. Reduced operational effort resulting in faster speed to market for customer-designed applications.


    Only take the specific data that you need, when you need it.


    APIs are scalable to meet nearly any type of implementation.


    Receive real-time market data via cloud-based APIs that utilize open-source data and delivery standards. Eliminate the need for server co-location.


    Standard metrics and analytics including daily high, low, open, close, and volume, are readily available for the data requested.


    Seamlessly integrate both real-time and historical data into your application.

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