I am having trouble with the difference between stockmarkets and stock markets — or should it be stock-markets? In some articles it is introduced as stockmarkets, but that term is not found in the dictionary.

I need more clarification about the difference between them and which one is more correct to use.

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    "stockmarket" = "stock-market" -- see a good dictionary. I would suggest using the word "stockmarket," which is already well-established.
    – Kris
    Nov 18, 2014 at 14:37

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It is Stock Market or equity market: (from Wikipedia)

  • is the aggregation of buyers and sellers (a loose network of economic transactions, not a physical facility or discrete entity) of stocks (also called shares); these may include securities listed on a stock exchange as well as those only traded privately.

Definition of 'Stock market': (from Investopedia)

  • The market in which shares of publicly held companies are issued and traded either through exchanges or over-the-counter markets. Also known as the equity market.

Ngram stock market vs stock-market

Personally I have very rarely seen it as one word. Ngram has no evidence of stock market as a single word.

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    And the NGram results are picking up the use of the hyphenated stock-market as an adjective (hyphenating compound nouns when used as adjectives is commonly recommended). See Ngram. I would use stock market for the noun. Nov 18, 2014 at 15:09

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