Why is the BetaShares NASDAQ 100 ETF (NDQ) having such a stellar run today?

This US tech share ETF is on fire today. Here's why…

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ASX shares are having a top day of gains so far this Thursday. At present, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) has risen by a healthy 0.85% all the way up to just under 7,350 points. But those gains look rather small in comparison to what's happening with the BetaShares NASDAQ 100 ETF (ASX: NDQ).

This index-tracking exchange-traded fund (ETF) is rocketing in value today. BetaShares NASDAQ 100 ETF units are currently enjoying a 2.78% surge in value, lifting the fund up to $27.38 per unit.

So what's behind these pleasing rises this Thursday?

Why is the BetaShares NASDAQ 100 ETF surging in value?

Well, the BetaShares NASDAQ ETF is an index fund that tracks the NASDAQ-100 (NASDAQ: NDX) over in the United States. The NASDAQ 100 is an index that tracks the 100 largest shares on the NASDAQ stock exchange, excluding certain financial companies.

The NASDAQ is well known for being the home of most of the top tech shares on the US markets. Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN), Netflix Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX), Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG)(NASDAQ: GOOGL) and Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) all call the NASDAQ home. As you can tell by their ticker codes.

So as goes the performance of the NASDAQ 100 Index, so goes the BetaShares NASDAQ 100 ETF.

And lo and behold, the NASDAQ 100 had a stellar night last night in US trading. The iIndex finished the session up a rather extraordinary 4.58% to back over 12,000 points.

That's a two-and-a-half-month high. These gains were spurred by the likes of Apple rising close to 5%, Alphabet soaring more than 6%, and Tesla rocketing an incredible 7.67%.

So the BetaShares NASDAQ ETF was always going to have a cracking day. Why isn't it rising by 4.58% like its index, though?

Well, the BetaShares NASDAQ ETF houses assets priced in US dollars. But it is quoted in Australian dollars. Thus, currency movements affect its value, alongside the value of its underlying shares.

And while the US markets rocketed overnight, so too did the Australian dollar. A higher Aussie dollar means that US shares become less valuable in Australian dollar terms. So hence the more muted gains we have seen with the ETF.

Nevertheless, there's no doubt investors are very happy with this ETF today.

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Suzanne Frey, an executive at Alphabet, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Motley Fool contributor Sebastian Bowen has positions in Alphabet, Amazon.com, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix and Tesla. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended Alphabet, Amazon.com, Apple, BetaShares Nasdaq 100 ETF, Microsoft, Netflix, and Tesla. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has recommended the following options: long March 2023 $120 calls on Apple and short March 2023 $130 calls on Apple. The Motley Fool Australia has positions in and has recommended BetaShares Nasdaq 100 ETF. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Alphabet, Amazon.com, Apple, and Netflix. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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