Introduction to Personal Investing


Specifically, what do ticker symbols indicate?

When you see ticker symbols moving across a screen, they usually tell us several things. The abbreviated letters, of one to five characters in length, indicate on what exchange the stock is listed. Symbols that are from one to three characters represent companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange, while symbols that are four or five characters represent companies listed on the NASDAQ Exchange. What you often see after the stock symbol is a recent price, change in price, and, in some instances, the volume of shares traded. You still see ticker symbols today, and the above information floating across a television screen or monitor as you watch financial programming or peruse financial websites.


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