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What Do Stock Market Symbols Mean?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Stock market symbols help to simplify the process of buying and selling stocks. They identify each company or corporation uniquely.

These symbols may be numbers, letters, or both. It is important to note that the ticker symbol is another way of naming these.

In the United States, if is very common to have stock market symbols that only have letters.

This was done so that there would be continuity among the stocks. The term ticker refers to the sound that the machines used to make when the stocks changed during exchanges.

Symbols in the NASDAQ are about four or five symbols long. NYSE symbols have one to three characters. AMEX symbols all have about two or three characters in them.

If is up to the company to decide how they would like their stock market symbols to display. Budweiser goes by the symbol BUD. Companies often arrange their symbols in a way that will attract buyers and sellers.

The reason that symbols are used is because it makes it easier for people to work with.

The stock market is a very fast moving place that requires snap decisions. Any delay could mean that money is lost. Symbols are a very efficient way to streamline the process of buying and selling stocks.

Some companies have made the decision to transfer from the NYSE to NASDAQ. Since name and symbol recognition is so important to them, the decision was made to allow companies to keep their three letter symbols if they want.

This ruling was very popular amongst the companies who were petitioning for it.

If you're interested in purchasing stocks, you'll need to learn the symbols of the companies you are interested in. They provide their symbols in order to make it easier for you to buy and sell.

There are many symbols that are extremely close to one another, since they use so few characters. Double-check everything before you buy. Also check everything when you look the stock up, as you don't want to misread one and think one stock is doing well by mistake or poorly by mistake.

Stock market symbols make everything easier for everyone to buy and sell. There are a different number of characters for each company depending on which program they are in. Always get to know the exact symbol of the stock you're interested in so that no mistakes are made.


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