Q. What is a Ticker Symbol
A ticker symbols is a sort of identification
tag for a stock. It is comparable to a person's social security
number. For instance, if you wanted to find information on
Coca-Cola, you could go to a page such as Yahoo Finance and
enter "KO" into the symbol box. After pressing the submit
button, the site will bring up all the information you need on
the Coca-Cola company.
The ticker symbol is used mostly for placing
orders with brokers and looking up information on particular
company / stock.
You can tell which exchange a stock trades on
based on the number of letters in its ticker symbol. Stocks with
four or more letters, for example, trade on the NASDAQ.