Stock Market

How to Read A Stock Table/Quote and what can we learn from it

Most financial papers for stock quotes look kind of the same and are separated in columns, each depicting a different variant and showing something different for a certain list of things.

For example, the first two columns are for the Week High and Low which depict the highest and lowest prices a stock was traded for the last year (fifty two weeks) and it is typical to not include the previous day’s trading price values though. Up next, on the third column, one can find the name of the company that is selling the stock and the type of stock they are selling. If there are no extra special symbols next to the company’s name then it is considered to be a common stock seller. For example the letters “pf” would mean that it’s a preferred stock.

Following is the fourth column with the ticker symbol which is basically the alphabetic name that identifies the stock itself. If you’ve been following financial TV, then you might have noticed the ticker tape that moves across the screen showing a stock’s latest price in the market. On the other hand, if you are looking up stock prices on the internet then you can find what you are looking for way faster by typing the company’s ticker symbol.

Next up is the fifth column which shows the dividend payment per share owned. The sixth column shows the percentage return from each dividend. The seventh column explains the ratio of price divided by earnings. The eight depicts the trading volume, the ninth and tenth the high and low costs of the stock’s cost and the eleventh column the close. The close is basically the last trading price that the stock was seen at last time it was checked that time. Last but not least, there is the twelfth column which shows net change, which is basically the dollar value change of the stock’s price compared to the previous day’s closing price.