Stocks are listed on the market by short names known as ticker symbols.

NYSE:APLE? NASDAQ:MSFT? NASDAQ:GOOGL? Do any of those names ring a bell? Ticker symbols may look like hieroglyphics, but they’re actually pretty easy to get your head around. The first part of the title relates to the stock exchange (NYSE – New York Stock Exchange) and the second refers to the company (APLE – Apple). When you search the ticker symbol “MSFT” on Google or your broker’s website, the result will be the most recent price investors have paid for Microsoft shares.

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The ticker is the simplest way to research a company and their stock prices. This is because the ticker is consistently used by websites from every corner of Earth – regardless of language.

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