Inv101 – WSS/HTMW – 3-01 How to Look Up a “Ticker Symbol”

3-01 How to Look Up a “Ticker Symbol”

The first thing you must understand about trading stocks is that the exchanges have assigned each stock a unique “ticker symbol” for identification purposes. When researching stocks, getting quotes, and placing trades, you usually have to know the ticker symbol.

Stock ticker symbols are usually 1 to 5 letters long. (Occasionally they contain a “.” or a “-” to designate a subtle difference or class of shares.). Some of the oldest and biggest companies have only one letter as their stock symbol:

  • C (Citigroup)
  • F (Ford Motors)
  • T (AT&T)
  • X (U.S. Steel)
  • Z (Woolworth)

Ticker symbols for some of the largest and most widely held stocks are below. These are the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average that you hear quoted all of the time:

The Dow Jones Industrial Average consists of the following 30 companies:

CompanySymbolIndustryDate Added
American Express Co AXP Consumer Finance 8/30/1982
Amgen IncAMGN Biotechnology8/31/2020
Apple IncAAPLTechnology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals3/18/2015
Boeing CoBAAerospace and Defense3/12/1987
Caterpillar Inc CATConstruction Machinery & Heavy Trucks5/6/1991
Cisco SystemsCSCOCommunications Equipment6/8/2009
Chevron CorpCVXIntegrated Oil & Gas2/19/2008
Goldman Sachs Group IncGSInvestment Banking & Brokerage9/20/2013
Home Depot IncHDHome improvement retailer11/1/1999
Honeywell International IncHONIndustrial Conglomerates 8/31/2020
International Business Machines CorpIBMIT Consulting & Other Services6/29/1976
Intel CorpINTCSemiconductors11/1/1999
Johnson & JohnsonJNJPharmaceuticals3/17/1997
Coca-Cola CoKOSoft Drinks3/12/1987
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPMDiversified Banks5/6/1991
McDonald’s Corp MCDRestaurants10/30/1985
3M CoMMMIndustrial Conglomerates8/91976
Merck & Co Inc MRKPharmaceuticals6/29/1979
Microsoft CorpMSFTSystems Software11/1/1999
Nike IncNKEApparel, Accessories & Luxury Goods9/20/2013
Procter & Gamble CoPGPersonal Products5/26/1932
Travelers Companies Inc TRVProperty & Casualty Insurance6/8/2009
UnitedHealth Group IncUNHManaged Health Care9/14/2012
Salesforce IncCRMApplication Software8/31/2020
Verizon Communications VZIntegrated Telecommunication Services4/8/2004
Visa IncVData Processing & Outsourced Services9/20/2004
Walgreens Boots Alliance IncWBADrug Retail6/26/2018
Wal-Mart IncWMTHypermarkets & Super Centers3/17/1997
Walt Disney CoDISBroadcasting and Entertainment5/6/1991
Dow IncDOWCommodity Chemicals4/1/2019

Some ticker symbols have a sense of humor like LUV (Southwest Airlines), and YUM (Yum Brands), which owns Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut.