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Finance Dictionary and Glossary of Investment Terms
A system of letters used to uniquely identify a stock or mutual fund. Symbols with up to three letters are used for stocks which are listed and trade on an exchange. Symbols with four letters are used for Nasdaq stocks. Symbols with five letters are used for Nasdaq stocks other than single issues of common stock. Symbols with five letters ending in X are used for mutual funds. also called ticker symbol.
A unique, market-approved code that identifies a particular security on an exchange. The symbol generally reflects the name of the security. For example, the symbol for Microsoft stock is MSFT. Also known as the ""ticker symbol.""
Letters used to identify companies on the consolidated tape and other locations.