The stock market is filled with intricate words and acronyms that can intimidate the novice investor. In this brief article, you will learn some of the basic financial terms and concepts that will appear when reading a basic stock table.
Above is a sample stock table taken from Yahoo! At the top of the table you will see the name of the stock Annaly Capital Management, Inc. This ticker symbol is unique to this company and is typically assigned to it by the stock exchange on which it is traded. Following the ticker symbol, you will see the acronym, NYSE. This is the closing price of the stock during the last trading session, which usually refers to yesterday.
The offering price at which current would-be buyers are willing to pay for the stock. This is also the price that current sellers are likely to receive if they sell immediately at the market. The price at which current stockholders are willing to sell their shares of stock. This is also the price that current buyers are likely to pay if they were to purchase shares at current market prices. This data field is uncommon when looking at some stock tables.
Finance, this refers to the median target price forecast by analysts covering the stock. I tend to ignore this data on Yahoo as it is not updated regularly and is rarely correct. Beta is a historical measurement of the volatility of a stock as compared to the stock market as a whole. The higher this number, the more volatility the investor should expect. A lower beta number, however, implies that the stock is less volatile than the overall stock market. Companies typically report their earnings four times per year, or every quarter.
This data field simply refers to the next earnings reporting date for this company. This refers to the highest and lowest price that the stock has reached during the current or last, if the markets are closed trading session.
Here you will find the highest and lowest price that the stock has reached over the last 52 week time period. I tend to avoid trading stocks that have extremely low volume.
Because getting in and out of thinly traded, low volume stocks can be difficult. Average Volume 3 months: The average volume of the stock over the last 3 months. This number is helpful to determine if the trading volume during the current session is higher or lower than average. This refers to market capitalization, which is the total value of the company. Market cap is calculated by multiplying the total number of shares outstanding by the last price of the stock.
This simply means that the earnings per share EPS being calculated is from the last 12 months. The higher that this number is, the better. This data field provides the dividend and yield figures for the stock. A dividend is a regular payment made by the company out of its profits to existing shareholders. The yield is simply the dividend in percentage terms when divided by the current price per share. While large dividends can be attractive to investors, beware if the dividend appears extremely high.
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