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Welcome! This is the place for Acronym's & Computer Lingo, we hope you find this information helpful, and we appreciate any that you may wish to add to our growing list.
The Ibox / Board Header currently consists of four sections:
The first section lists stock trading specific acronyms.
The second section discusses trading terms that are not necessarily acronyms, and goes into a lot more detail, including links to more information.
The third section lists internet wide acronyms, and other fun acronyms, that you might see from time to time, but most have nothing to do with trading.
The fourth section lists Ihub (InvestorsHub) specific acronyms, verbiage and terminology.
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Please feel free to correct or add to any definitions posted if you know they might be wrong or incomplete.
Ihub/Stock trading acronyms. Please post any and all acronyms,with explanation, and we will enter them for all to understand and use. Do not feel it may not be suitable, or too simple, we have many new investors. They will be able to print the page and have them readily available.
ADCOM - Advisory Committee
AF - Audited Financials
AH - After Hours
AM - After Market
AON - All Or None. If you want to buy or sell a certain amount of shares in one block, you enter a AON order.
AS or A/S - Authorized Shares: The shares the company is authorized to sell or to issue to employees, officers, or to vendors for goods and services.
Ax - One market maker that seems to control the supply/demand of a security or stock. Plural is the axes.
BD - Broker Dealer, about 2000 in US
BDC - Business Development Company. A publicly traded closed end investment company. Stock issued by a BDC is exempt from registration under the Securties and Exchange Act. The stock can be immediately sold into the market. The amount is limited to $5,000,000 per year.
BK - Bankruptcy
BOD - Board Of Directors
CEDE - Name for Depository Trust Clearing Company (DTCC), a large clearing house that holds shares in its name for banks, brokers and institutions in order to expedite the sale and transfer of stock..
CC - Conference Call
COB - Close Of Business
DD - Due Diligence: The act of investigating a company.(Accurate DD is next to impossible with Pink Sheet companies.)
DIVY - Dividend: Could be paid in cash, or in additional shares to a stockholder. Would not be considered a stock split.
DTCC - Depository Trust Clearing Corporation. Central back office for all stock trades in the US.
EBITDA - Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation And Amortization.
ECN - ECN is electronic communications network, it's essentially a fully electronic market maker.
EOD - End Of Day. The end of trading activity for the day.
EOM - End of Message/Month
EOW - End Of Week
EPS - Earnings Per Share.
EULA - End User License Agreement
F - Float. The shares that are in public hands, and freely trading. IOW, restricted shares and shares closely held by insiders are not considered to be in the float.
FA - Fundamental Analysis. The facts and figures of a company.
FINRA - Created in July 2007 through the consolidation of NASD and the member regulation, enforcement and arbitration functions of the New York Stock Exchange. The largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. Their chief role is to protect investors by maintaining the fairness of the U.S capital markets.
FS or F/S - Forward Split: If a stock forward splits 1 to 2 you will have twice as many shares, but the SP (Share Price) will be cut in half.
FTD - Failure To Deliver (more info in center section)
FUD - Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt
GTC - Good Til Canceled - You put in a GTC order if you want it to stay on the books until it's executed.
HAM - Hard As a Mutherf*cker...as in, "I want a HAM run to $600 for AAPL"
HOD - High Of Day: The highest price the stock traded that day.
IR - Investor Relations
IRP - Investor Relations Professional
LOI - Letter Of Intent
L2 - Level 2 - An essential tool that any serious trader requires. Gives a clear picture of the bid/ask and demand/supply.
IHM - In-Case I Haven't Mentioned
IMO - In My Opinion.
KISS - Keep it simple stupid.
MA - Micheal Anthony - "FRTL was a MA shell." If you see this it refers to Michael Anthony. He controls and sells a lot of publicly traded shells.
MOASS - Mother Of All Short Squeezes. Something that never happens in penny stocks, but is talked about a lot.
MOMO - Momentum trading.
MM - Market Maker, An Entity Required To Facilitate The Buy And Sell In The Markets.
MMJ - Medical Marijuana
NAO - North American Operations.
NOBO - Non-Objecting Beneficial Owner - A beneficial owner who gives permission to a financial intermediary to release the owner's name and address to the company(ies) or issuer(s) in which they have bought securities. You will probably see it referred to as a NOBO List.
NSS - Naked Short Shares Or Naked Short Selling. Almost never happens in penny stocks, but is talked about a lot.
OB/OS - Overbought / Oversold
OS or O/S - Outstanding Shares. Shares the company has sold or issued to officers, employees or vendors.
OT - Off Topic. Off topic posts should never be posted on Ihub's stcck boards, even in they are marked as OT.
OTC - Over The Counter (Non-Reporting, a.k.a. Pink Sheets)
OTCBB - Over The Counter Bulletin Board (Sec Reporting).
PE or P/E - Price to Earnings Ratio. Something you almost never have to worry about with penny stocks, because most never earn anything.
PIPE - Private Investment In Public Equity. A private investment firm's, mutual fund's, or other qualified investor's purchase of stock in a company at a discount to the current market value per share for the purpose of raising capital. Popular due to the relative efficiency in time and costs and fewer regulatory issues.
PL - Pinksheet Listed or Pink - Limited Information
PM - Pre-Market, or Private Message
PK - Pink Sheet stock
POG - Price of Gold
POR - Plan Of Reorganization
POS - Piece of Sh*t Note: Some moderators might remove this as vulgarity. You'll soon learn which boards you can use it on and which ones you can't.
PP - Private placement. Large blocks of stock may be crossed off the open market.
PPM - Private placement memorandum. Any type of offering of securities to any number of private accredited investors. It lays out all the details of an imvestment.
PPS - Price Per Share
PS - Pink Sheet, or Per Share
PSAR - Parabolic Stop and Reverse (more info with link in the center section)
PUI - Posting Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs.
ROI - Return on investment.
R/M - Reverse Merger - It's almost always accompanied by a Reverse Split (R/S)
RS or R/S - Reverse Split: If a stock Reverse Splits, say 2 to 1, technically you will have half the amount of shares, but each share will be worth twice as much. Frequently in the case of penny stocks though, the stock will open way lower than it should after a R/S.(Could also mean Restricted Shares)
SOR - Shareholder Of Record
SOP - Standard operating procedure.
SOX - Sarbanes Oxley - Description in the middle section.
SP - Share Price
SS - Short Selling or Shares Short
ST - Could mean Short Term, or Shares Traded. You will have to decide what you think it means or ask the author.
STO - Stochastic- Definition in the middle section
SW - Stock Warrants are rights to buy shares at a certain price until a certain date. They some time carry a longer time frame, five or more years.
TA or T/A - Transfer Agent Or Technical Analysis. Technical analysis refers to chart reading to see the past trading pattern of a stock and attempt to guess where it's going in the future. Kind of like trying to read a crystal ball, especially with penny stocks.
TBD - To Be Determined
TDA - Time Deposit Account or Tax Deferred Annuity
TMD - The Morning Dip
UT - Uptick
UTING - Upticking
VC - Venture Capital. A type of private equity capital typically provided to immature, high- potential, growth companies in the interest of generating a return, usually cash for shares.
VWAP - Volume Weighted Average Price - A trading benchmark used especially in pension plans. VWAP is calculated by adding up the dollars traded for every transaction (price multiplied by number of shares traded) and then dividing by the total shares traded for the day. The theory is that if the price of a buy trade is lower than the VWAP, it is a good trade. The opposite is true if the price is higher than the VWAP.
This section will deal with trading terms that are not necessarily Acronyms:
EX -Clearing - Brokers settle outside DTCC among themselves.
Financial Reporting - 10Q - Quarterly Financial reports, 10K - Yearly Financial reports, 10QSB -Quarterly Financial For small Business reports, 10KSB -Yearly Financial For Small Business reports.
FTD - Failure to deliver. Situation where the broker-dealer on the sell side of a contract has not delivered securities to the broker-dealer on the buy side. A fail to deliver is usually the result of a broker not receiving delivery from its selling customer. As long as a fail to deliver exists, the seller will not receive payment.
PCAOB - Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. A Private-sector, nonprofit corporation, created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, to oversee the auditors of public companies in order to protect the interests of investors and further the public interest of investors with informative, fair and independent audit reports.
PSAR - The Parabolic SAR (Stop and Reverse) is a system of defining the point of trend's turns; The Parabolic SAR (PSAR) indicator is based on the link between a Forex market's price and time. The basic goals of the Parabolic System is to make reverse orientation of trading positions when the ongoing trend turns. The indicator is called like that due to the fact that when charted, the pattern resembles a parabola or French curve.
Reg FD - Full disclosure, material informatin must be given to all investors at the same time. It is designed to stamp out selective disclosure where large investors receive market moving information before others.
Rule 504 - Rule 504 of Regulation D
Rule 504 of Regulation D provides an exemption from the registration requirements of the federal securities laws for some companies when they offer and sell up to $1,000,000 of their securities in any 12-month period.
SHO - Regulation SHO. Governing short sales, failure to deliver. Must close out position that has lasted 13 consecutive days.
SIC - SIC code, standard industrial classification code.Coding system to identify specific industrial sectors within the federal government.
SOX - Sarbanes Oxley - The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Pub.L. 107-204, 116 Stat. 745, enacted 2002-07-30), also known as the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act of 2002 and commonly called SOX or Sarbox; is a United States federal law enacted on July 30, 2002 in response to a number of major corporate and accounting scandals including those affecting Enron, Tyco International, Adelphia, Peregrine Systems and WorldCom. These scandals, which cost investors billions of dollars when the share prices of the affected companies collapsed, shook public confidence in the nation's securities markets. Named after sponsors Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) and Representative Michael G. Oxley (R-OH), the Act was approved by the House by a vote of 423-3 and by the Senate 99-0. President George W. Bush signed it into law, stating it included "the most far-reaching reforms of American business practices since the time of Franklin D. Roosevelt."
STO - Stochastics - A stochastic process is one whose behavior is non-deterministic in that a state does not fully determine its next state. Stochastic crafts are complex systems whose practitioners, even if complete experts, cannot guarantee success. Classical examples of this are medicine: a doctor can administer the same treatment to multiple patients suffering from the same symptoms, however, the patients may not all react to the treatment the same way. This makes medicine a stochastic process. Additional examples are warfare and rhetoric, where the successes and failures cannot be certainly predicted.
Short Squeeze - Short squeezes result when short sellers are required to cover their positions on a stock.
T+3 - Trade plus three days to cash settlement.
XTrade - Cross trade, when the buy and sell orders are offset without recording the trade on the exchange, illegal except in some situations where both are clients of the same asset manager.
Everyday internet acronyms, used all over the internet, and not just on Ihub. (And other fun acronyms.)
AMF - Adios Mother F*cker
BBL - Be Back Later
BBS - Be Back Soon
BCC - Blind Carbon Copy
BMW - Bitch, Moan, Whine
BTW - By The Way
CC- Carbon Copy
CPH - Couch Potato Head (Sue's spousal unit)
CU - See You
DOA - Dead On Arrival.
DROF - Ford Backwards. Driver Returns On Foot
EOM - This is used on short posts to show a poster reading the message list that there is nothing more to read in the post, so there is no need to click on it and open it. It is extremely ignorant to use it at the end of a long message.
ESAD - Eat Sh*t and Die
FORD - Found On Road Dead/Fix Or Repair Daily
FOS - Full of sh*t
FWIW - For What It's Worth
FUBAR - "F"ed up, beyond all repair.
FYI - For your information
GFY - Go fu*k yourself, or Good for you
GL - Good Luck
GLTA - Good Luck To All
GLTY - Good Luck To You
IKWYM - I Know What You Mean
IOW - In Other Words
IMO - In My Opinion
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
IMST - In My Spare Time
IMNSHO - In My Not So Humble Opinion.
ISO - In search of
IYKWIM - If You Know What I Mean
JIC - Just In Case
JMHO - Just My Humble Opinion
KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid
KMA - Kiss My A**
LIB - Well I'll Be
LMAO - Laughing My A*s Off
LOL - Laughing Out Loud
MOPAR - Mostly Old Parts And Rust
OBTW - Oh, By The Way
OIC - Oh, I see
OMG - Oh My God
OMHO - Only My Humble Opinion
PITA - Pain In The A*s
POS - Parent's Over Shoulder
ROTF - Rolling On The Floor
ROFLMAO - Rolling On Floor Laughing My Ass Off
ROFLMFAO - Rolling On the Floor Laughing My F*cking Ass Off
ROFLMBFAO - Rolling On the Floor Laughing My Big Fat Ass Off
SNAFU - Situation normal, all "F"ed up.
STFU : Shut The F*ck Up
STS - So To Speak
SWAG - Scientific/Special WAG
TANSTAAFL - There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
TBA - To Be Announced
TIA - Thanks in Advance
TGIF - Thank God It's Friday
TGIAF - Thank God It's Almost Friday
TFN - Till Further Notice
TMI - Too Much Information
TTFN - Ta Ta For Now
TTYL - Talk To You Later
TTYS - Talk To You Soon
VBG - Very Big Grin, most often incased between brackets such as: [VBG] or < VBG >
WTF - What The F*ck?
WTH - What The Heck?(PC version)
WTHDIK - What The Heck Do I Know?(PC version)
WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get
YGM - You Got Mail.
This section will explain Ihub (InvestorsHub) specific terms you might see used from time to time.
Admin - Ihub Site Administration
ADVFN - Advanced Financial Networks - The parent company that owns Ihub.
Board Mark - You can Board Mark a board and add it to your Favorites (FAV) List. You can boardmark a board by going to the Ibox page/message list, and you will see a "button" named "Add To Favorites".
Buzz Cloud - The Buzz cloud is an indicator of how frequently a ticker has been searched in the last 24 hours. Heavier, darker tickers are tickers that have been searched more often than lighter, smaller tickers. The colors key off of the stock quote info. Green is up, red is down, black is unchanged. Hovering over a ticker symbol gets you a miniquote.
Favorites Lists - When you click on "Favorites" in your toolbar, it takes you to a page where all of the boards you have boardmarked, and all of the people you have membermarked are listed.
Ibox or ibox - Also sometimes referred to as a "Board Header", the iBox is displayed at the top of any message board and is created and maintained by Moderators and Assistant Moderators. It typically contains a description of the company being discussed and tools such as charts and links for further information.
IRP - Investor Relations Professional - A full explanation of the Ihub IRP program is described in the Ibox on this board: http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/board.aspx?board_id=13944
Member Mark - You can Member Mark a poster and add them to your Favorites (FAV) List. You can membermark a person by going to the posters profile, and you will see a "button" named "Add Person Mark". (This is sometimes referred to as a "peoplemark")
MOD - Moderator - The board manager. The board manager can have up to 6 assistant moderators.
Toolbar - The "navigation" bars. By default, you have two toolbars at the top of every page. One is an ADVFN toolbar, and the other is an Ihub toolbar. You can choose to have them at the bottom of every page too.
The next two terms are interchangeable:
TOS - Terms Of Service
User Agreement: http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/complex_terms.asp
Please feel free to post new ones on the board and a moderator will add them to the growing list.