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Stock Lobster   Sunday, 12/31/06 02:25:09 PM
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fyi: How to Read a Detailed Stock Quote Table

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A detailed stock quote table provides one with much more information than just the current market price of the stock. Being able to understand a stock quote table is essential when investing in the market. You may obtain detailed stock quotes from any of the major financial sites such as Yahoo Finance or CBS Marketwatch. Here is an example of a detailed stock quote table for Microsoft from Yahoo Finance.

The following explains the major components of a typical detailed stock quote table.

Ticker Symbol: This is the unique 3 or 4 letter name which identifies the stock for purposes of trading on a particular exchange. For example, the ticker symbol for Microsoft is MSFT. If you wish to obtain a stock quote online, you search for a company by its ticker symbol. If you don't know what a particular company's ticker symbol is, you can search for it by company name at most major financial sites such as Yahoo Finance.

Last Trade: The most recent price at which the security was traded. All quotes are updated continuously throughout the day as further trades are made.

Trade Time: The time of the most recent trade of a particular stock.

Change: The difference between the previous day's closing price and the most recent price of the stock.

Prev Close: The last trading price for the stock recorded when the market closed on the previous day.

Open: The price of the stock's first trade of the day. This is the price of the stock as of the market open. Trading opens at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

Close: The close is the last trading price recorded when the market closed on the day.

Bid: The price at which a market maker or stock exchange trader is prepared to buy a particular security from an investor.

Ask: The price at which a market maker or stock exchange trader offers to sell a given security to an investor.

Day's Range: This refers to the price range at which the stock has traded at throughout the day. It represents the maximum and the minimum prices that investors have paid for the stock during a particular market day.

52wk Range: This refers to the price range at which the stock has traded at during the past 52 weeks. It represents the maximum and the minimum prices that investors have paid for the stock during the preceding one year period.

Volume: How many shares of a particular company traded that day.

Change: The difference between the previous day's closing price and the most recent price of the stock.

Market Cap: The value of a company as determined by multiplying the total amount of its outstanding shares by the current market price per share.

P/E: This is the company's Price/Earnings Ratio, calculated by dividing the current stock price by earnings per share from the last four quarters.

Dividend Per Share: This indicates the annual dividend payment per share for a company that currently pays out dividends.


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