Stock Market

How to Read A Stock Table/Quote and What Can it Teach Us

Anyone who wants to trade stocks need to learn how to read a basic stock table/quote. Every publisher of stock tables/quotes will supply slightly different information so we’ll use the sample stock table/quote below to explain some of the most common, and most important items found on a stock table/quote.

52 week

Shows the high and low price of the stock over the past 52 weeks.

Stock

This is the name of the company offering the stock.

Sym

The stock ticker symbol that is used to easily identify the stock.

Vol

The volume, or number of shares sold in the most recent trading day.

Yld %

Yield can be calculated as cost yield (current dividend / purchase price) or current yield (current dividend / current price).

P/E

The current price-earnings ratio for the stock, which is the ratio of current stock price to earnings per share over the past 12 months.

High

This is the highest price the stock sold for in the most recent trading day.

Low

This is the lowest price the stock sold for in the most recent trading day.

Close

This is the price of the stock at the moment the exchange closed on the most recent trading day.

Net Chg

The net change is how much the price of the stock increased or decreased between the most recent two trading days.