Have you ever dreamed of knowing how to read the stock table whenever you open the newspaper, the NASDAQ screen or those business news channels on TV? Well, you have come to the right place because today you would be able to find out how to do that. An advantage of knowing how to read it is that you will get to monitor your stocks whether it is improving or you are not getting success from it.
- The first two columns are where you will find peak prices made by a stock in a year. When I said peak prices, this includes both the highest and lowest that were traded in the current year but not the day before it was showed on screen or a printed material.
- You will find the name of the company and the type of stock it holds on the third column. You will notice some symbols or letters that go after its name and if you don’t see any of those next to it, then I can guarantee you that they are called common stocks. Symbols also represent a stock’s class of share as well.
- You are probably wondering about those alphabetic name that distinguishes the stock, those are the ticker symbols and you can find that on the fourth symbol. If you watch any financial or business channels, you will see what I’m talking about because are the ones that are always moving on the screen. If you want to keep track of the stock or company that you invested in, you have got to research for its symbol online.
- The Dividend Per Share is next and it is on the fifth column. It indicates the yearly dividend payment that a stock has per its share. If you see that there is no amount placed in it, then it means the stock or company did not pay out its dividends as of the moment.
- Let’s now go to column 6 where you can see the Dividend Yield. This is a dividend’s percentage return.
- The seventh column is for the price ratio.
- The trading volume is found on the eighth column. If you want to keep up with the number of shares that were done trading for a day, this is your go-to column. It would be a little bit overwhelming since its list is made in hundreds.
- For the price range that a company or stock had made through trading in the current, columns 9 and 10 are the ones you should be looking at. It is called the day high and low column.
- The last trading price of the day in the market can be determined on column 11.
- The final column is the twelfth and it’s the net change. This is the change in the value of the stock price from the day before it closed.
These are so far the basic things you need to know in learning how to read a stock table.