How to Read Stock Quotes
Stock quotes are a “snapshot” of how a particular stock is moving in the market. Every financial website, newspaper, or media will have stock quotes.
It is important to know how to read them because they can provide you a detailed understanding of where the company you are researching is standing at the current moment.
Click the spot bubbles to expand (Interactive).
|Net Change||This is the dollar value change in the stock price from the previous day’s closing price.|
|Close||It shows at what price the stock closed at during that trading day.|
|Trading Volume||It shows the total number of shares traded for the day. It is calculated in hundreds, simply add two “00’s” to get the real number of shares traded within the day.|
|Dividend Yield||The percentage return on the dividend. Simply calculated as annual dividends per share divided by price per share.|
|Dividend||This indicates the annual dividend payment per share. If this space is blank, the company does not currently pay out dividends.|
|Stock Symbol||This is the Acronym we use to find the company we are looking for in the stock market. It usually ranges from 3-5 letters.|
|52-Week Hi or Lo||This simply indicates how High or Low the price of the stock has been in the past 52 weeks (1yr.)|
|Year To Date % Change|| You can see how much a company has gained or loss from the beginning of fiscal year (January) to the current date.|