Introduction to Stock Symbols

This is a quick introduction into the letter symbols that identify stocks according to a variety of details. Each security has a particular letter that has been assigned to it to make it unique and so that you can easily identify it.

A – Class A
B – Class B
C – Issuer qualification exceptions
D – New
E – Delinquent in required filings with the SEC
F – Foreign
G – First convertible bond
H – Second convertible bond, same company
I – Third convertible bond, same company
J – Voting
K – Nonvoting
L – Miscellaneous situations, such as depository receipts, stubs, additional warrants, and units
M – Fourth preferred, same company
N – Third preferred, same company
O – Second preferred, same company
P – First preferred, same company
Q – Bankruptcy proceedings
R – Rights
S – Shares of beneficial interest
T – With warrants or with rights
U – Units
V – When-issued and when-distributed
W – Warrants
Y – ADR (American Depository Receipts)
Z – Miscellaneous situations such as depository receipts, stubs, additional warrants, and units
After you’ve been investing for a short time and reading the stock market, you’ll become familiar with these symbols.