On the stock exchanges, companies use ticker symbols to differentiate their company from others with similar names. These symbols are mostly comprised of a combination of letters and numbers and are unique to a specific company. You can use ticker symbols to find information on a specific stock or company, including financial reports, and purchase or trade stocks.
In the New York Stock Exchange, ticker symbols for popular companies include (but aren't limited to):
A number of tools - free and proprietary - exist to help you identify a company's ticker symbol and stock information, including the following: