Stock and ETF Quotes FAQ
Here are frequently asked questions for using our stock quotes section, as well as a walkthrough for using the tools you need to get started.
- What companies do you provide news and information on?
- How often are stock and ETF quotes updated?
- How do I look up ticker symbols for stocks?
- Is there a complete list of Nasdaq-listed companies? (Or NYSE and AMEX?)
- How do I use quotes?
- Guide to all of your menu options in quotes:
- Flash Quotes & Info Quotes
- Real-Time Quotes
- Stock Details
- Company News
- Stock Analysis
- If I follow a stock, what events will trigger a notification?
- I'm new to investing. Is there a glossary of financial and investing terms?
- How do I get an ETF quote?
- How do I get a Mutual Fund quote?
- If you do not see your question listed above, submit your question here.
What companies do you provide news and information on?
All of them.
How often are stock and ETF quotes updated?
They are updated continuously throughout the day. During trading hours, the price is real-time (when using the real-time quotes page); otherwise, if you're using the summary page, the price is delayed about 15 minutes.
How do I look up ticker symbols for stocks?
Use the "symbol lookup" link, either above the search bar on the quotes page, or on the upper left corner of the page.
Is there a place where I can see Nasdaq-listed companies? (Or NYSE and AMEX?)
There sure is!
How do I use quotes?
Enter up to 25 symbols and choose which feature you're looking for, and have fun! If you're new to using quotes and want a walkthrough, read on.
Walkthrough for using stock quotes
Start here: /quotes/
Ok, what am I looking at?
Our quotes section lets you watch, track, and research stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs. To get started, enter a symbol or multiple symbols and hit "Enter" or "Return."
I hit "Enter." Now what?
Now you're looking at the Summary Quote page. This gives you a broad overview of the symbol you've entered. In this case, we're looking at Apple (AAPL). from here, you get a basic picture of how Apple is doing today, plus some information about the stock in general (e.g. the day's high/low, the 52-week high/low, P/E ratio, etc).
What about the other symbols I entered?
See the tabs inside the red circle? There they are. Click on whichever tab you like to see that stock's Summary Quote page.
How do I add more symbols?
To the left of the tabs, click on the Edit Symbol List link. There'll be a popup that will let you add more symbols (or remove others). You can have up to 25 symbols. Not sure what the company's symbol is? There's a link to a symbol lookup.
Can I see all my quotes at once?
Yes. See Flash Quotes & Info Quotes (scroll down to the next question).
Guide to all of your options in quotes:
- Flash Quotes & Info Quotes
On the left column, you'll see links to FlashQuotes and InfoQuotes. Either one will give you an overview of all the stocks you've entered. Otherwise, for all other menu options (see below), you'll be looking at one stock symbol at a time.
FlashQuotes: It gives you a quick overview - sale price, change, % change, volume.
InfoQuotes: It's a little more in-depth, giving you the same information as FlashQuotes, plus other details such as 52-week high/low, P/E Ratio, Earnings Per Share, and the like.
- Real-Time Quotes:
Want to see the absolute latest stock price? Then you want real-time quotes. It gives you up-tp-the-second prices, plus the last 5 sales. Many other financial websites don't have this. many financial sites offer sale prices with a delay of 15-20 minutes, at Nasdaq.com, you can follow your stocks real-time from the source.
- Stock Details:
Summary Quote: This gives you a broad overview of the symbol you've entered.
Real-Time Quote: It gives you up-to-the-second prices, plus the last 5 sales. Many other financial websites don't have this. Many financial sites offer sale prices with a delay of 15-20 minutes, at Nasdaq.com, you can follow your stocks real-time from the source.
After Hours Quote: Securities can trade after the market closes, from 4 pm to 8 pm, Eastern Time, and you can see those prices here.
Pre-Market Quote: Pre-market trading goes from 4 am to 9:30 am, Eastern Time, and you can see those prices here.
Historical Quote: The Historical Prices page allows you to get up at 10 years of daily historical stock prices and volumes for any time period you choose.
Option Chain: Call and put options are quotes in a table called chain sheet. The chain sheet shows the price, volume and open interest for each option strike price and expiration month. If you are new to options and want to learn more about using the option chain, then visit here for more help. /investing/options-guide/
Basic Chart: A basic chart gives you a quick overview of your stock. You can change the display and timeframe, include a moving average. Or you can compare it with an index or your other stocks (up to 10 max).
Interactive Chart: An interactive chart gives you the same information as the basic chart, plus you can click and drag the chart around.
- Company News:
Company Headlines: Get the latest news for that particular company. If you're looking for all market news, not just a particular company's, then visit our News hub page.
Press Releases: Press releases related to that company.
Market Stream: See what people are saying about the company. Note that the views expressed are from individual users, and have not been reviewed, approves, or endorsed by Nasdaq, Inc.
- Stock Analysis:
Analyst Research: See what analysts are saying about the company. You can get a definition of terms used here (/quotes/analyst-research.aspx); otherwise, dive right in to get:
* Summary of Analyst Research
* Conensus EPS Forecast
* Much more
Guru Analysis: Guru Analysis is a group of nine stock evaluation methodologies based upon the published analysis techniques of well known investment advisors and other popular sources. This of it as a more detailed and specific version of analyst research. Each evaluation includes more details about how a stock came to its rating.
Stock Report: Gives you all the information about a company that most investors look for, summarized on one page.
Competitors: Each company issues a Security Industry Code, and this page shows you that company's competitors. For example, Apple is in the Computer Manufacturing industry, and its top competitors are listed in a chart on that page: /symbol/aapl/competitors
Stock Constultant: The Consultant area gives you advanced statistical analysis to help you determine which trades you should make.
Stock Comparison: The stock comparison page shows your selected stock, plus four other stocks in the same industry. It is sorted by largest to the smallest market value. You can change what other stocks are features. This helps give you, at a glance, advanced information about multiple stocks.
Call Transcripts: The company's earnings call transcripts are listed here.
Annual Report: The Annual Report is a yearly record of a company's financial condition that must be distributed to shareholders of record under SEC regulations. The reports are free, so get yours today!
Income Statement: These pages provide investors with published fundamental information about a company. The financials include Income Statements, Balance Sheets, Statements of Cash Flow and Financial Ratios both on a quarterly and an annual basis.
Revenue/EPS: See the company's Revenue, Earnings Per Share, and Divdends for the previous 3 years.
SEC Filing: Company SEC filings represent the financial reports and statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by the company. Of particular interest are Form 4 filings, which shows what company insiders are buying and selling (see below).
Short Interest: Investors believe that rising short interest is a bearish indicator. See what short interest is being generated here.
Dividend History: See all dividend dates and payouts.
Ownership Summary: See who owns that stock, and how much they own. This also includes information about whether or not company leadership is buying or selling their company's stock.
Institutional Holdings: This provides more detailed information than the Ownership Summary page, allowing you get exact breakdowns of who's buying and selling.
Insiders (SEC Form 4): What company insiders are buying and selling.
If I follow a stock, what events will trigger a notification?
When you register with Nasdaq.com, you can follow stocks. Simply click on the green "Follow" button below the stock name. The default setting for alerts notifies you of Early Signmals (companies with high social buzz), Breaking News, Acquistions, Bankruptcies, Earnings, Mergers, and more. To specify exactly what you want alerts for, visit your profile to update your settings. To do that, click on your username at the upper right corner of the screen, and then click on My Alerts, and specify whatever alerts you want.
I'm new to investing. Is there a glossary of financial and investing terms?
We do have a full glossary of investing terms here, but some of the most common terms that are used are:
Term Definition Symbol The stock, mutual fund or option characters assigned by the exchange to represent the issue. Company Name The company name as registered with the listing exchange. Last Sale Price The price at which a stock last traded as reported by the exchange, delayed by 15 to 20 minutes. Quoted in dollars and cents. Net Change The difference in the current last sale price and the previous day's official closing price. Percentage Change That amount in percentage terms that the last sale price for the stock has changed from the previous trading day's official closing price. Best Bid The highest price currently being offered for a block of stock. Best Ask The lowest price currently being asked for a block of stock. Today's High The highest sales price the stock has achieved during the regular trading hours, the intra-day high. Today's Low The lowest sales price the stock has fallen to during the regular trading hours, the intra-day low. Share Volume The number of shares of the stock traded on the listing exchange during current trading hours. It does not include after hours volume. Previous Close The previous trading day's last reported trade price during official trading hours. This information is updated on our site at 3:30 AM each morning after the previous trading day. 52 Week High The highest sales price the stock has achieved during the regular trading hours during the most recent 52 week period. 52 Week Low The lowest sales price the stock has fallen to during the regular trading hours during the most recent 52 week period. TSO Total shares outstanding, as published with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Market Cap The market capitalization; the price per share multiplied by the total number of shares outstanding; also interpreted as the market's total valuation of a public company at the moment of the last trade. P/E Ratio A statistic calculated by dividing the price of a stock by the reported actual earnings per share of the issuing firm (not the same as the projected P/E ratio); it is also called the "multiple". Earnings Per Share This value represents the portion of a company's profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock. It is usually reported for the quarter and for the year.
How do I get an ETF quote?
Most of the menu items are the same as for stock quotes. The key difference is that you can see the top holdings within an ETF by visiting the "ETF Detail" link on the left side.
How do I get a Mutual Fund quote?
We offer basic information about mutual funds. Enter the symbol and you can see Net Asset Value, income distributions, and use comparison charts. You can see the latest price as of the previous day's market close.
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