used to identify a company
on a stock exchange
. In the United States
, they are between 1 and 5 letters long, depending on the stock exchange, whether there are suffix
es, and how cool the company is. NYSE
symbols are 1-3 letters, NASDAQ
ones are 4 or 5.
Nobody cares about AMEX anymore, since they merged with (read: got eaten up by) the NASDAQ. Not that anybody cared prior to the merger.