How to Read a Stock Table

Stock information is widely available on many financial sites, as well as the NYSE Euronext site.  Let’s take a look at a hypothetical company, Future Comm, and discover how to read the symbols on a stock table.

  • Shares/Mnemonic: for the name of the share , Future Com, and its mnemonicits stock code in capital letters (FC, in this case).
  • Info:  listing groups are designated by the letters A, B, C with letters showing amount of capitalization. , The A group signals a capitalization over € 1 billion; B is assigned to companies with a capitalization under € 1 billion and over € 150 million; C group is assigned to those with a capitalization below € 150 million.
  • CA: stands for corporate actions. The  term designatesactions against listed companies that could impact share values. , Such actions include a take-over bid, a public exchange offer, or a capital increase.
  • ISIN: in France, the ISIN is a code that uniquely identifies a stock. It replaced the SICOVAM codes.
  • Date Rem Coup/Div: for the date of removal of dividend and for the last known dividend. Coupons are removed at precise dates, which are almost the same each year. The dividend amount is given in euros per share.
  • Op/Vol/Nb Sh: means Opening/Volume/Number of shares. The opening price is that of the close of the last trading day, expressed in euros. The volume deals with the traded amount during the last trading day.The number of shares shows the number of traded shares.
  • Clos./Hi/Lo: the closing price is the last listed price of the share at the end of the last trading day. It’s used as the share’s price of the day. Future Com (FC), for instance,  was listed at € 58.6 at the closing, and was quoted at € 59.7 at its highest price and at € 58.52 as lowest price of the trading day.
  • % Lst. Day/ %Mth/ %52W: These percentages indicate the stock’s loss or gain on the  last trading day, current month and last 52 weeks, i.e. year on year. Future Com’s share lost 1.99% on the last trading day and 0.68% since the beginning of current month, but has gained 6.54% year on year.
  • % Y/Hi Y/Lo Y: shows the gain or loss since the beginning of the year, and highest and lowest prices over the same period of time. Future Com gained 9.12% since the beginning of current year, with highest price at € 61.5 and lowest at € 52.
  • EPS: means Earnings per Share, or the net consolidated earnings divided by the number of shares. This ratio enables you to know which earnings have been distributed to shareholders, no matter how shares have increased or decreased.  
  • PER: for Price Earnings Ratio, which is the share’s price divided by the earnings per share. It gives a number enabling you to know how many years are needed for recovering your initial investmentHigh-Tech or Recovery stocks typically have a high PER, at about 30 to 50. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Blue-Chips commonly give a high yield and show low PER, at about 5 or 6.
  • Yield: For stocks, yield is the year’s dividend divided by the price at the dividend removal’s day. High yield stocks give a large part of their earnings as dividends.