June 4, 2011 | In: Trivia

Which Stock Has the Longest Ticker Symbol?

After my previous list of one letter stock symbols, I have decided to find which stock has the longest ticker symbol. I thought I’m going to find a stock with 10 characters, something like ABCDEFGHIJ, but I was wrong. The longest ticker symbol for any stock listed in any of the two main US markets (NYSE and NASDAQ) is only 5 characters long, and guess what, there are 1,522 stocks that are 5 characters long, most of them are traded on the NASDAQ.

In my little research, I have discovered the following facts:

- There are 1,474 stocks (out of 7,745) that are 5 characters long that are listed on the NASDAQ.
- There are only 48 stocks that are 5 characters long that are listed on the NYSE.
- The shortest ticker symbol for any stock listed on the NASDAQ is 4 characters long, which means that there are 6,271 (7,745 – 1,474) NASDAQ stocks that have a stock ticker length of 4.
- The are only 9 NYSE stocks (out of 3,000) that have a 4 characters long stock ticker, and all of these stocks have dashes in them. These stocks are: BF-A, BF-B, CW-B, IT-B, KV-A, KV-B, JW-A, JW-B, TI-A.
- The absolute majority of NYSE stocks (over 90%) have stock tickers that are 3 characters long.

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