How to Find a Ticker Symbol

How to Find a Ticker Symbol

The quickest and easiest way to search our site for a ticker symbol is to use the Create-a-Chart bar at the top of any page.

Follow along as we walk you step-by-step through four symbol search scenarios, illustrating all the ways the Create-a-Chart bar can be used to help you find ticker symbols on our website.

Finding the Ticker for Netflix

In this scenario, we want to find out the ticker symbol for Netflix, and then launch a SharpChart for that stock.

Step 1:

Begin typing the word “Netflix” in the Create-a-Chart bar. A dropdown list will appear with possible ticker symbol matches, and the list will update as you type each letter.

Step 2:

Find Netflix on the list and click on it with your mouse.

When you click on the symbol, a SharpChart will be launched for Netflix.

Launch a Seasonality Chart for MSFT

In some cases, we already know what the ticker symbol is, but we want to launch a different kind of chart. In this scenario, we'll launch a Seasonality chart for Microsoft.

Step 1:

Click on the dropdown menu on the left side of the Create-a-Chart bar, and change from “SharpChart” to “Seasonality”.

Step 2:

Type 'MSFT' in the search box and click “Go” (or just press the Enter key on your keyboard).

When you click “Go”, a Seasonality chart will be launched for Microsoft.

Find Out Where General Motors is Mentioned on the Site

The Create-a-Chart bar can be used for more than just launching charts. In this scenario, we'll use it to find all the references to GM on the StockCharts website, including blog articles, Public ChartLists, and more.

Step 1:

Click on the dropdown menu on the left side of the Create-a-Chart bar, and change it to “Symbol Lookup”.

Step 2:

Enter “GM” in the search box, then click “Go”.

Clicking “Go” will do a search for symbols that meet your criteria. GM should be near the top of the list.

Step 3:

Find GM on the list of symbol search results, then click on the “Mentions” icon to the right.

The Symbol Mentions page will display some basic details about the ticker symbol, and then show all the places on our site where it is mentioned, including in Predefined Scans, Public ChartLists, your own ChartLists, and commentary. This can be a great way to get an overall picture of what's going on with a stock or other security.

Find All Bullish Percent Indexes

Sometimes you want to search for a group of related symbols. In this scenario, we will search for all the Bullish Percent Indexes that are available on StockCharts.

Step 1:

Type “bullish percent” in the Create-a-Chart bar search box. Notice that there are more Bullish Percent Indexes than can be displayed on the dropdown list.

Step 2:

Click on “More Results for BULLISH PERCENT” at the bottom of the list.

The “More Results” link takes you to the same place as the Symbol Lookup technique that we used in the previous scenario; it's a handy shortcut for doing symbol lookups. This shows all the symbols we have with “Bullish Percent” in their name.

Step 3:

Click on the “Info” icon (an “i” in a circle) to the left of one of the Bullish Percent Indexes.

This “info” icon is available for indexes and indicator symbols on our site, and takes you to a page with more detailed information about that index or indicator.

Conclusions

While the main function of the Create-a-Chart bar is to create charts, it can be very useful for finding ticker symbols on our website. It's great when you're unsure of the name or exact spelling of a stock. It's also handy when you want to find a list of related symbols.

If a ticker symbol isn't listed in the Symbol Lookup results, it isn't available for charting at the moment. You can request that we add it using our Symbol Request Form.