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How do you read stock quotes?

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According to Investopedia, stock quotes should be read from left to right, with each column of the quote providing different information on the stock's current and past prices, yields, and daily change. The arrangement of the various columns can change depending on the financial paper in which the stock is displayed.

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How do you read stock quotes?
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The columns listing the "52W low" and "52W high" show the lowest and highest prices offered for the stock in the past year. The listing does not include the stock prices from the current and previous days. Under the "Stock" column, traders find the stock's name. This is usually followed by the "Ticker" column, which lists the three letter code used to identify the stock when shown on a ticker line. The "Div" column lists the amount of dividends paid out by the stock for the year, while the "%" column lists the dividend yield per share. A "P/E" column provides the price to earnings ratio for the stock. The "Vol" column lists the number of shares traded that day in hundreds. Also listed are separate columns for the trading price that day, with a column for the highest price at which the stock traded followed by the lowest price column and ending with the closing price for a share. The "Net chg" column lists the net change in the stock price between the current day's closing price and the closing price of the previous day.

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