To read a stock table, an individual must understand what each of the 12 columns represents. Each column in a stock table features an important aspect to shareholders and potential shareholders of a stock, according to Investopedia.
Column 1 and 2 allow the public to see a particular stock's low and high prices over the past year as a whole. Column 3 lists the name of the company and what type of stock is being featured. Column 4 notes the ticker symbol, which tells the reader what type of stock is being presented. Column 5 represents the dividend per share, or the value of the dividends paid to shareholders. If nothing is in this column, it simply means that dividends are not being currently paid, according to Investopedia.
Column 6 is the dividend yield, or percentage of return from investing in the stock. Column 7 represents the price to earnings ratio. The current value of the stock in this column are divided by the dividends of the past four-quarters, or fiscal year. Column 8 is trading value, which shows how much of the stock is being traded. Columns 9 and 10 represent the day's highs and lows for a stock. Columns 11 and 12 represent close and net change, or what price the stock closed at for the day and change in stock value from one day to the next, reports Investopedia.