The nightly closing price for each ticker is now stated as the composite. This may or may not be different than the individual exchanges (Y, M, P, etc.)
Most stocks traded on the NYSE are also traded on five smaller exchanges from around the country. To ensure a close-price-quote for the composite of all the exchanges enter the symbol followed by '-Y'. This price may change in the hours following each exchanges' close, due to processing of trades from each exchange.
To get a quote for a stock on a particular exchange you have to add the one character code for the exchange you are interested in. For example to get IBM on the Boston exchange you would enter 'IBM-B'. Note the hyphen between the normal ticker and the letter 'B'. The codes for the five exchanges are:
To get a quote for the warrant you add the letter '2' to the base symbol. For example 'Berkshire Rlty Inc WT 09-08-1998' is 'BRI2'.
After the four character base can come an optional one character modifier. A complete list of these codes can be found in the Wall Street Journal. Some of the more frequent codes are 'C'--exempt from NASDAQ listing qualifications for a limited period, 'E'--delinquent in required fillings with SEC, 'P'--first preferred, 'Q'--in bankruptcy proceedings, 'R'--rights, 'W'--warrants, and 'Y'--American Depositary Receipt (ADR).
We are not getting up to date quotes for non NMS issues on the NASDAQ (ADRs, small cap, OTC). We are trying to rectify the problem.
Money Market Funds are always five characters with the forth and fifth characters being 'X'. For example the Paragon Treas MM Fund's symbol is 'PTRXX'.
All Canadian symbols are 1-3 characters long except for the COATS market which are allways four characters long. Many Canadian symbols have the suffix .A or .B appended to them to designate class A or class B issues. For example: Bombardier Class B on the Toronto exchange is 'T.BBD.B'.
Preferred Stocks have the code '.PR' or '.PR.X' appended to the end where X may be the letter 'A-Z' if the stock has more than one preferred issue.
Warrants have the code '.WT' appended to the end.
Rights have the code '.RT' appended to the end.
Units have the code '.UN' appended to the end.
We have descriptions for most of the symbols that we can give quotes on. If you enter a valid symbol that we do not have the description for the description field will be blank. The quote will still be valid but you will need to make your own determination if it is the right symbol for the issue you seek.