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Stock Symbols

News services, financial sites, blogs are various other websites all refer to stocks on a regular basis. Some mentions are part of a news story while others give advice and review the stock or the company.

The Problem

Formulate an unambiguous, machine parseable, representation that can be used when stocks are mentioned. This should work with hReview as it's just marking up the recommended example a bit more to make it easier for tools. (Also see # 9 in hReview FAQ)


  • John Panzer
  • Sujata Ramchandran

Real-World Examples

  • From Yahoo! stocks
 Shares of Tractor Supply (TSCO:Nasdaq - commentary - research - Cramer's Take)
  • MSN Money
 The 2006 portfolio is up 12%, lead by Expeditors International of Washington (EXPD, news, msgs), 
 CSX (CSX, news, msgs) and Caterpillar (CAT, news, msgs), up 59%, 46% and 39%, respectively 
  • From Motley Fool
 I made my top pick Quality Systems (Nasdaq: QSII)
  • Wall Street Journal
 Toyota Motor Corp. reported Wednesday a 39% rise in its fourth-quarter
  • From Google Finance (the ".A" denotes class A shares)
 Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Public, NYSE:BRK.A)
  • From a stock pick blog.
Today's pick is Time Warner.
  • From a spam email
Golden Apple Oil and Gas, Inc. (GAPJ)
GAPJ - is our NEXT HOT P ICK, which we feel is most undervalued
stock we have ever featured and should out perform all other picks.
 name                       symbol   last date    total
 BackWeb Technologies Ltd   BWEB     10.06.2006	  6
 The results of each day's session ripple rapidly throughout the world economy. No sector 
 is untouched by energy prices: oil producers and refiners who invest billions to explore, 
 airlines nervous about jet-fuel prices, auto companies who must adjust models rapidly to 
 survive, and retailers like Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) keen to know how deeply its shoppers will 
 be dunned at the gas pump.
<code><h2>The Boeing Company</h2>
   <p>As of 4:07 PM ET on Sep 21</p>
   <table cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" width="180">
     <caption>Stock Quote</caption>
       <th class="brand bgltgray" scope="row" nowrap="nowrap">Last</th>
       <td class="brand">102.59</td>
       <th class="brand bgltgray" scope="row" nowrap="nowrap">Change</th>
       <td class="brand">+ 1.34</td>
       <th class="brand bgltgray" scope="row" nowrap="nowrap">% Change</th>
       <td class="brand"><img src=""> 1.32</td>
       <th class="brand bgltgray" scope="row" nowrap="nowrap">Prev. Close</th>
       <td class="brand">101.25</td>
       <th class="brand bgltgray" scope="row" nowrap="nowrap">Open</th>
       <td class="brand">102.35</td>
       <th class="brand bgltgray" scope="row" nowrap="nowrap">Volume</th>
       <td class="brand">6,614,000</td>
       <th class="brand bgltgray" scope="row" nowrap="nowrap">Exchange</th>
       <td class="brand">NYSE</td>
   AMZN, Inc.
   09/21/07 4:00 p.m. ET
   Price	$91.30
   Change	 Stock is Up 1.65
   % Change	 1.84%



   <td align="left" nowrap="nowrap">
   	<span class="ccbnStockHeaderBold">AMZN  </span>
   	<span class="ccbnStockHeader">, Inc.</span>

Existing Practices

  • Summary of common patterns discovered
  • Other attempts to solve The Problem


  • Early drafts
  • Link to related pages as they become available
    • -brainstorming
    • - proposal
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See Also

  • Other microformats
  • Normative references for tags used