O

AAA

DEFINITION of 'O'

A component of a stock symbol that indicates the shares of that stock are a second class of preferred shares. The "O" identifier can be seen after the dot of a NYSE stock symbol, or as the fifth letter of a Nasdaq symbol.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'O'

Every security on the market is assigned a ticker symbol, and preferred stocks use the letters M, N, O and P to denote the preferred stock's class. Companies can issue several classes of preferred stock at a time, and the highest-ranked preferred stock receives dividend payments first.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Nasdaq

    A global electronic marketplace for buying and selling securities, ...
  2. Preferred Stock

    A class of ownership in a corporation that has a higher claim ...
  3. P

    A symbol that, when used as the fifth letter in a ticker symbol, ...
  4. Stock Symbol

    A unique series of letters assigned to a security for trading ...
  5. R

    1. An occasional fifth letter in a Nasdaq-traded company's ticker ...
  6. Dividend

    A distribution of a portion of a company's earnings, decided ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. What are the fifth-letter identifiers on the Nasdaq?

    All of the companies traded on the Nasdaq have four-lettered tickers, which are representative of the actual company. For ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How does the risk of investing in the electronics sector compare to the broader market?

    The risk of investing in the electronics sector closely approximates the risk of investing in the broader market. The electronics ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. How do markets account for systematic risk?

    Systematic risks provide markets with an unpleasant quandary. Economists, policy makers, directors, fund managers and investors ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What stage of the economic cycle is usually the best for an investor to enter the ...

    The best time during the economic cycle for an investor to enter the electronics sector is when he has confidently identified ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How do S&P 500 futures work?

    S&P 500 futures are a type of capital asset contract that provides a buyer the right to a predetermined selection of ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Can I use the current yield to compare a bond to an equity investment?

    Investors should be careful when comparing the current yield on a debt security with the growth of an equity security. Yield ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Investing Basics

    Understanding The Ticker Tape

    We explain the meaning and use of that reel of symbols whizzing across your TV or computer screen.
  2. Options & Futures

    Getting To Know The Stock Exchanges

    Here are the answers to all the questions you have about stock exchanges but are too afraid to ask!
  3. Options & Futures

    The NYSE And Nasdaq: How They Work

    Learn some of the important differences in the way these exchanges operate and the securities that trade on them.
  4. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Benchmark Your Returns With Indexes

    If your portfolio is always falling short, you may not be making an apples-to-apples comparison.
  5. Economics

    The ABCs Of Stock Indexes

    Indexes can track market trends, but they're not always reliable. Can you trust them?
  6. Trading Systems & Software

    The Global Electronic Stock Market

    The way trading is conducted is changing rapidly as exchanges turn toward automation.
  7. Investing Basics

    What's the Primary Market?

    The primary markets are where investors can get first crack at a new security issuance.
  8. Investing Basics

    What is the Coupon?

    In the financial world, “coupon” represents the interest rate on a bond.
  9. Investing Basics

    Explaining the Coupon Rate

    Coupon rate is the stated interest rate on a fixed income security.
  10. Investing Basics

    What is Cyclical Stock?

    A cyclical stock is an equity security whose price is affected by ups and downs in the overall economy.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Expected Return

    The amount one would anticipate receiving on an investment that has various known or expected rates of return. For example, ...
  2. Carrying Value

    An accounting measure of value, where the value of an asset or a company is based on the figures in the company's balance ...
  3. Capital Account

    A national account that shows the net change in asset ownership for a nation. The capital account is the net result of public ...
  4. Brand Equity

    The value premium that a company realizes from a product with a recognizable name as compared to its generic equivalent. ...
  5. Adverse Selection

    1. The tendency of those in dangerous jobs or high risk lifestyles to get life insurance. 2. A situation where sellers have ...
Trading Center