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All of the companies traded on the Nasdaq have four-lettered tickers, which are representative of the actual company. For example, the ticker symbol for Nasdaq-traded Microsoft is MSFT. However, in some cases, a ticker symbol on the Nasdaq will have five letters where the fifth letter is an identifier symbol that tells market participants something about the company. Below is a list of all of the fifth-letter identifiers on the Nasdaq:

A- Class A Shares
B- Class B Shares
C- Issuer Qualification Exception (the company is not meeting all listing requirements but can remain on the exchange for the time being)
D- New Issue
E- Delinquent (in regard to SEC filings)
F- Foreign Issue
G- First Convertible Bond
H- Second Convertible Bond
I- Third Convertible Bond
J- Voting
K- Non-voting
M- Fourth Preferred Issue
N- Third Preferred Issue
O- Second Preferred Issue
P- First Preferred Issue
Q- Bankruptcy
R- Rights Issue
S- Shares of Beneficial Interest
T- Securities with warrants or rights
U- Units
V- When issued or when distributed (shares that are set to split or have another similar pending corporate actions)
W- Warrants
Y- American Depository Receipt
Z or L - Miscellaneous Situation (research is required to investigate the exact reason for the identifier being attached)

(See also: The ABCs Of Stock Indexes.)

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