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Guide to Business Sources: To find NAIC and SIC code numbers and stock ticker symbols

Resources for students in undergraduate business classes

What do the codes and symbols mean?

NAIC and SIC codes - these codes classify companies and business establishments based on their primary business activity.

Stock ticker symbol -  this is the symbol used to identify a company on the stock market.

Picture of stock ticker

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Stock Ticker. Office Clip Art, Photos and Animations. Retrieved November 10, 2012 from



Why is it called a ticker symbol?

The system that reports trading on the stock exchange is called ticker tape. The name comes from machines used in the past that printed information by punching holes in paper tape, which made a ticking sound. Today all information is done by computers.

Ticker. (2006). In Dictionary of Finance and Investment Terms. Retrieved November 10, 2010 from