Lesson Plan: The Stock Market: Risks & Rewards
Activity 1: How to Read Stock Market Pages
Many newspapers publish daily reports of stock market transactions. Collect 3-5 days of a single newspaper, like the Wall Street Journal, choose a few stocks, and follow their activity. The terms on this worksheet will help you understand the abbreviations, words, and phrases you may find in the newspaper's stock market listing. Not all newspapers include as much detail as the terms defined below.
YTD % CHG stands for year-to-date percentage of change. In other words, how much has the stock risen or fallen compared to where it was a year ago on today's date?
52-Wk High shows the highest selling price of the stock in the last 52 weeks.
52-Wk Low shows the lowest selling price of the stock in the last 52 weeks.
Stock column gives the full name of the company.
Sym is the symbol used by the company on the ticker reports generated by the stock exchanges that track the trading of each stock.
Yield shows -
Volume lists the number of shares sold (in hundreds).
Last shows the stock's price at close of business yesterday.
NET CHG shows how the price has risen or fallen compared to yesterday's closing price.
Choose some stocks that you know about (Burger King, Intel, the Gap, etc.) and see what you can discover about them as you track them over 3-5 days. Here are some questions to get you started:
Answer these questions on a separate sheet of paper.
Now go to an Internet source, like www.bigcharts.com, to see how you can get information formatted somewhat differently than the newspapers.
Concepts based on information from Focus: High School Economics. © National Council on Economic Education, New York, NY, 1997.