Funny Stock Symbols

The Wall Street Journal had an article about different ETF Funds suing each other because their names are similar and may be confusing to some investors, and it got me to thinking what funny stock market symbols are out there?

I always liked BUD for Budweiser’s parent company, Anheuser Busch but they were sold to inBev.

WSJ highlights some funny ETFs,

  • BIL (Treasury bills),
  • MUNI (municipal bonds),
  • CORN (grain),
  • KOL (fossil fuel),
  • GAZ and OIL (energy),
  • WOOD and CUT (forestry stocks),
  • GRID (utilities),
  • JO (coffee),
  • HEDJ (a currency-hedged stock fund) or
  • FAN and TAN (wind-energy and solar stocks)

Funny Stock Symbols

I had to go searching for funny stock symbols

  • YUM for parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut, etc.
  • BID for Sotheby’s
  • MOO is an Agricultural Fund (Thanks Darwin’s Finance – an ETF)
  • DNA for Genetech, a Biotech Firm…recently bought out (Thanks Joe Taxpayer)
  • EAT for the parent company of Chilis and On the Border
  • LUV for SouthWest Airlines
  • GRR for an Asian Tigers Fund

Which Ones am I missing?

18 Responses to Funny Stock Symbols

  1. Ron says:

    HOG – Harley Davidson
    BUNZ – owns Schlotsky’s Deli (I think)

  2. This is a cool idea for a post! Nicely done! One I read about recently is the symbol, EU, for the WisdomTree Dreyfus Euro Fund Currency ETF.

  3. Kevin M says:

    Don’t forget good old GM aka Government Motors!

    UGLYX – Leuthold Undervalued and Unloved ETF

  4. Evan, this is a cool post idea…wish I had thought of it!

    Here’s one I stumbled on…

    BOOM – Dynamic Materials Corp, they’re in Explosive Metalworking

  5. Greg McFarlane says:

    Papa John’s is PZZA, but these other ones are even better:
    MolsonCoors: TAP
    Avis: CAR
    Transocean, makers of drilling rigs: RIG
    Gibraltar Industries: ROCK
    Insulet, whose flagship product is the OmniPod insulin distributor: POD
    ML Macadamia Orchards: NUT
    Advanced Medical Optics: EYE
    HearUSA, which sells hearing aid batteries: EAR
    Comfort Systems USA (heating, ventilation, air conditioning repair): FIX
    Nicor, formerly Northern Illinois Gas: GAS
    Claymore/Beacon Global Timber Index: CUT
    Claymore/Delta Global Shipping: SEA
    Vanguard Dividend Appreciation Exchange-Traded Fund: VIG
    And my favorite, ProShares Short Dow 30: DOG

    • Evan says:

      WOAH! I Wish I talked to you before I created the post. Did you know about these before the post? or do I inspire you to find them?

      • Greg McFarlane says:

        I didn’t know the origin behind POD, but I knew the rest. It’s funny how I look at ticker symbols every day, and I still can’t remember the vast majority of them.

  6. Joe Matthews says:

    HOG and DNA are my personal favorites. Nice article.

  7. Nick says:

    You got a bunch of cool ones. I like CAT (Caterpillar), too.

    I just hope people don’t invest only based on cool names (like they do betting on horses)!

    Fun post.

  8. mike b says:

    WFR is a good one its for MEMC materials and they make silicon waffers

  9. Etienne Van Stieg Larsen says:

    wotif, ASX = WTF . Thats my fav

  10. Oscar says:

    Nice list. How about POT or IRS?

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