Funny Stock Symbols

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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?

By |2013-09-26T15:01:00+00:00August 16th, 2010|Investments|20 Comments

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  1. Ron August 16, 2010 at 8:44 am - Reply

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

    • Evan August 17, 2010 at 8:11 am - Reply

      HOG is a great one! I couldn’t find bunz

      • Keith December 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm - Reply

        BUNZ used to be Schotzsky’s, but it was pulled off NASDAQ as part of the Chapter 11 re-org back in ’04.

  2. My Personal Finance Journey August 16, 2010 at 9:47 am - Reply

    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.

    • Evan August 17, 2010 at 8:12 am - Reply

      There is also EUO for the Euro UltraShort

  3. Kevin M August 16, 2010 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Don’t forget good old GM aka Government Motors!

    UGLYX – Leuthold Undervalued and Unloved ETF

    • Evan August 17, 2010 at 8:13 am - Reply

      Why not just UGLY? Either way it might be one of my favorites

      • Kevin M August 17, 2010 at 8:52 am - Reply

        I think all mutual funds have to have “X” at the end. (I believe I erred calling it an ETF.)

  4. Mike August 16, 2010 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    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

    • Evan August 17, 2010 at 8:14 am - Reply

      I don’t have many cool post ideas so I was due! lol

  5. Greg McFarlane August 17, 2010 at 12:21 am - Reply

    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 August 17, 2010 at 8:15 am - Reply

      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 August 17, 2010 at 2:42 pm - Reply

        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 September 3, 2010 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    HOG and DNA are my personal favorites. Nice article.

  7. Nick September 6, 2010 at 11:00 am - Reply

    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 April 19, 2011 at 4:02 am - Reply

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

  9. Etienne Van Stieg Larsen November 27, 2011 at 11:58 am - Reply

    wotif, ASX = WTF . Thats my fav

  10. Oscar April 12, 2013 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Nice list. How about POT or IRS?

  11. Bob February 15, 2017 at 10:13 am - Reply

    How about NAME?

    • Evan February 15, 2017 at 1:28 pm - Reply

      Great addition Bob!

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