10 of the Most Clever Stock Ticker Symbols of 2016


While it doesn’t show up to the public that often, the people running public corporations can and do have a sense of humor.  They just show it at select times and in select ways.  One of the best ways is in their stock ticker symbols.  Of course, it should be noted that humorous and otherwise interesting stock ticker symbols tend to make stronger impressions on investors as well, meaning that their corporations are collecting twice the benefit from being able to build their brands while also showing their less serious sides.  But please note that a cool stock ticker symbol doesn’t mean it’s a great investment.  You’d be surprised but we actually have to write that statement every single time.

Anyway, ere are 10 examples of the most humorous and otherwise interesting stock ticker symbols that can be seen in 2016:

Asia Tigers Fund (GRR)

Like its name suggests, the Asia Tigers Fund seeks to increase its fund-holders’ wealth in the long run by investing in the equities of Asian corporations. Its name comes from the Asian Tigers, which are the four economies of Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan that saw incredible economic growth between the 1960s and the 1990s. However, it is important to note that the Asia Tigers Fund has begun investing more and more into other Asian countries as more and more of them have begun realizing their economic potential, meaning that it is far from running short on investment opportunities. Appropriately, its stock ticker symbol on the NYSE is GRR.

Dynamic Materials Corporation (BOOM)

Given its stock ticker symbol of BOOM, it should come as no surprise to learn that Dynamic Materials Corporation has a relationship with explosives. To be precise, Dynamics Materials Corporation provides a wide range of support to a wide range of industries, including but not limited to oil and gas, shipbuilding, and even industrial production. Although the explosive part of its business makes up no more than a small part of its whole, Dynamic Materials Corporation’s stock ticker symbol is something that its potential investors will have no problem remembering.

Franklin Resources, Inc. (BEN)

When combined with its subsidiaries, Franklin Resources, Inc. is sometimes called Franklin Templeton Investments. Based on this name, it should be obvious that it specializes in providing asset management services for its clients, thus helping them secure better results from their investments than otherwise possible. Furthermore, given the figure on its brand, it should be obvious who the BEN that serves as its stock ticker symbol is referring to.

Global Wind Energy (FAN)

There are a wide range of ETFs catering to the investing interests of a wide range of investors who prefer to pool their resources for the purpose of investing through skilled and experienced fund managers. One example is Global Wind Energy, which specializes in wind energy investment opportunities that can be found throughout the world. Naturally, it has chosen the stock ticker symbol FAN, which is not a perfect fit for its concept but nonetheless evocative of its basic premise.

Guggenheim Solar (TAN)

Another example of an ETF is Guggenheim Solar, which lives up to its name by specializing in solar energy investment opportunities. Once again, it has gone with a stock ticker symbol that is not a perfect fit for its concept but nonetheless evocative of its basic premise, seeing as how it is listed as TAN.

Harley-Davidson Motorcycles (HOG)

HOG should be extremely recognizable to anyone with even the slightest appreciation for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, seeing as how that is the slang for its offerings to the consumer market. Now as in the past, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles continues to make motorcycles for motorcyclists who want something superior, both because of their genuine excellence and because of their powerful brand, which has been immortalized in motorcycling culture by the corporation’s outstanding marketing efforts over decade after decade.

Market Vectors Agribusiness (MOO)

The name of Market Vectors Agribusiness says it all. In short, it is a an ETF like both Global Wind Energy and Guggenheim Solar. However, while those ETFs specialized in renewable energy, Market Vectors Agribusiness specializes in corporations that make 50 percent or more of their revenues from agribusiness, whether that means the production of fruits and vegetables or the rearing of livestock. As a result, MOO is the perfect stock ticker symbol for Market Vectors Agribusiness, seeing as how it brings the image of a farm to mind in an instant, which is the perfect representation of the ETF’s particular field of focus.

Sealy Corporation (ZZ)

On its own, the name of the Sealy Corporation shows no connection to its stock ticker symbol of ZZ, which is no surprise since it was named for the city in which it started. However, that connection becomes obvious once it is pointed out that the Sealy Corporation specializes in producing mattresses that help their customers get the good night’s sleep that they deserve. The only way that its stock ticker symbol could be more appropriate is if it received an extra Z attached onto the end.

Sotheby’s (BID)

Sotheby’s is one of the most famous auction companies in the world, so it makes sense that its stock ticker symbol is the simple and straightforward BID. With that said, it is worth mentioning that Sotheby’s is actually more tha njust auctioning, seeing as how it has other segments focused on taxes, trusts, museum services, and other specialties, thus making it a truly well-rounded but still extremely coherent corporation.

VCA Antech, Inc. (WOOF)

On NASDAQ, VCA Antech, Inc. is listed as WOOF, which is an excellent choice because the corporation specializes in taking care of the health of man’s best friend as well as other companion animals. In total, the corporation owns and operates more than 600 veterinary hospitals throughout both the United States and Canada, while also providing other pet healthcare services such as imaging and lab testing. Simply put, there are few corporations that can be considered more deserving of WOOF than VCA Antech, Inc.

Of course, these are no more than a small number of the humorous and otherwise interesting stock ticker symbols that can be found in 2016 but we thought these were the most clever.  Which stock ticker symbols do you like most?

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