Clever Ticker Symbols

March 6, 2015
Some stocks and exchange traded funds have clever and funny ticker symbols.  You've probably heard of LUV (Southwest Airlines) or BUD (Anheuser Busch InBev) but there are dozens more out there that show off a company's personality.  Here are some of my favorites:
  • EAT (Brinker International) - Home of Chili's restaurants
  • GEEK (Internet America) - Rural internet services
  • GRR (Asian Tiger Fund) - Invests in Asian securities
  • CASH (Meta Financial Group) - Banking products
  • BABY (Natus Medical) - Healthcare products for newborns
  • BEER (Tsingyuan Brewery) - Guessing they brew beer
  • GRLD (Grilled Cheese Trucks) - Yes, this is really a public company
  • BID (Sotheby's) - Auctions
  • FUN (Cedar Fair) - Amusement parks
  • TINY (Harris & Harris) - Invests in early stage tech companies
  • TAN (Guggenheim Solar ETF)
  • FAN (First Trust Global Wind Energy ETF)
  • CUT (Guggenheim Timber ETF)
  • SEA (Clayton Global Shipping ETF)
  • BLNG (iPath Precious Metals ETN) - Gold, silver, platinum, etc
  • CAFE (iPath Coffee ETN)
  • JO (iPath Coffee subindex ETN) - I don't know what that means either
  • FONE (FirstTrust Smartphone ETF)
  • KOLD (ProShares Ultrashort Natural Gas ETF)
  • PBJ (PowerShares Food and Beverage ETF)
  • ROOF (IQ US Real Estate ETF)
  • YANG (Direxion China Bear ETF)
  • FIX (Comfort Systems USA) - HVAC systems
  • CAR (AvisBudget) - Car rentals
  • TAP (MolsonCoors) - Beer 
  • HOG (Harley Davidson) - Motorcycles
  • ZZZ (Snoozebox Holdings) - Hotels in UK
  • FIZZ (National Beverage) - Sells flavored beverage products
  • WOOF (VCA) - Vet services
This is most definitely not a recommendation to buy or sell any securities!



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It's Good To Be a Walton

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Movie Lovers Rejoice

February 19, 2015
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Stay 3-5 Nights In Vegas for Free -**DEAD**

February 9, 2015
**DEAD**

You can find some super cheap hotel nights in Las Vegas (sub $30) if you're traveling there during the week.  Obviously you won't be staying at the Wynn for rates likes that but some of these places aren't terrible.  Anyhow, Expedia has what might be a mistake promo code going right now that lets you take $100 off 3 nights (DISCVR105) , $150 off 4 nights (DISCVR151) or 200 off 5 nights (DISCVR 201).  Promo codes in parenthesis.  

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Deals I Like Feb 5 2015

February 6, 2015
1) Free pair of Thorlos socks, you pay $4 for shipping.  They have a variety of socks for different activities and they go for about $15/pair.  I've heard nothing but good things about their hiking socks.  

2) Free Skinny Cow Iced Coffee at Fry's.  Not sure if this deal is going on at other Kroger family stores.  They are currently selling for $1 and you can get a $1 digital coupon or $1 off at Coupons.com (search under beverage use zip 85225).

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Deals I Like Feb 4 2015

February 4, 2015
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How to Get Unlimited Strbcks Stars

February 1, 2015
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I Got All This Stuff for $4

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Deals I Like 1/25/2015

January 25, 2015
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Unlimited Free Shredding at Staples

January 24, 2015
Staples has a coupon for Free Shredding (up to 5 lbs) that I haven't seen before.  You can use this repeatedly, in fact when I shredded there last week they didn't even ask for my coupon.  Be aware they don't shred it on site, they put in a secure container that has a lock and that container is presumably picked up by an outsourced shredding company.  This coupon is good until May 2.  



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