The CNBC Ticker is a computer simulation of ticker tapes used by the American business news-oriented television network CNBC (as well as its international sister channels), that is displayed as a crawl on the lower part of the television screen. The CNBC Ticker shows security and index symbols in the manner of the ticker tapes that received information by telegraph.
The ticker is composed of a faster-scrolling upper band with a white background and a slower-scrolling lower band with a dark blue background for all CNBC channels. In addition for some channels, such as CNBC Europe; CNBC-e; CNBC Arabiya and Class CNBC, a third business news band is displayed in gray with a black background.
The ticker is shown throughout the duration of financial news programming on CNBC's domestic and international channels, including national commercial breaks. However, in the United States and Canada, advertisements that are locally inserted by cable television providers may be shown full-screen, omitting the ticker from being displayed during local breaks (as of 2013, all ad inserts by cable providers, as well as satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network are shown full-screen).
- 1 Upper band
- 2 Lower band
- 3 CNBC Europe Ticker
- 4 CNBC-e Ticker
- 5 CNBC World Ticker
- 6 CNBC Asia Ticker
- 7 Class CNBC Ticker
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
CNBC Market Summary
The upper band shows a CNBC Market Summary one minute after every third of an hour (:01, :21, :41), with the symbols of the main indices, in the following types:
- NYSE: NYSE Composite Index
- UP: up volume
- DN: down volume
- ADV: advancers
- DEC: decliners
- TICK: Tick index for the NYSE (TICK = ADV – DEC)
- VAL: ValueLine Index
- DOT: TheStreet.com Internet index
- SOX: PHLX Semiconductor Sector, .SOXX. (SO stands for SiO2, a material used to produce semiconductors)
- OSX: oil service index
- OEX: CBOE (Chicago Board Options Exchange) index for the S&P 100
The ticker also shows a Commodity Summary one minute after every sixth of an hour (:01, :11, :21, :31, :41, :51) with the Reuters Instrument Code symbols of commodity futures contracts and their delivery months, as:
- CLN: crude, light oil (CL) futures for July (N) delivery, traded at the NYMEX
- AIQ: Dow Jones/American International Group commodity index (AI) futures for August (Q) delivery, traded on the Chicago Board of Trade
Complete list of commodity futures shown in the CNBC Ticker's Commodity Summary:
|Delivery Month Codes|
|1st quarter||2nd quarter||3rd quarter||4th quarter|
Since 2005-12-19, full commodity names are displayed alongside the ticker symbols.
During market hours, the ticker displays symbols of company stocks with high trading volumes of the New York Stock Exchange. After market hours it shows an alphabetic list of those symbols. Those symbols have usually three letters, for example:
Some symbols also have one or two letters, for example:
Since December 19, 2005, the full company names are displayed alongside the ticker symbols.
During the CNBC U.S. morning programs Worldwide Exchange, Squawk Box and Kudlow & Company, the lower band shows weather forecasts of American and European cities provided by State College, Pennsylvania-based forecasting company AccuWeather; three-letter or two-letter abbreviations are used to identify each city that differ somewhat from the IATA location identifiers for cities (due to factors like multiple airports in a city or the airport abbreviation standing for the airport name rather than the city), for example:
- CHI: Chicago
- HAR: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
- LA: Los Angeles
- MIA: Miami
- NYC: New York City
- SEA: Seattle
- LON: London
- PAR: Paris
During Worldwide Exchange and Squawk Box (during the 6 and 7 a.m. ET hours only), business news headlines are displayed in addition to weather forecasts (see above). During Kudlow & Company, general news headlines are displayed.
During the CNBC program Fast Money, the traders' names, along with their respective disclosures, their stock predictions, and viewers' take on their respective stocks via Sprint's text messaging service (which the latter was highlighted in green) were displayed. This particular feature, which was seen only during Fast Money, was discontinued effective October 10, 2007.
CNBC News Flash
A breaking business news story (for example, "THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD CUTS INTEREST RATES BY A QUARTER POINT") is displayed every two minutes, following the "CNBC News Flash" animation.
CNBC Europe Ticker
CNBC Europe also broadcasts a similar ticker to the ticker seen on CNBC U.S. It contains information from the major stock exchanges in Western Europe and Scandinavia, including prominently, the London Stock Exchange, the Euronext Paris Exchange, and the Deutsche Börse. Unlike the U.S. ticker prior to December 2005, the full stock names have always been displayed for European shares, not symbols. The ticker used by CNBC Europe does, however, use the same symbols for American companies as CNBC U.S. (the full names are now displayed as well). The information for the European ticker is provided by Thomson Reuters (formerly by Moneyline Telerate), and this is regularly promoted on the ticker (appearing approximately every two minutes on the upper band).
During the network's graphical relaunch on March 1, 2010, the green and red colours of the ticker text to show the stock's direction wer dropped, however the arrows remain coloured. In March 2010, the ticker switched to a three-band display; the top and middle bands of the ticker are now displayed during the rebroadcast of Money in Motion.
- Capital Connection (05:00–06:00) – Upper band (U.S. recaps, Asian Most Actives); Middle band (Europe Recaps); Lower band (blank)
- Pre-Market (06:00–08:00) – Upper band (U.S. recaps, Asian Most Actives); Middle band (Europe Recaps); Lower band (business news)
- Market Open (08:00–14:30, 16:00–16:30); Upper band (Live Trades); Middle band (Most Actives); Lower band (business news)
- U.S. Market Open (14:30–16:00) – Upper band (Europe Live Trades); Middle band (NYSE / NASDAQ Stock Market / American Stock Exchange Live Trades, CNBC Europe U.S. Market Summary (see CNBC Market Summary above); Lower band (business news)
- Post Market (16:30–19:00) – Upper band (Winners and Losers) Middle band (Most Actives) Lower band (business news)
- U.S. Market Afternoon (19:00–21:00) – A simulation of the ticker used on CNBC U.S., the ticker displayed on the programme contains similar data and format to the U.S. version of the CNBC Ticker; since March 2012, the lower band displays closing prices of European Stocks and Indices. The format is slightly different, in terms of fonts used, and the CNBC Europe DOG is displayed, in full colour; no sponsorship is displayed on the ticker. The black business news band is blank (general news headlines are shown on the black band on the UK feed throughout this section).
- Post U.S. Market (21:00–22:00) – Upper band (U.S. Extended Hours Trades / CNBC Europe U.S. Market Summary); Middle band (Europe Most Actives); Lower band (blank)
- Weekend occasions – Upper band (most active stocks from the previous trading week); Middle band ("Gainers and Losers" from the previous trading week); Lower band (blank)
The ticker has been displayed continuously during the commercial breaks since 2001.
Visual properties of the CNBC Europe ticker
- Size: Every band is full-screen wide and 36 pixels high.
- Speed: Upper band passed 120px/sec, middle band passed 96px/sec, and lower band passes 108px/sec.
- There is a 18-pixel-gap below the ticker.
- A clock is displayed in UK time on British feed, in CET on Pan-European feed and Bahrain time on the Middle East feed below the logo on the business news band. A clock is displayed even if the business news band is not on-screen.
CNBC Europe Ticker outside CNBC Europe
Outside Europe, the CNBC Europe ticker is only shown on CNBC World (during European programming and the Fast Money Halftime Report).
CNBC-e uses a ticker similar to CNBC Europe, which is only shown throughout the business day. The ticker is continuously shown during commercial breaks during the business day. Normally, the ticker is displayed in a three-line format, except when the Istanbul Stock Exchange is not in session, during which the ticker is reduced to two lines. Unlike CNBC Europe, CNBC-e ticker is not sponsored, but CNBC-e business day shows and programs are. Ticker contains as follows: (times are Turkish official standard/summer time)
- Squawk Box (7:00–8:15) – Upper band (Worldwide Markets); Middle band (ISE Stocks; in alphabetical order); Lower band (Business News; separated by NBC logo)
- ISE Pre-Market (8:15–9:15) – Upper band (Futures, Bonds); Middle band (ISE Stocks; in alphabetical order). Lower band (Business News; separated by NBC logo)
- ISE Market Hours (9:15–12:30 and 13:30–18:00) – Upper band (Futures, Bonds, Most Actives, Winners and Losers); Middle band (ISE Stocks; in alphabetical order); Lower band (Business News; separated by NBC logo).
- ISE Lunch Break (12:30–13:30) – Upper band (Worldwide Markets); Middle band (ISE Stocks; in alphabetical order); Lower band (Business News; separated by NBC logo)
Every 15 minutes, a disclaimer appears on the middle band
All data broadcast under the ECoI trademark is copyrighted and may not be rebroadcast nor republished. ECoI is a trademark of Borsa Istanbul.
CNBC World Ticker
CNBC World shows the CNBC Ticker with the CNBC World logo.
During Asian market programming, the CNBC Asia ticker is displayed (times are GMT/BST):
- Asia Before Open (23:00–23:30) – Upper band (Worldwide Markets, close); Lower band (Bonds, Currencies, Interest Rates, Business News; this is addition to the CNBC Asia Ticker)
- Asia Market Open (23:30–6:00) – Upper band (Asian Markets, showing most actives); Lower band (Bonds, Currencies, Interest Rates, Business News; this is addition to the CNBC Asia Ticker)
During European market programming, the CNBC Europe Ticker is displayed (times are GMT/BST):
- Pre-Market (06:00–08:00) – Upper band (U.S. recaps, Asian Most Actives); Middle band (Europe Recaps); Lower band (Business News)
- Market Open (08:00–11:00 and 16:00–16:30) – Upper band (Live Trades); Middle band (Most Actives); Lower band (Business News)
- Post Europe Market (16:30–17:00) – Upper band (Winners and Losers); Middle band (Most Actives); Lower band (Business News)
CNBC Asia Ticker
CNBC Asia also uses a two-line ticker of similar design to the Europe feed's ticker. Early in the morning, the top bar features the listed stocks from major market indexes (such as the DOW 30 and the FTSE 100) around the world. As the Asian trading day begins, the top bar generally provides the most actively traded shares in the region where each country's stock data will be reflected once a given market opens. Exceptions to this are on CNBC's Hong Kong, Singapore and Australian feeds, in which the top bar exclusively features stock information for their respective local stock markets. The bottom bar provides market indices, currencies, bonds and commodity prices.
From 20.00 until 06.00 HK/SIN time, CNBC Asia simulates the old CNBC U.S. ticker (the version displaying only stock symbols) with no Commodity Summary. The information for this ticker is also provided by Thomson Reuters. Like CNBC U.S. and CNBC Europe, CNBC Asia also keeps its ticker on-screen during commercial breaks, having done so since 2001.
Class CNBC Ticker
Class CNBC uses a three-line ticker during weekdays and a two-line ticker during weekend, nights and news bulletins on La7. Displayed as a three-line ticker, the white top bar features the listed stocks from Italian Stock Exchange, the blue middle bar shows major market indexes around the world, and the brown bottom bar shows news headlines from MF Dow Jones News. The two-line version of the ticker shows the top bar and middle bar of the three-line version.
Like CNBC U.S., CNBC Europe and CNBC Asia, Class CNBC also keeps its ticker on-screen during commercial breaks on weekdays; stock information is also provided by Thomson Reuters. Like CNBC Europe and its CNBC Life programming block, the ticker does not appear during Class Life programming on weekends.
- Ticker tape
- List of finance topics
- List of U.S. ticker symbols
- Reuters Instrument Code (RIC)
- News ticker
- Google Groups : misc.invest.stocks complete January 17, 1996, CNBC Ticker Guide [obsolete information]
- NBC Cable Networks – NBCCableinfo.com – CNBC incomplete newer CNBC Ticker Guide[dead link]