Los Angeles Stock Exchange

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Los Angeles Stock Exchange
Los Angeles Stock Exchange Building.jpg
TypeRegional stock exchange
LocationLos Angeles, United States
Founded1899 (1899)
Closed1956 (1956)

The Los Angeles Oil Exchange was a regional stock exchange in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1899, in 1900 the name was changed to the Los Angeles Stock Exchange. In 1956, it merged into the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange.


The Los Angeles Oil Exchange was organized in 1899 by a group of oil company owners, including Wallace Hardison. The Exchange’s first trading session was on February 1, 1900. In December 1900 the name was changed to the Los Angeles Stock Exchange. The Exchange absorbed the California Oil Exchange in September 1900 and the Los Angeles Nevada Mining Exchange in September 1909.[1]

During the early development of the Los Angeles City Oil Field, no single firm had a dominant share. Drillers started their own companies, flooding the local stock exchange with shares of start-up oil firms. There were so many of these that the Los Angeles Stock Exchange had to open a separate facility just to deal with oil stocks.[2]

The Exchange changed locations frequently in its early years, until finally locating to 618 South Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles in 1931 in the Los Angeles Stock Exchange Building, remaining there until February 1986. Needing more space, the trading floor was moved to the Pacific Stock Exchange building at 233 South Beaudry Avenue, but it was closed in May 2001.[3][1]

In 1956, the San Francisco Stock and Bond Exchange and the Los Angeles Oil Exchange merged to create the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange, with trading floors in both cities.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b The Los Angeles Stock Exchange - A Brief Historical Review Mining and Oil Bulletin November 1919
  2. ^ Crowder, R.E. Los Angeles City Oil Field: California Division of Oil and Gas, Summary of Operations. 1961. Vol. 47 No. 1, p. 69
  3. ^ Big Orange Landmarks - Los Angeles Stock Exchange Building