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CNBC Ticker

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 security identifiers used on the CNBC Ticker are taken from nomenclatures used by third-party companies like Reuters or from global stock exchanges.

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 television providers, as well as satellite television providers DirecTV and Dish Network are now shown full-screen).


  • Upper band 1
    • CNBC Market Summary 1.1
    • Commodity Summary 1.2
    • Stocks 1.3
  • Lower band 2
    • Stocks 2.1
    • AccuWeather forecast 2.2
    • News Headlines 2.3
    • Fast Money 2.4
    • CNBC News Flash 2.5
  • CNBC Europe Ticker 3
    • Visual properties of the CNBC Europe ticker 3.1
    • Ticker used through CNBC Asia Programming 3.2
    • CNBC Europe Ticker outside CNBC Europe 3.3
  • CNBC-e Ticker 4
  • CNBC World Ticker 5
  • CNBC Asia Ticker 6
  • Class CNBC Ticker 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Upper band

On this picture the upper band shows "BMY 17.1K@25.88▲.41", which means BMY's (Bristol-Myers) last transaction was of 17.1K (17,100) shares @ (at) a bid price of 25.88 USD with a positive difference of .41 USD. The positive difference is shown by the green color. Red means the difference is negative, i.d., the bid price went down, and dark blue or black means UNCH (unchanged bid price). This particular ticker display was used until the December 19, 2005 relaunch, but was reinstated on July 12, 2006.

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:

Commodity Summary

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:

Complete list of commodity futures shown in the CNBC Ticker's Commodity Summary:
Delivery Month Codes
1st quarter 2nd quarter 3rd quarter 4th quarter
January F April J July N October V
February G May K August Q November X
March H June M September U December Z

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.

Lower band


The lower band shows the stock symbols of the NASDAQ Stock Market and of the American Stock Exchange, for example:

From May 2007 to February 2010, Powershares ETF symbols, which trade along the lower band of the ticker, were highlighted in orange.

AccuWeather forecast

During the CNBC U.S. morning programs Worldwide Exchange and Squawk Box, 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:

News Headlines

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).

Fast Money

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 ticker is two-band after widescreen transitioning by March 27, 2014.

The CNBC Europe Ticker contains information as follows (the times shown are GMT/BST):

  • Capital Connection (05:00–06:00) – Upper band (U.S. recaps, Asian Most Actives); Lower band (Europe Recaps)
  • Pre-Market (06:00–08:00) – Upper band (U.S. recaps, Asian Most Actives); Lower band (Europe Recaps)
  • Market Open (08:00–14:30, 16:00–16:30); Upper band (Live Trades); Lower band (Most Actives)
  • U.S. Market Open (14:30–16:00) – Upper band (Europe Live Trades); Lower 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) Lower band (Most Actives)
  • 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.
  • Post U.S. Market (21:00–22:00) – Upper band (U.S. Extended Hours Trades / CNBC Europe U.S. Market Summary); Lower band (Europe Most Actives)
  • Weekend occasions – Upper band (most active stocks from the previous trading week); Lower band ("Gainers and Losers" from the previous trading week)

The ticker has been displayed continuously during the commercial breaks since 2001.

Visual properties of the CNBC Europe ticker

  • Size: Every band is 960px wide and 48 pixels high(in 1080i view), left justified along with CNBC logo and DOG clock.
  • Speed: Upper band passed 144px/sec, lower band passed 108px/sec.
  • There is a 85-pixel-transparent zone below the ticker.

Ticker used through CNBC Asia Programming

During CNBC Asia programming, the CNBC Asia ticker and bug bar of CNBC Asia is displayed (see below).

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 Ticker

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.

See also


  • Google Groups : misc.invest.stocks complete January 17, 1996, CNBC Ticker Guide [obsolete information]
  • NBCUniversal Cable - CNBC

External links

  • CNBC Ticker on
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