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Reading Mutual Fund Stock Tables




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Reading Mutual Fund Stock Tables

Mutual fund stock tables published in most daily newspapers identify no-load funds with the symbol "NL." Footnotes flag those that have appended various charges.

  • The first column is the fund's name, often abbreviated. Several funds listed under a single heading indicate a family of funds. For symbols following fund names, see below.
  • The second column is the Net Asset Value (NAV) per share as of the close of the preceding business day. In some newspapers, the NAV is identified as the sell or the bid price -- the amount, per share, you would receive if you sold your shares, less any deferred sales charges.
  • The third column is the offering price or, in some papers, the buy or asked price -- the price you would pay if you purchased shares. The buy price is the NAV plus any sales charges. NL, for no-load, appears in this column, and the buy price is the same as the NAV. If the NAV and the offer price are the same, it means the fund has no initial load, but it does have a CDSC.
  • The fourth column shows the change, if any in net asset value from the preceding quotation -- in other words, the change over the most recent one-day trading period.
                            Offer         NAV
                     NAV    Price      Change

AAL Mutual:               

 Bond p            10.50   11.02         ...

 CaGr p            14.03   14.73       + .02

 MuBd p            10.61   11.14       - .01

AARP Invst:

 CaGr              29.88      NL       - .01

 GiniM             16.08      NL       + .02

 Gthinc            28.06      NL       - .03

 HQ Bd             16.27      NL       + .01

 TxF Bd            17.80      NL       + .01

ABT Funds:

 Emrg p            11.04   11.59       + .04

 FL TF             10.80   11.34       - .01

 Gthin p           10.09   10.59       - .02

 Ufflin p          12.61   13.24       + .02

AHA Funds:

 Balan             12.06      NL         ...

 Full              10.69      NL         ...

 Lim               10.57      NL       - .01

AIM Funds:

 AdlGv p            9.90   10.21         ...

 Chart p            8.14    8.61       + .02

 Const p           12.53   13.26       + .06

 Cv Yid p          12.74   13.38       + .04

 Hlyld p            5.64    5.92         ...

 IntlE p            8.96    9.48       + .01

 LimM p            10.22   10.32         ...

 Sumit              9.40     ...       + .01

 TF Int            10.55   10.88         ...

 Weing p           16.14   17.08       + .06

AIM Funds C:

 AgrsvC p          15.66   16.57       + .12

 GoScC p           10.39   10.91         ...

 GrthC p           13.62   14.41       + .06

 HYidC p            9.42    9.99       + .02

 IncoC p            8.10    8.50       + .01

 MuBC p             8.28    8.69         ...

 TeCtC p           10.62   11.15       - .01

 UtilC p           13.83   14.63       + .01

 ValuC p           18.18   19.24       + .05

AMF Funds:

 AdjMtg            10.01      NL         ...

 IntMtg             9.94      NL         ...

Symbols

  • An "r" after the name indicates the fund has either a redemption fee or a CDSC (a contingent deferred sales charge).
  • "p" means the fund has a 12b-1 plan.
  • An "f" after the fund's name indicates the price is for the previous day.
  • A "t" indicates the fund has both a "./" and an "r."
  • "x" indicates the fund went ex-dividend the previous day.
  • "e" is "ex" a capital gains distribution.
  • "s" the fund split its shares or declared a stock dividend.

 

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