So How Many Stocks Really Are There?

Have you ever wondered how many different stocks are available to investors? $3,000? $5,000? $10,000?

Well, here is the answer. First, according to NASDAQ, there are 3,274 stocks traded on NASDAQ. The same source says that there are 3,144 stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange and 358 American Stock Exchange traded stocks.

Now we get to the over-the-counter companies. This includes all the various levels of OTC stocks, Pink Sheet stocks, and Grey Market stocks. There are actually 17,355 stocks in all these categories, according to

Add these altogether and shat you get is a total of 24,131 stocks.

Dirty Words in SEC Stock Filings

When I have free time on my hands and have nothing better to do, I look for dirty words on Securities and Exchange filings. Just kidding!

Surprisingly, several stocks have filed forms with the SEC that has the “S” word and the “F” word hidden away. And these aren’t just obscure companies. Some of these are famous names.

Sometimes the word is a typo, sometimes it is quoting from a conversation, and some times the company really means to say it.

The “S” Word

One example is Shopify (SHOP). On its Exhibit 1.1 for the Form 40-F [2016 Annual InformationForm], the “S” word is shown in the Culture & Employees section.


LendingClub (LC) has what appears to be a typo for an occupation on its Form 424B3.


The “F” Word

Time Warner Cable (TWX) had an interesting quote in its Form 425 filing.

Time Warner Cable

These are just a few examples from the large companies. There are a few other filings with interesting words from companies that are not as well known.

Shit, I realized I got through writing this whole article without using one dirty four letter word.

Trivia: The iPhone Name was Originally Owned by Cisco, Not Apple

Here is a bit of financial trivia for you.  Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO), released its iPhone on Monday, December 18, 2006, which was a phone that connects to a home wireless network for making phone calls through the Internet using the Skype service. Skype was originally owned by eBay Inc. (EBAY)at the time and is now owned by Microsoft (MSFT).

It had been anticipated that Apple Computer Corp. (AAPL) would be using the iPhone name back then, but it had been registered by Cisco in 2000. The iPhone trademark is now owned by Apple.

More info about the “first” iPhone release can be found here, an article from bizjournals back in 2006.