ticker tape


Definition of ticker tape

: the paper ribbon on which a telegraphic ticker prints off its information

Examples of ticker tape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Straight girls and gay girls.’’ The parade is named for the strands of ticker tape that used to be showered down from nearby office buildings. Ali Swenson, BostonGlobe.com, "Fans cheer World Cup champs as leaders on and off the field," 10 July 2019 The ticker tape parade up the Canyon of Heroes, the site of Olympic team celebrations and other championship parades, will commemorate the team's fourth World Cup title since 1991. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "How to watch the U.S. Women's National Team victory parade in New York City," 9 July 2019 Chants of the phrase rang out from the stands after the team’s championship victory against the Netherlands last month, and later throughout the Canyon of Heroes as the women were feted with a ticker tape parade. Maggie Mertens, The Atlantic, "What the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Needs More Than Equal Pay," 3 Aug. 2019 On Wednesday, the team won trophies at The ESPYS and was honored with a ticker tape parade in New York City. Mesfin Fekadu, Houston Chronicle, "Former Dash player celebrates World Cup win with lap dance from J. Lo," 13 July 2019 The parade is named for the strands of ticker tape that used to be showered down from nearby office buildings. Ali Swenson, Twin Cities, "Fans celebrate World Cup champs, rally for equal pay," 10 July 2019 The parade is named for the strands of ticker tape that used to be showered down from nearby office buildings. Time, "Megan Rapinoe Swigs Champagne With Fans During Triumphant Women's World Cup Victory Parade," 10 July 2019 That’s the predicament of the champions, who will get a ticker tape parade in New York City on Wednesday to celebrate back-to-back World Cup championships. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "Get on the right side of history, US Soccer: Equal pay for the women’s team — now," 8 July 2019 While the popular image of the end of World War I in November 1918 includes ticker tape parades and jubilant celebration, the reality was far different. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "To Remember the Chicago Race Riot of 1919, Commemoration Project Looks to Public Art," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of ticker tape

1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Ticker tape.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ticker%20tape. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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Financial Definition of ticker tape

What It Is

Ticker tape was the paper strip used to transmit stock prices before the use of computers.

How It Works

A typical ticker tape quote has five components: the ticker symbol, shares traded, price, change direction, and change in price. This format is largely unchanged today.

The first ticker tape came about around 1867 with the advent of the telegraph. Prices and volumes after every trade appeared from the machine on a long, thin strip of paper, and there was a long delay that got shorter (around 15-20 minutes) as the technology improved by the 1940s and 1950s. Throughout the trading day, new quotes streamed through on the ticker tape.

One of the most interesting effects of ticker tape, aside from the relatively faster information dissemination, was the response of the brokers. To keep a constant eye on stock prices, many brokers who did business on the New York Stock Exchange set up offices near the exchange just so they could get a steady supply of tape from messengers who ran back and forth from the trading floor. Before 2001, stock prices were quoted in fractions (i.e. 20 1/8) instead of decimals (20.125).

Why It Matters

Whether the name came from the sound the machine made while printing stock prices or from the notion that a movement up or down in price is called a tick, ticker tape is still the colloquial term for a stream of stock prices, including volume. Actual ticker tape gave way long ago to electronic reporting, but today it still stands as symbol of American capitalism (and it's handy for parades, too).

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English Language Learners Definition of ticker tape

: long, thin pieces of paper on which news and stock prices are printed by a special machine (called a ticker)

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