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What's in a Name? For Stock Tickers, Plenty.

Putting some energy into it
The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN is a mouthful, but its intentionally misspelled ticker, (GAZ), tells you all you need to know.

Depending on what commodity or energy specialty you want a fund to track, the tickers can guide you right to them. There is (OIL) for iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return, (WOOD) for the iShares S&P Global Timber & Forestry Index Fund and (KOL) for the Market Vectors Coal ETF.

Green-energy advocates can similarly check into (GRID) for the First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Smart Grid Infrastructure Index Fund, (TAN) as in exposure to the sun and the Claymore MAC Global Solar Energy Index ETF and (FAN) for the First Trust ISE Global Wind Energy Index.

-- Written by Joe Mont in Boston.

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