TICKER from SEC XBRL Data

A firm’s ticker is an identifier of the stock trading symbol which researchers use in sample selection of archival research. One of the financial statement research data challenges is getting the ticker from SEC data because the SEC focus is the CIK for use in filings. Alternatives include commercial data base coding and computer sort/merge from stock market exchange lists. However it is now possible to get XBRL financial statements from the SEC (see http://www.sec.gov/dera/data/financial-statement-data-sets.html#.VOJiWC5x2Fs) which has the ticker in the data. See an 8 step EXCEL spreadsheet walkthrough at
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