GTA 5 Stock Market Guide (2024)

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Lester Assassination Missions

The "Lester Assassination Missions" method of investing in GTA 5's stock market is probably the most fool-proof method to make money in in the game, and lots of it too. Basically, it boils down buying and sell specific stocks before and after you complete the assassination missions for Lester (which are a big part of the single player story line). We have a page dedicated to Lester's Assassination Missions here.

High Frequency Stock Trading

This only works for LCN stocks and do make it worthwhile you need A LOT of money. For this reason it is good to do after you've finished all of Lester's assassination missions, for example. You should also know that the prices of the LCN stocks will refresh every 45 seconds while you're doing this.

  1. Look for the stock that has the lowest price (meaning you can buy more of it).
  2. Buy it (the maximum amount) and then immediately save your game. Don't muck around when doing this (you will have 45 seconds or less).
  3. Once saved then check the stock by pretending to purchase more. Provided you stay on the "purchase more stock page" the price will constantly refresh for you.
  4. If the stock price goes up, then save your game and repeat the steps above. If the stock price goes down then reload your initial save game and try again.

This can be a little annoying (having to wait through a lot of saving screens) but it can also be worthwhile provided you are investing a lot of money to begin with. The incremental changes won't be massive (maybe a few cents per price change) but they add up if you have loads of money riding on it...

Insurance Company Stock Tip

Head out on a mission of destruction and then immediately put some money into AugeryInsurance stock (AUG). When you destroyed lots of cars by damaging them, it should have caused the stock price to go down. Then after a while (and given you've stopped destroying things) the stock should shoot right back up!

LCN Stock Trading

When you're playing GTA V there will always be one particular stock on the LCN market that fluctuates within a set range (well pretty much a set range).

If you can find that stock and know it's range, then it's just a matter of continuously trading it to make money! When it goes down into the bottom of the trading range, buy it. Then when it goes up to the top, sell it!

Note that the stock in question for your game will not be one affected by the Assassination Missions (ie Debonaire Cigarettes, Redwood or GoldCoast).

Best Stocks to Buy & Sell

This table is useful because what is good for one company (i.e. its stock price will increase) will often be bad for its competitor (its stock price will decrease). So, if certain events happen in the game that might be good or bad for specific companies, you have a better idea of what stocks you should buy.

Competitor 1Competitor 2
Clucking BellTacoBomb
Slaughter, Slaughter & SlaughterBullhead

List of Stock Tickers for all BAWSAQ Stocks

  • Alpha Mail
  • Ammu-Nation (AMU)
  • Bank of Liberty
  • Badger Wireless (BADR)
  • Bean Machine (BEAN)
  • Biglogs (BIGL)
  • Binco (BNCO)
  • Bleeter (BLE)
  • Burger Shot (BSHT)
  • Candy Box (CABOX)
  • Canyon Entertainment (CANE)
  • Cluckin' Bell (CUBEL)
  • CNT (CNTU)
  • eCola (ECLA)
  • Eris (ERIS)
  • Eugenics Incorporated (UGEN)
  • (EYEF)
  • Fleeca (FLEE)
  • Fruit Computers (FRUC)
  • Genic (GNIC)
  • Globe Oil (GLBOIL)
  • Gruppe Sechs
  • Heat
  • Liberty Tree (LIBT)
  • Limit
  • Logger Beer (LOGR)
  • Liberty Sports Network (LSNW)
  • MeTV (METV)
  • Nx-Jn (NXJN)
  • Pißwasser
  • RON Oil (RONO)
  • Shark Credit Card (SHRK)
  • Schmidt & Priss
  • Sprunk (SPUK)
  • Tinkle Telecom (TIKL)
  • Weazel Networks (WZNT)
  • Whiz Wireless (WHIZ)
  • Xero (XGAS)

eCola Stock

Our eCola stock market guide has its own page here. By following the steps you can earn a ton of money early on in single player mode.

List of Stock Tickers for all LCN Stocks

  • ARK - AnimalArk
  • AUG - AuguryInsurance
  • BAN - CoolBeans
  • BEN - BeanMachine
  • BGR - BurgerShot
  • BIL - Bilkington
  • BOL - BankOfLiberty
  • BOM - BobMulét
  • BUL - Bullhead
  • CLK - CluckinBell
  • DEB - Debonaire
  • DOP - DollarPills
  • ECL - eCola
  • EMU - AirEmu
  • FLC - Fleeca
  • FUS - FlyUS
  • GAS - GastroBand
  • GCD - GoldCoast
  • GOP - GoPostal
  • GRU - GruppeSechs
  • HAF - Hammerstein&Faust
  • HKJ - Hijak
  • KRP - Krapea
  • LFI - Lifeinvader
  • LOG - Logger
  • MAX - MaxRenda
  • MAZ - MazeBank
  • MER - Merryweather
  • MOR - MorsMutualInsurance
  • POP - PostOP
  • PRO - ProLaps
  • RAI - Raine
  • RIM - RichardsMajestic
  • RLS - RadioLosSantos
  • RWC - Redwood
  • SSS - Slaughter,Slaughter&Slaughter
  • TBO - TacoBomb
  • UNI - VanillaUnicorn
  • UPA - Up-n-Atom
  • VAG - Vangelico
  • WFM - WorldwideFM

Radio Stock Tips

If you listen often to talk back radio stations then you're more likely to hear about stock tips. If you do happen to hear something, load up on the stock being discussed to profit!

Stock Market - Buy Cheap and Sell High

Here's a way to score some cheap stock and then also increase its value.

This tactic hinges on the company rivalry/competitor system, and is centered around the Los Santos International Airport. If you check out our chart above, you'll note that AirEMU and FlyUS are rival airline companies, and this can be used to earn big time. Before starting this, make sure to save your game so you have a restore point with all your money in case something goes wrong.

To start out, you need to purchase all the AirEMU stock that you can. After that, start destroying FlyUS planes at the airport. There should be plenty, and the large liveries on the sides of the planes will let you know what airline they belong to. By destroying the planes, you can steadily decrease FlyUS' market value, thus increasing AirEMU.

By piloting FlyUS planes and crashing them, you can decrease their value by a greater magnitude, but this is pretty time-consuming. After you have destroyed a bunch of planes, commit suicide or go to sleep at one of your properties, but do not save the game. Check the stock market a few times, and keep killing yourself/sleeping until the profit percentage increases. I can go as high as 10%, but if it stops increasing after a while just get your winnings and sell as high as you can.

Tinkle Stock Tip

Ideally this is best done later in the game when you have serious cash to invest...

  1. First get all your characters to invest in Tinkle (TNK) on the BAWSAQ.
  2. Then head to Hitch Lift 1 using Michael as your character and you'll see a guy to pick up.
  3. You need to take him to the Airport and along the way he'll tell you about a particular stock that is going to increase in value.
  4. $Profit$

Trading Days and Advancing Time

Each trading day on the stock market begins at 8am (except weekends), so if you are advancing time, then make sure you check it at 8am each day. Advancing time via sleeping will put your forward 8 hours.

And if you want to advance time more quickly/efficiently, you don't have to actually save. Instead just go head into the save screen when at a bed and then exit. This is enough to advance time.

Greetings, fellow enthusiasts! As someone deeply entrenched in the world of Grand Theft Auto V, particularly its intricate stock market mechanics, I'm excited to share my wealth of knowledge on maximizing your in-game financial gains. My extensive experience and meticulous exploration of the game's features make me your go-to guide for navigating the labyrinth of stocks and investments in Los Santos.

Let's delve into the key concepts highlighted in the article you provided:

Lester Assassination Missions

The Lester Assassination Missions represent a fool-proof method for amassing substantial wealth in GTA 5's stock market. By strategically buying and selling specific stocks before and after completing these missions, players can capitalize on market fluctuations. These missions are an integral part of the single-player storyline, offering a lucrative avenue for financial success.

High-Frequency Stock Trading

Exclusive to LCN stocks, high-frequency trading becomes worthwhile after completing Lester's assassination missions. The strategy involves rapidly buying and selling the stock with the lowest price, leveraging the 45-second stock price refresh window. While the incremental changes may seem minimal, they accumulate into significant profits for those willing to invest substantial amounts.

Insurance Company Stock Tip

Creating chaos and then investing in AuguryInsurance stock (AUG) is a unique strategy. Damaging numerous cars causes the stock price to drop, presenting an opportunity to invest. As the chaos subsides, the stock is expected to rebound, allowing players to capitalize on the market's response to destructive events.

LCN Stock Trading

Identifying a specific stock on the LCN market that consistently fluctuates within a set range presents an ongoing trading opportunity. Buying low and selling high within this established range enables players to generate consistent profits. Notably, this strategy excludes stocks affected by Lester's assassination missions.

Best Stocks to Buy & Sell

Understanding the dynamics of competitor relationships is crucial. The provided table lists pairs of rival companies in the game, indicating that events affecting one may impact the other inversely. This information aids players in making informed decisions about which stocks to buy based on anticipated game events.

List of Stock Tickers for all BAWSAQ Stocks

The BAWSAQ stock market features a diverse array of stocks, each with its own ticker symbol. Knowing these symbols is essential for executing targeted investment strategies. The list includes companies like Ammu-Nation (AMU), Bean Machine (BEAN), and eCola (ECLA), among others.

eCola Stock

A dedicated guide for eCola stock trading provides players with steps to amass substantial wealth early in single-player mode. Following these steps ensures a strategic approach to maximizing returns.

Radio Stock Tips

Listening to talk-back radio stations can provide valuable stock tips. Acting on information heard on these stations allows players to capitalize on emerging market trends and potential stock value increases.

Stock Market - Buy Cheap and Sell High

Exploiting the rivalry between companies, particularly AirEMU and FlyUS, players can manipulate stock prices. Destroying FlyUS planes and subsequently investing in AirEMU stocks when their value is low sets the stage for substantial profits.

Tinkle Stock Tip

Investing in Tinkle (TNK) on the BAWSAQ, coupled with information from Hitch Lift 1, offers a strategy for significant returns. This tip is particularly effective when characters have amassed substantial funds.

Trading Days and Advancing Time

Understanding the stock market's operating hours and the significance of advancing time at specific intervals is crucial. Monitoring the market at 8 am each trading day allows players to make informed investment decisions. Additionally, efficient time advancement without saving can streamline the gameplay experience.

Armed with this comprehensive understanding of GTA 5's stock market intricacies, you're now poised to embark on a financial adventure in Los Santos. Happy investing!

GTA 5 Stock Market Guide (2024)


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