Stock Market Tips

Below are all the hints and tips you need to make tonnes of cash on the stock market in Grand Theft Auto V. If you have any tips of your own, feel free to send them in! Also don’t forget to check out our guide specifically in relation to the eCola stock – you can earn a ton of money early on in single player mode by following the steps.

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GTA V Stock Market Tips

Assassination Mission Stock Investing

As Franklin you can do assassination missions for Lester and each time you carry out a hit, the stock market will be affected.

Here is a big tip (and it isn’t even the main one) – if you really want to cash-in, then wait until the end of the game (when you should have lots of money) to do the missions. This will let you invest the most and also realize the most profits…

You also need to cycle through each of your characters before each mission so that you can invest all their money in the relevant stock. And, before you start a mission, make sure you quick save in case you make a mistake.

One final thing – after you do a mission, go to a safehouse and fall asleep three times. This will pass the time enough for your investments to spike up. Then sell them!

So anyway, invest in the stock listed before each assassination mission and follow any other notes. Enjoy!

Assassination Mission Stock to Purchase Before Mission Notes
Hotel Assassination BetaPharmaceuticals (BAWSAQ) Sell Beta after the mission (80% profit). Then wait at least three days in-game and purchase Bilkington (LCN), then wait a week or more for it to rebound and sell it before the second mission (80% profit).
The Multi Target Assassination Debonaire Cigarettes (LCN) Sell Debonaire after this second mission (80% profit) then purchase Redwood (LCN). Do not do the third mission yet, but instead advance the game for two days then sell Redwood (300% profit)
The Vice Assassination Fruit (BAWSAQ) Sell Fruit after the mission (50% profit)
The Bus Assassination Vapid (BAWSAQ) Invest in Vapid only AFTER you complete the mission. Do not do the fifth mission yet, but instead advance the game for two days then sell Vapid (100% profit)
The Construction Assassination GoldCoast (LCN) Sell GoldCoast after the mission (80% profit)

BAWSAQ Stocks Tracker/Historic Data

Someone created this website which contains historic pricing information for all of the stocks on the BAWSAQ.

Helpful if you know how to use that sort of information (we aren’t claiming to…)!

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

Put some money into AugeryInsurance stock (AUG) and then head out on a mission of destruction. Take out lots of cars by damaging and destroying them, and the stock price should go up!

LCN Investing via Assassinations

Before the assassination missions below switch to each of your characters and then invest all your money in the company listed. That company will benefit from the assassination you’re about to carry out and your LCN stocks will rise in value.

  1. The Hotel Assassination – Betapharmasuticals
  2. The Multi Target Assassination – Debonaire
  3. The Vice Assassination – iFruit
  4. Construction Assassination – Gold Coast Development

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).

List of Competing Companies

Competitor 1 Competitor 2
CoolBeans BeanMachine
Burgershot Up-An-Atom
Clucking Bell TacoBomb
FlyUS AirEmu
GoPostal PostOP
Bilkington DollarPills
Pisswasser Logger
MazeBank BankOfLiberty
Redwood Debonaire
Slaughter, Slaughter & Slaughter Bullhead
RadioLosSantos WorldwideFM
eCola Raine

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)

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 it’s value.

First simply shoot down a plane operated a by a particular company. The value of its shares should decrease. Then you buy up large.

After that, shoot down the planes of rivals to the first company that you now hold stock in. The value of the stocks should go back up!

Targeting Competing Companies and Stock Market Money Making

When you do anything in Grand Theft Auto V that effects a company (like robbing a bank or gas station, or blowing up a plane) then its stock price will usually decrease to an extent (the more stuff you do to that company the lower it’s price will go).

Anyway, the price of stock in competitors of whatever company you targeting should also go up! So combining the two we have this list here. It shows which two companies are competitors of each other. So if you’re going to target FlyUS and take out a few planes you should buy AirEmu stock (and vice-versa).

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. $Profit$

Thanks toddfa

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.

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  • socaboy

    If I dont see a dude waiting for me at that location, would that mean I have already done it?

    • CAOSWOLF395

      no its a random encounter keep driving by. its like the bike guy his bike gets jacked you give back and go dif loc hes getting jacked again give his bike back and he gives you stock you use franlin by the way.

      • eyedropz

        is there usually a certain time???

  • Chris

    It always says the website is down for maintenance when I try to check bawsaq? Help?

    • kt

      you need to log in your playstation account and Rock* social club account

    • Seth Tate

      Probably not signed in to xbox live

    • dCBrewster

      Not signed into XBox Live properly. Probably an issue with the router – need to chance the NAT settings, or at least turn on the unPNP setting.

  • Paul

    no it means ur a docueas!

  • DanFitz

    I lost millions after the mission where I was supposed to buy Fruit stocks. I waited about a day and a half to check the value after I finished and it had dropped over 50%. I lost over 7 million total with all 3 guys. Did I do something wrong? Should I not have waited so long to check the price?

    • Guy

      i’m pretty sure you’re supposed to buy before The Vice Assassination mission and then sell immediately after.

    • Michael Mccaughan

      it refreshes every 45 secs so you dont need to wait so long

    • Jim

      The secret to doing this is. turn off the auto save of GTA V. Try the mission 3 times and do it like the Guy below says.

  • david stover

    i hope this works

  • mario

    but to continue the game i must do lester’s missions

  • ACE1TheftAuto

    Make money on the stock market – NO glitch/cheat

    – best return value

    start of game – price per share fluctuates between 3 and 6 dollars
    Later – price per share fluctuates between 125 and 140 dollars.

    the beginning of the game go through the story missions with Franklin
    and Michael, but DO NOT do the mission to blow the face off the life
    invader dude, Jay Norris (first Lester mission for Michael). Before
    starting this mission, you need to rack up some cash so you can buy
    eCola shares. So go make money what ever way you can, although there are
    not a lot of options at this point in the game.

    With Franklin, do
    as many races as you can/like. With Michael, rob the armored trucks,
    preferably the one which appears at the closed down Burger Shot around
    Little Seoul and the one which appears in the north at Paleto Bay near
    the parking lot of the Ammu-nation. I’ve noticed these two locations are
    likely to pay the most because the guards are out of the truck with a
    suitcase, you just have to get it. (Note: The armored trucks are not as
    frequently accessible as the races and you may need to find ways to
    spend your time as you drive around checking for the guys with the
    suitcase from time to time)

    It takes a while to gain a lot of
    money this way, but you just need to buy enough eCola shares to turn it
    into a lot more. At the low price between $3 and $6 per share, 25,000
    shares (chose this number at random, buy as few or as many shares as you
    desire) will cost around $75,000 to $150,000. Once you acquire the
    number of share you want, forget about all this time you feel has been
    wasted to purchase these dirt cheap shares of eCola and continue the
    story missions with both characters.

    Trevor starts with $100,000
    so just purchase eCola shares when you first switch to his part of the
    story just after the jewelry store heist. The value of eCola is
    fluctuating between $4 to $6 per share at this point. Continue on with
    the story missions and wait for the price of eCola shares to rise above

    25,000 shares of eCola should pay out close to 3,000,000 or
    more. so it is up to you how much time you want to spend making money to
    purchase shares. Then you have a decent amount to work with until you
    make more off the stock market or from your cut at the end of the game.
    Enjoy or not, whatever.

    • Bretto

      So sell the shares after that mission? Or before

    • gooniemane

      I just started the game and e cola is 230 dollars

      • Guest

        Next gen had different methods, I’ve lost all my money in the stocks following this…

  • codmaster6659

    Thanks it helped a lot

  • The Don

    Why didn’t I gain a profit after selling Debonaire right after the mission then purchased redwood then slept 3 times…

  • eyedropz

    is there usually a certain time??? of day

  • Jaxon940

    Go on you tube and look up stock market tips the video tells you how to get max money. Only with frank and Mike. And only after the Lifeinvader mission. Buy the lifenvader stock when its the lowest one on the chart then all you can the turn right around and sell it keep doing this rack time your money will double. I got max money doing this. Works great no B.S

  • Jake242

    I submitted a way to earn billions to this site…. look out for it, its gonna rock your world.-)

  • Chad

    Life Invader is actually a great stock after the mission where you have to kill the CEO.

    By mid game, Life Invader is capable of dropping to $1-4 per share and is capable of hitting around $20 per share. This is the largest bottom/top flow in the game.

    I have purchased LI shares at $1 per share and sold at $20 per. That’s a 2000% return on investment.

    Great way to make lots of money mid game.

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