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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. Also make sure you check out the following pages and guides:

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.

  • 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???

      • Vatsal

        Its not a bike in gta 5 ps 4 and trevor does it

        • Samantha

          Actually, this random encounter can be found with all characters…

      • mason

        What happens if he gets scared and runs off

  • 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.

    • Joe

      Same happened to me and I’m on Xbox one does it matter

    • aron

      Finish mission or the whole game

    • Michael O

      it sometimes happens. check back later

  • 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.

      • Kimberly Bowden

        I’am working at home, working various simple jobs which only requires from you a PC and access to internet and I couldn’t be happier… After 6 months on this job and i got paid in total 36,000 dollars… Basicly i get paid close to $80/hour and work for 3-4 h a day.Best part to whole this thing is that you can decide when to work yourself and for how long and you get a paycheck at the end of each week.
        —>start here–>>>

    • 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.

    • BadMan

      You could have waited longer…. they go up and down frequently. If you miss the 1st time frame in which they go up.. wait for them to go down on max again , they will go back up eventually.

    • TrillBiz

      All you had to do is wait a little while. It will go up. I did the same thing.

  • david stover

    i hope this works

  • mario

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

    • kansasdude

      just the first

  • 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…

        • Kane

          I just did the first assassination mission with Lester and Frankin on PS4 and followed exactly how this guide said and I made 35% profit from BetaPharma and 100% profit from Bilkington! It’s not exaclty accurate but a profit is a damn profit!

    • Michael O

      ill try it…

  • 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…

    • dan

      I slept like 10 times before it worked

    • tonabona

      Yeah this happened to me i made money on debonaire but red wood i lost stack lik 134 dollars on each share slept like 10 times to see if it wpuld change but never did ???

  • 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.

  • Nick

    Betta only capped at 51.7% for me after the Hotel Assassination before it went down

    • Nick

      But I am playing the PS4 version or does it matter?

      • joe © mathieu

        I am as well, and that’s the most it hit for me. BTW, don’t follow the advice to buy Redwood after mission 2. It didn’t rebound for me.

        • Spergis

          Redwood does rebound but for some reason it didn’t show the 300% increase. It only showed like about 30% increase. So after i followed what the hints say i just sold it and wow!!! Just follow the advice.

          • Djbillyoh

            Worked for me, but it took over 7 days of saves. just keep a master save, and keep checking till it rises.

          • Chris

            Yeah i have 500.000.000 million with each

  • Jericho

    You actually don’t need to sleep 3x because I sleeped 3x it only pull down the

  • bomma26 ps4

    Allways save game before you buy and save it everytime it goes up! If it goes down by much reload the save and try again or sell!!!

    • Rowdy

      This helped me it may help you but your on the right track about saveing the game save the game before you invest your money in case you mess up alrite then once you do that go buy the stock that has tanked out the most and invest every penny once you do this save the game in a new slot once you do this just sleep one time then load the game were you invested all your money in the stock.
      immediately check your stock and sell it should be at its highest value ever and sell if you can fugure it out you can make all your characters have billions in no time

    • Tarell Goldsmith

      How do i find the stock market I’m lost

      • mdotk

        Browsing the in-game net on your in-game cell phone

  • Saleh

    Does it work on ps4 ??!!

  • Pete

    I,ve used BAWSAQ to this effect. Look at the markets page then click at the head of the column in value. It will immediately give you the lowest valued stock. Invest everyhting in it then save. Play the game for a bit then check the value every now and again. If the stock value falls reload the game before you saved it then re-invest the lot again then save. Keep doing this until the value of whichever company you are investing in starts to rise. I’ve found that once they reach rock bottom they fluctuate a bit so don’t lose heart. Every time they fall, go back to the save game before you invested and reinvest. I did this with WIZ and eventually invested evrything at $0.10 dollars. I sold at 3.69 and made an absolute fortune. Much more than the Lester missons!

  • dj_bell

    How do I get the BAWSAQ market to open?

  • Kay Money

    I’ve been blowing up taco trucks left and right and Clicking Bell doesn’t go up at all despite the fact it’s near the bottom of the range.

    It seems that the only way to move the stock market is missions which seems weak to me….

  • Neo

    Yesterday I was able to make a money on GoPostal stocks. I found PostOp HQ and there was GoPostal van parking next to it. I detonated it few times. After each detonation I was trying to loose cops so when I got back, the van was there again. Stocks of GoPostal went down to minimal value. Then I bought stocks for about 2 000 000 and went home sleep. I made on it about 3-5%. I did have time to test it more, but I will. But I think it is worth to demolish companny first to get lowest price on stocks and then buy them and you need a lot of money to profit on it. This was the fastest way to earn money on stock market without tips from Lester or other persons so far for me.
    Sorry for English. Hope it helps.

  • Death_Stroke_83

    You can’t wait til the end of the game to do these when finishing Blitz Play heist set-up Franklin texts Trevor or Michael and says to stall the job as he has something to do for Lester which is the first assassination mission

  • DethKlok_FouR20

    On PC so far with the Hotel Assassination. I used this guide and I tested this over and over for a few hours on just this mission, these were my max returns anyone have different? I got from 2mil to 7mil like this.

    ‘BET’ = Max profit I could get was 50%. Average was 50%, I couldn’t get much different.

    ‘BIL’ = Max profit was a huge 130% return. Average was around 120%.

    I bought ‘BET’ at $460 before mission and sold it at $690 after mission. Before mission it said there was a low of $459, but it wouldn’t budge from $460. After the mission ‘BET’ it will start at $677, just go to sleep once or twice and it hops up to $690, then sell.

    Then I bought ‘BIL’ at $103 after selling ‘BET’, but seen it get to $101 and sold it at luckily $239 after sleeping a bunch. The average was from $226-$229.

    • Omkar


  • Brandon Miller

    After I sold Debonaire after the 2nd assassination, I got $, then had all 3 characters buy redwood, then slept. not only did i not see an increase, but it went down 67% so all my characters are negative and i deleted my last save before that. so i cant go back to the previous save. the 300% redwood thing is a joke unless i did it wrong… can anyone help?

    • Ron Leigh

      u definitely did it wrong. i went from $500,000 to over 2 million with just Franklin alone. The trick is u have to let 3 days pass by on the game before the stock goes up 300%.

      • Synnerfan

        3 days? so would that be a wednesday or a thursday, if you ended it on a friday that is.

  • Namasteride

    My biggest money income is eCola. Do not touch any kind of cola truck so the price for eCola will drop. (mine was at $15 a share) Invest money for eCola when its low, blow up every cola truck you see except the smaller one that really says eCola. Stock rises to 30 – 40$ a share and u have doubled or even trippled your money. In my case i had nearly trippled 9mil up to 25-26mil!

    • Ron Leigh

      how many cola trucks did u blow up before seeing a huge return?

    • Lolow

      I did this three different times with different companies, works like a charm.

  • Faseluka Samuel

    I figured out one. First buy a rhino tank. Spend all your money on slaughter slaughter slaughter, then to make things easier stay at the airport with your rhino, cause lot of trouble and keep killing the police as long as you can. After doing this for about 10 minutes the shares would have gone up, it doesn’t goes higher tha 5% I guess. But for millions of dollars that’s a lot, sell it and see the money flow into the bank. I did it with 12m and made an extra one million at different times, the more money you invest the mush higher the profit goes.

  • Marcus

    No it’s not I ended up putting in about 48m each player on redwood. Waited about 3-4 days and sold them for 110m or more not exactly sure. Now I’m going into the construction assassination with almost 600m

  • Muhammad Usman

    how someone know, about their next mission. we have to buy before Mission. and we do not know which mission i am going to get.

  • ken

    on the debonaire/redwood stocks, make sure to invest before the mission with all characters, then go home with franklin, sleep a few times, keep checking the stock, then sell when it hits high, usually 2 or 3 “sleeps” then buy redwood, it should be around 4.11 when u buy it after selling debonaire, then wait a few days with franklin, i think it’s around 8 or so “sleeps” you don’t need to save every time u rest, and redwood should get to 301.55, sell it then.

  • caden

    i want 99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 money

    • Tarell Goldsmith

      Where is the stock place I’m lost

      • Jeremy

        There’s 2 – theyr’e on the internet from the phone or a computer

  • Johnny Barker

    The money glitch on the stock market for the life invaders does not work on xbox one any ideas

  • Sup

    I have only 90.000000000000.000000.00000000.00000000.

  • Wowsers

    Invested all my money in AuguryInsurance. Went on an hour rampage of vehicle destruction. Return to stock page. Stock plummeted. Lost $15,000,000 for each character. Thanks for the tips.

    • Anon

      Idiot. You’re supposed to destroy the company’s property first, then invest. The price will slowly go back up and you’ll make a return. You just invested in the company, and ruined the company’s vehicles which is why you lost money you moron.

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