GTA 5 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.

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’ve completed the campaign and the mission “The Big Score” and should have lots of money) to do the missions. This will let you invest the most and also realize the most profits… Each character will have between $40 and $100 MILLION!

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 – if you need to advance some days in order for the stock price to move as desired, go to a safehouse and fall asleep. This will pass the time enough for your investments to spike. Then sell them!

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

Assassination MissionStock to Purchase Before MissionNotes
Hotel AssassinationBetaPharmaceuticals (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 AssassinationDebonaire 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 AssassinationFruit (BAWSAQ)Sell Fruit after the mission (50% profit)
The Bus AssassinationVapid (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 AssassinationGoldCoast (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

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 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 1Competitor 2
CoolBeansBeanMachine
BurgershotUp-An-Atom
Clucking BellTacoBomb
FlyUSAirEmu
GoPostalPostOP
BilkingtonDollarPills
PisswasserLogger
MazeBankBankOfLiberty
RedwoodDebonaire
Slaughter, Slaughter & SlaughterBullhead
RadioLosSantosWorldwideFM
eColaRaine

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)
  • Eyefind.info (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)
  • WIWANG (WIW)
  • 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…

stock-tip-location

  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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    1. He appears on the road to the left of the marker (on the loop road). His car is broken down and he’s shouting for a lift. Only seems to appear randomly. and you don’t have to use just Michael, I used Franklin

  1. Hi,
    I am trying to earn money from stock market but I am experiencing in game glitches.
    when I click on animal ark it takes me to eCola. and when i try to invest in augury insurance it takes me to BAWSAQ which is offline. what do I do? any help would be appreciated

  2. Thanks!

    On April 2016 (PC) I got some different rates of ROI, maybe they updated something, idk.

    assassination 1

    Beta (baw) 49.99%

    Bilkington (lcn) 106

    assassination 2

    Debonaire (lcn) 59.03

    Redwood (lcn) 294.5

    assassination 3

    Fruit (baw) 25

    assassination 4

    Vapid (baw) 51.02

    assassination 5

    GoldCoast (lcn) 59.11

  3. EVERYTHING SHOULD BE MARKED ON MAP OF LOS SANTOS,INCLUDING COMPANIES,AND GAS STATIONS.BUT THEY ARE NOT ON THE MAP OF LOS SANTOS,AND THAT IS ONE THING THAT MAKES GTA V USELESS EFFORT.

  4. I have five million dollars from completing the game and every time I do one of these tricks I only gain an extra twenty dollars or something like that and it would be helpful if some one can give me the way to make the most money. BTW I already did all my assassination missions so I can’t do any more.

  5. 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.

    1. 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.

        1. no, he didn’t. “Head out on a mission of destruction and then immediately put some money into AugeryInsurance stock (AUG).”

          see how it says, destruction THEN put money in the stock? which is first? destruction or investment?

    2. OMG Wowsers

      How can you be that stupid?
      Even if you did not read the tips, how the hell would you think buying up stocks then destroying stuff that the stock represents would make it rise? That;s like buying Pepsi stock then poisoning the world supply of Pepsi thinking that the stock will rise because people STOPPED buying Pepsi

    3. U Also could have just waited for the stock to level back out to at least break even. Lil advice read tips carefully and more than one time b4 doing them and Dont believe everytip out their either!

    1. Yes its a glitch so you are not supposed to exploit it. this glitch does work on ps4 and again you are not supposed to exploit it.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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?

    1. 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%.

  11. 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 and I will make a report on my later heists and stuff.

    ‘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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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….

  15. 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!

  16. 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!!!

    1. 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

        1. 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.

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

      1. anyone now who keeps robbin my pimped out cars everytime i save one in garege its never there when i reload game even thoe i stole them its takin the piss bitches be robbin me in my sleep any cheats for if i catch you i own u

    1. 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 ???

        1. 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

  19. Make money on the stock market – NO glitch/cheat

    eCola
    – 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.

    At
    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
    $125.

    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.

        1. 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!

  20. 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?

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  21. The dude is on the other side of the highway across the from that location on the map, well that’s where I found him, you get like 2.5 mins to drive the dude to the airport, its really easy : ) and Thnx for the tips GTA5cheats.com and Toddfa : )

    1. 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.

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