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Can I trust the Motley Fool?

A while back I checked out The Motley Fool while doing some research on mutual funds. I found their educational content to be a great overview of what to look for and started exploring. While The ...
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Does doing your “research”/“homework” on stocks make any sense?

One thing about investing has always bothered me. You constantly hear people saying you need to "do your research" or "do your homework" on a company before buying their stock. I rarely watch Mad ...
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What publicly available software do professional stock traders use for stock analysis?

What publicly available software do professional stock traders use for stock analysis? I assume they use something more advanced than Google Finance... right?
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Which Benjamin Graham book should I read first: Security Analysis or Intelligent Investor?

I recently graduated from engineering and I want to know more about investing. I'm particularly interested in Benjamin Graham's ideas. I want to read all of his books, but I couldn't decide which one ...
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How can this stock have an intra-day range of more than 90% on 24Aug2015?

I am looking at this stock BKCC and was shocked at one point at its price of only $0.97. Just within 1 hour of opening, BKCC traded between $0.97 and $9.5. How can this be so, particularly when it is ...
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Importance of dividend yield when evaluating a stock?

Why is the dividend yield (Dividend divided by market price) of a stock a valuable parameter to consider when evaluating a stock? By looking at it, what can one infer about the stock? edit: Thanks ...
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What are the implications of a corporate stock repurchase or share buyback program?

Zynga's board recently announced their authorization of repurchasing up to $200M shares of Class A stock. What are the implications when a company repurchases their own stock? Some specific ...
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How much of my capital should I spend on subscribing to a stock research company?

I've subscribed for a free 2 month trial to a stock research company and so far it has made me good money so far. I've now been offered a 1 year subscription for a fee of $599. I have a capital of ...
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How can I remove the movement of the stock market as a whole from the movement in price of an individual share?

I think it would be useful to have a chart that shows how much a specific share out- or under-performs the composite index, e.g. Apple compared to the Nasdaq-100. I think (though I may be naive about ...
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Correct calculation for determining real business book value per share?

I'm trying to calculate the real value of a business and, as an example, I picked Netflix. From their latest financial statements I can see that: Assets value is: $3,065,709,000 Liabilities value ...
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Can one see the transactions in the stock market?

If I am interested to see the individual transactions in a certain exchange market (e.g. NYSE) for a certain stock (e.g. GOOG) - is it possible?
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How useful is the PEG Ratio for large cap stocks?

I've read a few articles recently that discuss the PEG (Price/Earnings to Growth) Ratio and how, when it's 1 or lower, it can mean that the company is undervalued, and thus a good investment (I know ...
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What could cause a stock to trade below book value?

A company's book value is the worth of all their assets. What would cause a stock to trade below book value?
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What does “/” and “^” mean in ticker symbols? How to translate these symbols into yahoo?

I have downloaded a complete list of all NYSE stock symbols from the NASDAQ website here. As it turns out, many of these symbols are not recognized by the yahoo finance page. In particular, there ...
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Why does the biotechnology industry have such a high PE ratio?

I'm looking at this link, which lists P/E ratios by industry. I see that biotechnology has a P/E ratio of 145, which is very high compared to other industries. What is so special about this industry ...
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Where can I find a breakdown of Google stock ownership?

I'm looking for a not too out of date source of information that lists who owns Google stock and how much they own. Is this available online somewhere?
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How do I factor dividends and yield into the performance of a security?

The basic stock chart tracks the price of the stock. As discussed here the price of the stock drops by the amount of the dividend. So when a dividend pays out the stock chart makes it look like ...
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Valuation, pricing, and analysis of securities

I was wondering what differences are between valuation and pricing of securities? To me, they seem identical and for identical purposes. If not, what is each of them trying to get from what is ...
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Understanding company income statements: What is a good profit margin that would make it worthwhile to invest?

I have been learning about how to read and understand a stock company's income statement and using those variables to determine the worth of the stock. My question is, what is a good profit margin for ...
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Why can the institutional ownership of shares be larger than 100%?

Why it's larger than 100%? What is the meaning of this number? Thanks,
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What does “more buyers than sellers” in technical analysis of stocks actually mean?

I often hear/read technical analysts looking at volume and price action on a chart and claiming that there are "more buyers than sellers" or vice versa. Since every trade requires a buyer and a ...
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Where can one graph portfolio performance over time?

I'm used to my employer provided 401k website, which allows me to see a "personal rate of return" over a specified time period, plotted on a line chart. It also allows me to see individual stocks and ...
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Where can I obtain historic ratios for a sector?

I am trying to compare an individual company's historic annual ratios (leverage, liquidity, profitability, shareholder return, etc.) to its sector average. However, I can't find these numbers for a ...
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Is an analyst's “price target” assumed to be for 12 months out?

I was surprised to see this announcement from Zach's Investment Research re: AAPL stock: "We maintain our Neutral rating on the stock and raise our price target to $354.” But AAPL is today trading ...
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Does money made by a company on selling its shares show up in Balance sheet

When we purchase shares of a company for a certain sum of money (e.g: 1000 dollars), is this money immediately available to the company as a cash flow? In the balance sheet, will this money show up ...
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If a company's assets are worth more than its market cap, can one say the shares must be undervalued?

Imagine a company sold a 10% stake in one of its assets to a 3rd party for $100 million. It would be fair to assume that the asset is worth $1 billion. If that company had 200 million shares issued, ...
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Is there a way to set a stop for a stock before you own it?

Here's the situation: I like to place buy orders when the market is closed. However, I do not like to wake up at 630 (pacific time) to set a stop order to sell the stock. Is it possible on merrill ...
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Why would analysts recommend buying companies with negative net income?

Can anyone explain why some analysts recommend companies in the biopharmacy sector as a "buy" even though they have high R&D costs and no real profit? I followed three companies and I see the ...
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I did an experiment with analysts recommendations. How to analyze the results?

About 1.5 months ago, I saw a web ad saying something like "click here to see 7 stocks that are going to rise in the following 30 days". I thought it was spam, but the name "Zacks" sounded familiar, ...
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What is the “point” (purpose) of the S&P 500?

I've long wondered about the philosophy behind the selection of stocks in the S&P 500. I've assumed that it was intended as a market indicator, with the selection being those that best paralleled ...
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What are the common moving averages used in a “Golden Cross” stock evaluation?

With stock evaluations, we have the "golden cross" event where short and long term moving averages cross over and we have a potential bull market soon. I have seen some definitions use the 200 day ...
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Is there a way to monitor when executives or leaders in a company sell off large holdings?

Often a stock price change can be related to when an executive, board director, or president quickly sell off their current company holdings. Is there a way of monitoring a company's insiders ...
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Benjamin Graham: Minimum Size of the company

In the book "Intelligent Investor", Graham recommends a minimum annual sales figure of 100 Million $ as one of the criteria. How do we adjust this figure for Inflation and a country other than the ...
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Calculating historic S&P 500 returns

I'm using the S&P 500 data provided by Robert Shiller which goes back to 1871. I've then calculated the percent return for each month, the simple arithmetic average is 0.43%. Calculating the ...
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What are support and resistance of a stock?

Checking Second Opinion report for a stock I saw the following: Look for Support at 14.81 Watch for resistance at 15.37 Could anyone please explain what this means?
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How come we can find less than 1 Price to Book stocks?

I was wondering, if there is such a stock, why isn't everyone getting it as there is supposedly no risk. For instance, a stock like NYSEARCA:VDE has Price to Book: 0.78. Div yield: 1.99. Growing ...
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Should I use regular or adjusted close for backtesting?

In an attempt to try and perform few backtesting tasks, I have obtained some historical data. I have noticed that there are 2 closing prices; regular close and adjusted close. After some reading, I ...
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Is there a difference between a company's profit vs earnings?

I am reading through a company's annual report trying to do research on whether I should invest in them. I'm new at all this and it's got a lot of complicated terms which I'm unsure about. One thing ...
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Online tools for monitoring my portfolio gains/losses in real time?

My request is a simple one... I have about 5 stocks that I own currently and have owned for years now. I want to start trading more actively now but want to make informed decisions on how my stocks ...
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What does “profits to the shareholders jumped to 15 cents a share” mean?

I'm reading the news about a company and they state that: "net profits attributable to the shareholders jumped to US $25.6 million, or 15 cents a share". What does it mean in terms of share price? ...
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Do individual investors use Google to obtain stock quotes?

In relation to my empirical research I am interested in the following questions (regarding the US). 1) How widespread is the use of Google when invidual/private investors wants to find information on ...
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Calculating Profit Ratio (Gross Margin)

When looking at a company's income statement to calculate the Profit Ratio (Gross Margin) PM = Net Profit / Sales Do you include "other" revenue in the equation? Example: XYZ Ltd Income Statement ...
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Why most of apple stock price since 10years have been gained overnight?

I've been playing with stock data and I've discovered that in 10 years apple's stock price passed from roughly $3 to $100. However, this gain isn't due to intraday price variation dayN_close - ...
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Who Bought A Large Number Of Shares?

In general, I'm trying to find some information that I think might be reported in SEC filings or is otherwise in the public domain, but I do not know where to look. The scenario is best illustrated ...
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Chart total return of mutual fund vs. stock with dividends reinvested?

Using common charting software, how can I best compare total returns of a mutual fund vs. total return of a stock, with dividend reinvestment (DRIP) in each case? Frequently the easy to get charts ...
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Will a company's stock price be affected when warrants are issued, or exercised?

A company has 500 million outstanding shares, and it issued 100 million warrants 10 years ago. Assume that none of the warrants has been exercised yet. If tomorrow all the holders exercised their ...
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How can I estimate the standard deviation

How can I estimate the standard deviation from stock graph without calculates, just from the graph
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If a stock is selling for less than book value, is the company headed for bankruptcy?

A company's book value is the worth of all their assets. If its stock value is less than its book value, does that mean its business is worthless and bankruptcy is imminent? This is a followup to my ...
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why would closing price of a stock be different from different sources, and which would you take as the real price?

I was asked this question in an interview, I believed this is an Open Question. So any answer would be welcome.
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Can I get a dumbed down explanation of risk measures used for evaluating stocks?

Hoping this will be a good reference question for the site. Can someone explain in a way that doesn't require a lot of math/statistics background what the following terms mean when analyzing the ...