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How did I end up with a fraction of a share?

My online broker, Fidelity, says that I have 0.16 shares of MSFT. How is this possible? I always assumed that you had to own a whole number of shares.
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Do marketmakers always quote a bid and ask simultaneously

I am trying to understand some MM (Market Maker) data that I have. As a follow up to a question I read about MM: How does a dealer (or market maker) earn the bid-ask spread on a stock? And to ...
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In what ways is IEX different than a typical dark pool or a typical exchange?

In his recent best seller "Flash Boys" (#1 of the NYT best seller list), Michael Lewis tells the fascinating story of an unlikely hero, Brad Katsuyama from RBC. Upon realizing that "the stock market ...
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Display vs Non-Display Limit Orders

In an effort to better understand how market exchanges work, I was attempting to learn how orders get executed on NASDAQ. The following quote is from their website (click here to view): NASDAQ ...
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Stock market order execution

I want to know how an order gets executed at exchange level once I place an order through an online broker. If i place a buy order for 1000 shares of XYZ Company, does it execute at one exchange? or ...
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Buying company shares from NYSE being Ukrainian and currently living in Ukraine

I want to buy shares of the company offered at the NYSE. How do I do that? I am a complete novice at this kind of thing.
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Why do stocks priced above $2.00 on the ASX sometimes move in $0.005 increments?

On the Australian ASX price increments that a stock can move by is determined by the current value of the stock as shown below: Why is it then that sometimes a stock that is currently priced well ...
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Is the FTSE 100 mini futures contract still traded?

The FTSE 100 index futures is currently traded on LIFFE. Also, this press release claims that Mini FTSE 100 index futures would also be traded on LIFFE. Other than this press release, I cannot find ...
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Where to find turnover / average amount of time investors & mutual funds held stocks they purchased?

In the book The Intelligent Investor, Jason Zweig mentions the annual turnover rate for stocks on the NYSE, that is the average amount of time investors and mutual funds held stocks that they ...
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Judge market efficiency from raw price action

Is it possible to judge just by tape reading and analyzing the price action, if a particular security in a particular market is efficient or not? I often read commentaries by experts that state that ...
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How does the concept of regular vs. after-hours trading work for an online marketplace?

In an exchange like NYSE, with an actual trading floor, I understand that the floor, say, opens at 9:30am and ends at 4:00pm. These are the 'trading hours'. So, After 4:00pm, there are after-hours ...
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What happened to Houston American Energy Corp. (HUSA) that made their stock crash?

I noticed this HUSA stock. And seen that they were steadily over the $10 line for most of 2010-2011 and at the beginning of 2012 they started going down. Yahoo Finance shows that they were upgraded ...
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Howto choose a marketplace while submitting an order for a stock trade

When I submit a trade order, I usually choose the route = Auto. But there is also the option to choose a particular ATS/exchange (ARCA,BATS,TMX Select). I usually leave it to Auto. But is there any ...
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Buy/Selling prices at the stock exchange represent someone Selling/Buying at that price?

I see in my trading system two price quotes for a stock. Buying and Selling. Does the buying price means that it is the lowest price someone is currently attempting to sell their stock? If so, then ...
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What are “electronic calls” and “daily calls”?

I am looking at the details of some futures contract traded on Bovespa, a Brazilian exchange. In the "trading hours" section, I do not understand two things: What is the "electronic call" at 17:55? ...
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If NYSE has market makers, what is the role of NYSE ARCA which is an ECN

When I submit a trade order through online brokerage, I see that the order goes to NYSE ARCA. Now NYSE ARCA is an ECN that will carry out the trade on NYSE, but I was of the impression that NYSE ...
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Difference between limit order book and level 2 quotes

Is there any difference between 'Level 2 quotes' and 'Limit Order Book'? Are they different words describing the same thing? i.e the buy and sell orders that are queued up with different market makers ...
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What is meant by “buy-side firm” and “sell-side firm”?

Why are institutions knows as buy-side firms, and broker-dealers known as sell-side firms? From what I understand, both institutions and broker-dealers do both buying and selling, so what is this ...
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Why are there OTC securities and whether they're limited to institutional investors?

What are some things that may lead a person to consider dealing in OTC securities? They are not publicly traded on exchanges, there is no regulation around them, they are risky because it is harder to ...
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Why some things are traded in an exchange while others are traded OTC

What is the reason some instruments like CFDs and FX are traded as OTC instruments while others (stocks, futures,options) are traded in an exchange?
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Where can I find the historic stock prices of delisted stocks? [duplicate]

I need to find a chart of historic prices for Exide Technologies' old stock symbol: XIDE. This was the symbol of the company until its bankruptcy, after which its symbol changed to EXIDEQ. Where can ...
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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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“limit order” vs “at-or-better order”

Investopedia says that a limit order is: An order placed with a brokerage to buy or sell a set number of shares at a specified price or better. Investopedia says that an at-or-better order is: ...
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How do I calculate the quarterly returns of a stock index?

I was reading an article and it stated something along the lines of (not accurate figures): Quarter | Stock Index % Change In Quarter Sep 2011 | 5.21 Dec 2011 | 4.69 Mar 2012 | 3.20 June 2012 | ...
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Difference between full and mini futures contract

What is the difference between the following two Brazilian futures contracts: The Ibovespa Futures Contract The Mini Ibovespa Futures Contract As far as I can tell, both are priced in Brazilian ...
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What exactly is BATS Chi-X Europe?

I was told that BATS Chi-X Europe is not a stock exchange, that rather it is an equity market. The Wikipedia article states that it is an alternative to exchange traded equities and ...
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Historic (CAGR) of DJIA, S&P500, NASDAQ

Looking for concrete data for a presentation I'll be giving about personal finance. I'm looking for the average market return of the three big indexes from 1950-onwards at least. I've been able to ...
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How does it work when the same ETF is listed on several stock exchanges?

I'm trying to understand how do ETFs listed in several exchanges work. Take VUSA, for example. It's listed in London, Zürich and Amsterdam. Same ISIN, so I assume it's exactly the same thing. If I ...
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How to find the smallest transaction fees and commissions available and reduce trading overhead?

I buy and sell stock through my bank. The various bank/broker/tax overheads, if I was to buy stock and immediately sell it at the same price, is roughly 3%. I am seeking to understand what exactly ...
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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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Incorporating real-world parameters into simulated(paper) trading

A bit expanding the question asked here, I want to try and test a strategy using a simulated(paper) trading. As a first step, I have tried to find any brokers who provide a convenient simulated ...
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Periodicity in stock charts

Not sure if this is the right forum for this kind of question, but here goes: I have been looking at a 3.5 year time series of several hundred DJIA stocks and notice that for many (but not all) ...
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Can we estimate the impact of a large buy order on the share price?

What I am trying to understand is if we know the number of shares a company trades and the current price of the share can we estimate what volume of trade that is required to move the share price in ...
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How does order matching happen in stock exchanges?

When I place my trade order in the stock exchanges, I know the price matching happens and only when there is a buyer and seller at the same price a trade happens. But how does the quantity matching ...
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Where can I find a list of all reverse listings on European stock exchanges for a specific period?

From Wikipedia: A reverse takeover or reverse merger (reverse IPO) is the acquisition of a public company by a private company so that the private company can bypass the lengthy and complex ...
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Bids and asks in case of market order

Suppose that person A places buy market order with quantity 1000 of firm XYZ. Now in the market there only are various asks of quantity: quantity 100, quantity 2000, quantity 1000. Each ask has ...
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Can a stock exchange company actually go bust?

I found out today via random googling that stock exchanges are themselves actually companies that are traded on their own exchange. For example, the London Stock Exchange. What will happen if this ...
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Does the bid price of a stock change depending on which brokerage I am using?

If I have an account with two separate discount brokerages and they have different market makers on NASDAQ, is it possible that they will give me different quotes? Will the bid price of brokerage #1 ...
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Does market maker buy when nobody else is buying and sell when nobody else is selling?

In this investopedia article , they say: Market Makers (MM) - These are the players who provide liquidity in the marketplace. This means that they are required to buy when nobody else is ...
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What extra information might be obtained from the next highest bids in an order book?

In this article here, Level 2 explains its components. One component is: Highest bid prices: The highest 5 or 10 prices (depending upon the market) that traders are willing to pay to buy a ...
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How can I know if the ETF stock is bought by stock participant (change) or the fund (vs. outflow)?

Consider an ETF with tick symbol TIP and a customer clicking 'Sell' to sell one share via Fidelity brokerage. How can the customer know if that single stock will be bought by another person on the ...
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What college degree should I pursue to learn about stock and forex markets?

What college degree should I pursue to learn the fundamentals of the stock market? Are there way to understand how stocks and foreign exchange markets work, including their strategies and drawbacks?
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What do the Sizes on Bid/Ask Quotes Mean?

I have a basic question regarding equities. For this example, assume that I have a quote for KO stock which says the following: Current Price = $39.00 | Bid = 38.99 x 6800 | Ask = 39.00 x 4300 What ...
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What's the justification for the DJIA being share-price weighted?

It seems almost entirely irrelevant. So a company could have a reverse 2 for 1 split, and double its weighting in the average? How can one of the most popular barometers of the stock market be ...
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Stock exchanges using open outcry

There is often discussion about efficiency of different trading systems. Is there some stock exchange using open outcry trading as of today?
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Investing in US Markets from India [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I trade in U.S stock exchange living in India by choosing the broker in U.S? I don't reside in US but would like to invest in US markets. If not in specific ...
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Why can it be a bad idea to buy stocks after hours?

I've heard people say is foolish to buy stocks after hours. Why do they say this?
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What do brokerage firms do?

So in the past, before they had computers, I imagined brokerage was the fee given to a stock broker to give you advice on what stocks to buy, or to ring up and make a trade for you. But now ...
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Is the concept of an “odd lot” adjusted to stock price?

This page suggests that orders under 100 shares of stock are considered "odd". I was told that stock exchanges "do not want odd lots". Is this statement true? For example, 50 shares of GOOG are worth ...
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Rate of return of stock index

One can always see on the news for example, the movement of stock indexes. Say for example: S&P +5.15 (0.05%) or S&P -0.57 (0.001%) But how would I calculate the 2 numbers above? (+5.15 and ...