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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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What is meant by a market that is technically strong

What is meant by a technically strong stock or a technically strong market? I understand what a fundamentally strong stock is, but what is a technically strong stock/ market? Does it mean a stock ...
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How to invest in stocks without using an intermediary like a broker? Can shares be bought direct?

I am looking to buy stocks but I would like to do so without a broker. From what I can tell, the exchanges are good ole boys clubs that require you know (or pay) someone in order to participate. Am I ...
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Do I pay bid-ask spread if I trade on NYSE

From what I understand from this MM vs specialist discussion , the job of the specialist is to bring buyers and sellers together as opposed to a market maker who buys from the seller and sells to the ...
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With respect to insider trading, what is considered “material information”?

I'm trying to understand what is considered "material" information held by an executive of a company. There is company information that an executive (say insider) will know that a public investor will ...
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What are some known strategies that might trigger a share price drop? [closed]

I am wondering if it's possible to trigger a share price drop by trickle selling the "right" volume of shares with the intention of flushing out doubtful investors in order to a) get their shares and ...
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Does modifying an order cancel the old one and submit a new one

Suppose XYZ is trading at 25$. If I submit a limit buy order for XYZ stock at 20$, and let us say my order goes to the top of the order book. 5 min later, I 'modify' the order and make it 22$. Will ...
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Why did the stock indexes increase despite the QE tapering? [closed]

In the past, stock indexes dropped when QE cuts were announced. However, this time, in December, when the QE was cut by $10 billion, the indexes went up. Why is this?
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Why does the stock market index get affected when a terrorist attack takes place?

The way I see it, the stock exchange is a market where shares of a company are traded. These trades are triggered by individual valuations by participants of what an investment in a company would be ...
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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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Can institutional, quant, or other professional traders “prey on” (make money from) retail investors?

I was recently reading a well known forum, and someone made this post: I worked for a large investment bank about 10 years ago, writing trading programs for quant traders who were market ...
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What price is a limit buy and a limit sell order settled at?

A market has an existing limit buy order at $1.00. The market then receives a limit sell order at $0.95, what price is the transaction settled at?
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What do brokers do with bad stock?

I'm new to financial markets and how they work is still fuzzy, so bear with me. This question actually has multiple questions :( ... and a bit of a story. I was watching a YouTube video on the ...
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Why people still look for “naked” short-sellng stocks instead of short selling CFDs

I have been doing some research about equity trading and the stock market in general, and I have a doubt. I see that a lot of people is looking for short-selling stocks, but that is not so easy ...
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Getting (historical) Standard & Poor Stock Guides

Chapter 15 of The Intelligent Investor mentions S&P publishes (as of the 1970s) a monthly Stock Guide. Is this still a worthwhile resource? What's the best way to get access to this guide, ...
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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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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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Does it make sense to buy an index ETF (e.g. S&P 500) when the index is at an all-time high?

I have some money I intend to invest over the next 3-4 years. An important chunk of my portfolio would be invested in a stock market index ETF such as one representing the S&P 500. Unfortunately, ...
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Stock market vs. baseball card trading analogy

I will use a baseball card trading analogy to present my question: The baseball card trading market, like any other market, follows the laws of supply and demand. The demand for baseball cards can be ...
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If you own 1% of a company's stock, are you entitled to 1% of its assets?

Say you own 1% of company ABC's shares. If all of a sudden there is no more demand in the stock market for company ABC's stocks, and its share price dropped down to $0, can you claim 1% of company ...
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How do you calculate the P/E ratio by industry?

I would like to know how to calculate the P/E ratio by industry. On this website, it displays the P/E ratio for the current stock, the industry and the sector: FINANCIALS DTV.O ...
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Have there been “flash bubbles”?

There is a lot of press about flash crashes, such as this one. Have there been notable "inverse" phenomenons, where the market sharply bounces up, only to recover close to its initial state a few ...
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Can my broker lock my cash account if I try to use the money from a stock sale during the three-day settlement period?

I don't understand or know what my broker is trying to make me believe, but I have an excess of 75K in my account and they are pulling all kinds of stuff. I had a trade going a few weeks ago, sold it ...
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Why would people sell a stock below the current price?

Say we have stock XYZ that costs $50 this second. The bid/ask is 49/51. If I buy some stocks by setting a buy limit order for 47$, and it succeeds, there is a match; someone is selling the stocks ...
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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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If I put in a limit order for the same price and size as someone else, which order goes through?

I put a limit buy order for 1000 shares at $1.26, and another investor has also put a limit buy order in for the same amount and volume. If someone sells 1000 shares at $1.26, which one of us gets the ...
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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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Will a stop-limit-on-quote execute in extended trading?

As an example, if I have this order: Buy 500 Shares of XYZ at Limit Price of $5.00 and Stop Price of $4.50. Duration of this order is Good until Cancelled. Will that order execute during extended ...
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Can a trade happen “in between” the bid and ask price?

According to Investopedia: By looking for trades that take place in between the bid and ask, you can tell when a strong trend is about to come to an end. This is because these trades are often ...
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Am I exposed to currency risk when I invest in shares of a foreign company that are listed domestically?

If a multinational firm based in country A is listed in both country A and country B, and I invest in this firm as a resident of country B through country B's stock exchange, either through something ...
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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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In a quote-driven market, how do market makers figure out bid/ask prices and bid/ask sizes?

I understand that bid/ask prices and bid/ask sizes are ultimately determined by the market maker. I am curious about some general principles that the market maker follows when determining the above ...
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Why are some long term investors so concerned about their entry price?

A long term investor is usually defined as someone who enters an investment for, say, 10, 20, 30 years or more. Generally they buy an investment to help meet a certain objective in their lives (e.g. ...
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Which instrument to use to trace the Aussie Stock Market?

The best way to achieve market returns is to get into a product that traces the market, right? So I have found two such potential products to trace the ASX 200. The first is an ETF, STW.AX (SPDR 200 ...
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What is the point of the stock market? What is it for, and why might someone want to trade or invest?

Sometimes you have to explain this to young people or people unfamiliar with the stock market. Why would a company want to be a stock company? Why would a person want to trade stocks? How does a ...
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Can someone explain recent AAMRQ stock price behavior to me?

I'm interested in American Airlines stock (AAMRQ). Recently they announced a merger with US Airways. The resulting company is said to be worth $11B (USD). Tom Horton, the CEO, said that after ...
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Why do some companies have stock symbols on different markets?

How come some companies have stock symbols in different markets? Eg. if I wanna buy stocks in Nokia corporation I see they have different stocks to choose from. How do I find out the difference ...
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How does a public company issue new shares without diluting the value held by existing shareholders?

When a public company issues new shares, the total number of shares traded in a secondary market goes up. Assuming there is no change in the fundamentals of the company and the profitability, I would ...
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Explain the HSI - why do markets sometimes appear in sync and other times not?

Can someone please explain this to me: in 2006, HSI moved almost identical like indexes on the New York Stock Exchange. However, the crisis period (2007-2011) shows the deviation from the others. My ...
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Stock broker's profit margin & criteria [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How much do brokerages pay exchanges per trade? What do brokerage firms do? How much does it cost a broker to trade a company's stock on your behalf? Is it different ...
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meaning of “differing bought and sold value of shares traded;” “money flows into vs out of” a stock

at: http://www.avafin.com/articles/1018128.html I see: "Today, a total of 141 block trades were recorded, typically at least 10,000 shares of stock or more represent a single block unit. Further ...
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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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Is there a mathematical formula to determine a stock's price at a given time?

I have been trying to find exact information on how stock prices are determined but still I haven't found any exact mathematical formulas how it happens. Wikipedia states: When prospective buyers ...
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Can dividends be exploited?

Apple announced a dividend of $2.65/share on August 16th. I was thinking... could somebody buy, say 1,000 shares of Apple, receive the dividend, and then sell the shares right back? ...
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Conversion factor between tracker value and index value?

Where can I find what the conversion factor is between the value of a tracker and the underlying index, other than just computing it myself of course? Is it also explained how these conversion ...
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What is the correlation between silver prices and stock prices?

I'm interested in the correlation (in the recent years, or even decades) between the silver (and maybe gold) prices and some stock market index. In other words, I'd like to know how strong is the ...
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Table of how many years it takes to make a specified return on the stock market?

Suppose I want to know "if I want to make a 30% return on the stock market, how many years should I expect to wait?" I know the real answer is "it depends - if the market does horrible it could ...
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When Employees are “Granted” Stock Options, is the Company encouraging Long-Term investments from them?

I'm not exactly sure I understand the "why" behind a Company reasoning for offering "options" to their employees to invest in itself. I've found it is very unlikely of the employees to exercise for a ...
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Can heavy demand for options drive up or down a stock price?

I understand the market maker is the one quite frequently on the other side of my buy or sell option order (to make sure their is liquidity in the market, and offering the bid / ask spread as ...
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Getting started with trading and investing with Stock Market for novice through Investment Bank, for Indian citizen on Nasdaq,NYSE?

I want to know all the requirements(a-z) and the process involved if I want to buy shares from underwriters and the day company goes public.I know its not easy for an individual to get piece of stock ...