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79 views

Why would we need a “stop-limit order” for selling?

What is the practical usage for selling with a stop-limit order? If we reach a stop-loss point we are likely to sell to protect from a bigger loss. What situation would need to add a limit order on ...
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107 views

Who are the sellers for the new public stocks?

There are lots of news for $BABA. It's current price as shown in the market is $68 but my broker put an announcement saying that its limit price is already $85. Then who are the sellers? The company ...
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56 views

How to define a 'market price' for trading platforms?

When I buy/sell stocks, there is always an option called 'market price'. How is the market price defined? Is there any detailed explanation? Thanks,
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292 views

How do top investors pull out 20% ROI?

I've been searching the ROI percentage of well known investors. Warren Buffet - (Berkshire Hathaway) 22% annual return from 1964-2005 George Soros - (Soros Fund Management) 30% annual return ...
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114 views

Using Fibonacci Extensions to set profit targets?

When trading stocks what are the advantages of using Fibonacci Extensions to set profit targets? What Fibonacci Extension level is most appropriate for setting a profit target, or can it be better to ...
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1answer
43 views

Do query services like Google Finance and Yahoo Finance go back to correct busted and adjusted trades?

Do query services like Google Finance and Yahoo Finance go back to correct busted and adjusted trades? In other words, should I re-download yesterday's data if I want to be sure my intraday data ...
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1answer
65 views

When do I need to pay interest on my short sell position?

For example, if I deposited $3000 into the account, and I short sell $3000 worth of VXX(a non-dividend paying etf). Do I need to pay any interest on my short sell position in this case?
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119 views

How is stock price determined?

Is stock price determined only by the last trade that takes place? For example, if a stock I own is trading at $3.42, and I place a Sell Limit order for $0.00, will the stock price temporarily dip to ...
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1answer
57 views

Can a stock exchange cancel a trade after settlement?

As I understand, only the exchange itself can cancel an executed trade, for reasons such as improper dissemination of news. But can a stock exchange cancel an executed trade even after settlement, ...
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1answer
104 views

I'm a UK citizen, can I use US stockbrokers?

I want to invest in global stocks and I like the look of several US based online stock brokers. Is there a difference using one of these stock brokers instead of a UK based one? How does a UK based ...
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353 views

When shorting a stock, do you pay current market price or the best (lowest) available ask price?

A stock has a last sale price of 2.5 dollars on the NYSE. Say I am shorting 1000 shares of a stock, there's an ask price of 3 dollars for 500 shares. Theres an ask of 3.5 dollars for 250 shares, and ...
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123 views

As an individual investor, does it always make sense to sell a stock that's gone up due to a merger announcement?

Suppose I hold a stock that's recently had a run-up because another company has made a bid to acquire it. It seems like I should almost always sell the stock in this case, because there are only a ...
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132 views

Can I trade more than 4 stocks per week equally split between two brokers without “pattern day trading” problems?

Do pattern day trading issues arrive from having to many trades (4+) per week based on account or person? If I had another brokerage account at a different firm could I use this to increase the number ...
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1answer
147 views

Is there a way I can get bid/ask price data on the NSE in real time?

I need bid/ask price live data on the National Stock Exchange of India to find out what buyers and sellers are quoting on the stock market. My trading platform only provides the best bid/ask price and ...
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1answer
98 views

Do technical indicators actually work while analyzing stocks? [duplicate]

I have tried various indicators such as SMA's, EMA's, stochastics, Bollinger bands etc, while trying to analyze a stock, but they often are only as effective as making a wild guess on picking a stock. ...
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1answer
118 views

Is avoiding fees commonly found with CFD trading possible?

I'd like to push my trading experience a bit. I've been looking into opening an account with a broker that offers automated trading (I'm a programmer and would like to use my own trading algorithms). ...
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221 views

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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138 views

Do algorithmic trading platforms typically have live-data access to stock data?

I was wondering if algo trading programs use live stock data. If so, where do they get that information?
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873 views

When the market price for a stock is below a tender offer's price, is it free money (riskless) to buy shares & tender them?

For instance, on March 11, 2014, Jos A Bank (JOSB) agreed to be acquired by Men's Wearhouse for $65/share in cash. A tender offer to existing shareholders was set to expire on March 19th. On March ...
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1answer
9k views

Difference between GOOGL and GOOG

why are there two ticker symbols for google ( GOOGL and GOOG ), they seem to be mostly identical but when I look at their market values they result in different values currently: 551.64 for GOOGL ...
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1answer
163 views

Stock Trade Transaction Fee - at what point is it worth it

I have a question regarding the transaction fees that brokers charge and to what extend that put a limit on the minimum amount of shares it is worth buying and how often you can/should trade them. ...
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88 views

If trade is settled at the Ask, can I conclude that the immediate trend is bullish

If bid price is 100$ and Ask price is 101$, and the trade happens at 101 $, can I conclude that the buying pressure is more than the selling? If the trade happens on above average volume, (e.g more ...
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1answer
62 views

Regulation T and Initial Margin Requirements: How to interpret the 50%?

I wanted to understand initial margin requirements in the Federal Reserve's Regulation T section of the code. I read an article in Investopedia on Regulation T requirements, but I still feel uneasy ...
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1answer
169 views

Does the uptick rule apply to all stocks/ETFs and other securities, or only specific ones?

Does the uptick rule on U.S. securities apply universally across all stocks, all bonds, all futures and all options? Or is it limited to certain category of securities/instruments? Is there a ...
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2answers
287 views

Is there a significant danger to market orders as opposed to limit orders?

I'm following an automated trading system. It gives me buy/sell signals periodically. I usually just add/subtract 0.5% from the current price (as reported by Google Finance) and buy/sell. Last ...
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2answers
243 views

Why does a small number of bid/ask quotes not cause stock price to fluctuate drastically?

Often times I find that the number of bid and ask quotes presented for a stock are quite small in number. For example, just today I was watching a stock whose bid and ask prices looked very similar to ...
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1answer
93 views

Confused about google portfolio chart

I added a test trade using google finance, buying 1 share of Google stock : At the end of day here is how the portfolio appears : How the the run percentage so high ? 1367.53% is calculated how ...
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1answer
70 views

How to select a service to use to begin making investments?

I'm looking to make a small investment in stocks. I like the idea of ETF's and since I'm based in Ireland I'm considering using Davy : http://www.davyselect.ie/our-services/self-invest.html Is this ...
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1answer
83 views

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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2answers
84 views

Will a stop order get triggered if the floor is hit and trading is halted?

Let us say I have bought a stock XYZ at $100 and I have a stop loss order at $95. Some bad news comes out suddenly, or maybe a flash crash happens, so the price drops from $100 to $90 and trading gets ...
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147 views

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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2answers
182 views

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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2answers
264 views

How Does A Special Memorandum Account Work

I've noticed that a lot of brokerage firms mention Special Memorandum Accounts (SMA) within the context of calculating margin requirements for margin accounts. Can anybody explain or perhaps direct ...
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1answer
107 views

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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How does a stock price affect a company after its IPO? [duplicate]

A company sells all stock on offer at an IPO which raises money. How is a company affected by it's stock price after the IPO?
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138 views

Offer Price for my stock not shown on quote and a subsequent sale higher than my offer

I offered 30,000 shares of stock for sale at .54 when the ask was quoted at 10,000 shares for sale at .62. My offer never became the ask that day. Therefore, the broker was telling the public that ...
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149 views

What do “cake and underwear” stocks refer to?

LegacyForex: Buffett knows that a remarkable surge in Coca Cola or the Washington Post is unlikely, but he also knows that steady growth in these companies is a good bet, so with capital ...
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1answer
352 views

Can you sell on the settlement date?

I've understood the concept of freeriding but there is one aspect which my googling hasn't been able to answer. If I buy on Monday with unsettled cash which is due to be settled on Thursday, I cannot ...
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1answer
221 views

What would stop someone from taking advantage of wide bid-offer spreads in extended hours trading via short selling?

I understand that the less volume occurring in a security, the less liquidity (the wider the bid-offer spread). So my question is, in pre-market and after-hours trading, when bid-offer can widen ...
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1answer
2k views

Why can low volume move a stock price drastically?

Over the summer on days with very low volume, there were substantial movement in the stock markets. Why is this? Is it because there aren't enough market forces in check to really give a correct ...
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400 views

If I buy a share from myself at a higher price, will that drive the price up so I can sell all my shares the higher price?

Suppose I buy 100 shares of Apple at $200 and I want to increase the share price. If I sell 1 share at $210, and at the same time log in to buy the share at $210, will the share price increase to $210 ...
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436 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
94 views

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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478 views

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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3answers
423 views

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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3answers
1k views

Is it bad practice to invest in stocks that fluctuate by single points throughout the day?

It seems like a no-brainer to me: Find a cheap stock with a good name (Dell, FB, Sony) that fluctuates by a few dollars per day (between -$2 and +$2), and is consistent in the fluctuation throughout ...
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2answers
168 views

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 ...
2
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2answers
620 views

Which is the most liquid market for trading?

I've traded spot forex and I found it really liquid (trades can be executed within a few seconds). However, in NSE (India) share market, it takes between minutes to days to sell the shares I've ...
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3answers
637 views

When would one actually want to use a market order instead of a limit order?

I'm new to investing. I'm looking into using an online discount broker to experiment with private trading. I'm in a position I don't mind losing money, but I don't want to lose more than I put in. ...
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1answer
2k views

What is the “Short sale circuit breaker rule”?

Apparently there's a NASDAQ rule called something like short sale circuit breaker which limits how much a stock can be sold short after a certain drop in price or something like that. It really makes ...