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Can someone explain a stock's “bid” vs. “ask” price relative to “current” price?

In my online brokerage account, I want to buy a particular stock and I see the following: Bid: 13.20 x200 Ask: 13.27 x1,000 the current stock price is 13.22. Can someone explain what ...
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How does a dealer (or market maker) earn the bid-ask spread on a stock?

If I am correct, dealers purchase assets for their own accounts, and later sell them for a profit from their inventory. But the spreads is the difference between buy (or "bid") prices and sell (or "...
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In the stock market, why is the “open” price value never the same as previous day's “close”?

This is something that is mind-boggling to me, and it is particularly obvious in candlestick graphs: Why is the open value never the same as the previous day's close value? This is something I just ...
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Can the stock price go up even if no one is buying?

Let's assume there's this random company (XYZ)--that few are aware of--is selling stocks and they're doing really well. If their stock price is at $50 and no one is buying, will it still go up? Do ...
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Who sets the price and provides the quoted price values for stocks?

I somewhat understand that the price of stocks is determined by the market, but who exactly changes those prices that we see listed on Yahoo! Finance for example? If I own a share in a company listed ...
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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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When is a good time to invest in gold? In what situations is the price of gold likely to drop?

When is a good time to invest in gold? What are situations likely to trigger a drop in gold prices? What are alternatives to gold?
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How does a monthly inflation rate work?

I'm struggling to understand the following inflation numbers for South Africa given here: http://www.tradingeconomics.com/south-africa/inflation-cpi Year Month Inflation 2015 Jun 4.7 2015 Jul ...
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Why did the stock chart for Facebook's first trading day show an initial price of $42 when the IPO price was $38?

Facebook was widely reported as having an IPO price of $38. Yet, all the stock charts show Facebook shares priced at $42 until around 11:30 AM, than dropping to $40, and then only at 11:50 AM ...
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Got a large cash sum, wanna buy stocks. Should I buy all at once, or spread it over time?

Suppose that I just received a large sum of money, that I want to use to buy stocks. Is there an advantage to split my stocks purchases over a period of time, to protect me against the risk that ...
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Who sets the prices on government bonds?

I noticed my country Greece wanted to sell bonds last year and they were stating "If they go above 7% we won't sell.". But who sets the price if not them? Why can't they say "the price is 5% and if ...
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Is the best ask price the ask at the “top” of the order book? What is the “top” of the book?

In the level 2 book from BATS with live data, the right hand part of the page shows the best Bid(s) and the Best Ask(s). Example: How come the best Ask is not at the top of the book? From what i ...
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Is the current stock price the last bid price or the last ask price, or what?

The answer to this question states: "current stock price … is actually the price of the last trade. It is a historical price…" The last trade had a buyer and seller. The buyer paid the "ask" price, ...