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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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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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Why do gas stations charge different amounts in the same local area?

I've noticed there can be a 5%-10% difference in the price of gas where I live. For example right now the cheapest premium price is $3.85 and the most expensive is $4.17. It's the same state and ...
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How do I estimate the value of a small cabin rental business I want to buy?

My husband and I are retired. We are looking for a small business we can run until we are gone. We have found a rustic campground with 5 cabins and more space to build additional cabins. It has ...
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Could I make money off of the negative oil price?

I saw the price of oil did something at about 1 PM Eastern time that is really bizarre: it went negative. This means that you get paid to take oil off the field. But, the oil price is negative now, ...
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Should I use regular or adjusted close for backtesting?

In an attempt run few backtesting tasks, I have obtained some historical data. I noticed that there are two closing prices available, regular close and adjusted close. After doing some reading, I ...
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The price dropped on an item I purchased 8 days ago. What can I do?

I bought a PC for € 2199 (about $2500 USD) 8 days ago. Today I saw that the same store where I purchased it sells the same product for € 130 less. Unfortunately, I can't just bring it back* and re-buy ...
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What does a stock's quoted value represent?

According to Yahoo Finance, a single stock in Alphabet Inc. is worth 898.7 USD as of this writing. Question: What does the price of $898.7 reflect? I can imagine the price is one of the following ...
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Why do gas stations charge higher price for credit card purchase while customers can purchase their gift cards from a third party?

Many gas stations have different prices in credit card purchases and cash purchases. The customer pays a slightly higher price with credit card purchases. On the other hand, if a customer uses cash or ...
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Is $3,7 USD for 340 grams/11.9 oz of "creamy" Skippy-brand peanut butter expensive from an American's perspective? [closed]

Right now, in Sweden, a small-feeling 340 g (which is apparently 11.9 oz) jar of "Skippy creamy peanut butter" is, translated to current USD value, $3.7 USD. I think it has been around this ...
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Typical discount for cash purchase on $1+ million homes?

I understand that it is common to get lower than the asking price when offering cash for home purchase, but I am unclear how much a discount I should look for. Also, I am wondering to what extent it ...
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Why does a stock's price fluctuate so often, even when fresh news isn't available?

I get it that the price of a stock goes up and down as fresh news is released, positive or negative. However, fresh news is released only at certain times while the price of a stock changes (by ...
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Why is the price of my investment only updated once per day?

I have invested some money into a mutual fund (FTQGX). I've noticed that the price of it is only updated once a day, where as other investment options are updated continuously. Why is this? I'm ...
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What will happen when a bid price is higher than an ask price?

Let's say, there are three bid prices 100, 101, and 102, and three ask prices 101, 103, 104. What will happen, will ask:101 sell to bid:101 or bid:102, if the dealer is going to make the 101 to 101 ...
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Price graphs: why not percent change?

Apologies if this is a dumb question but: Why do price charts for securities like stocks and foreign exchange always show the actual price numbers instead of charting everything in terms of percent ...
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How do I tell if I'm overspending on groceries?

I am wondering if I'm spending more than I could be on groceries. I get this impression because some of the individual items seem too expensive: I end up paying almost the cost of a full restaurant ...
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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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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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Why do Ethereum and Bitcoin have very similar charts?

I have noticed today that Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) charts look almost the same. Why are they so correlated?
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How does one typically exit (close out) a large, in-the-money long put option position?

I'm long some puts on a stock that has dropped a great deal. I've made $400,000 on an investment of $100,000. The question is, how do I exit? I can't really sell the puts because there isn't enough ...
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Why do Australians get charged more for Internationally available Goods and Services?

It seem that when the same good or service is available in Australia as it is internationally, we always end up paying more for it in Australia. Even when you take the effects of the exchange rates ...
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Can secret Bitcoin transfers cause the reported values to be completely off?

Is it possible to buy and sell bitcoin without any of the exchanges knowing about it? Since the price of bitcoin is determined by people buying and selling, could these secret exchanges cause the ...
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Historical share price at exact day and time

How do I look up the exact price of a stock at a certain minute in history? For example, I am trying to find out the price of Facebook shares on the 18th of May 2012 at 11:34 Eastern time and on ...
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When does a pricing error become false advertising?

If a product is advertised on a website at a certain price and you place an order which is later cancelled by the supplier because they claim the price is wrong and they do not update their website to ...
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Is there a service to find the best & least expensive term life insurance?

How do I find the best and least expensive term life insurance? I'd love to see a listing for life insurance like BankRate.com does for savings accounts and mortgage lenders. Anything like this out ...
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What happens when your Canadian ETF shuts down?

I just got a notice that an ETF I own will termiate in 2 months if the shareholders don't vote for an extension. I understand that if I kept the shares until the termination date, I would get a ...
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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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What effect does a company's earnings have on the price of its stock?

I have been trying to figure out the answer to this question this afternoon, and it seems like most people are saying that supply/demand determines the price of a stock. It seems that earnings, which ...
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It is worth using a discount stock broker? I heard they might not get the best price on a trade?

I read somewhere that using a discount broker such a Trade King could actually cost more money because they may not be able to get the best price on a trade. Is there any truth to that? I am currently ...
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What happened to the Google Price Index?

I've seen it before, but I can't find it anymore. I think I remember Google mentioning that it would only be available in graphical form, but not data form, and also that it would only show one year, ...
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Why are the prices of some commodities (e.g. oil) more volatile than others?

Why are the prices of some commodities (e.g. oil) more volatile than others?
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Can mutual fund prices have opening gaps? Might my order to be filled at a higher price?

My broker offers limit orders on mutual funds. I was curious if mutual funds have open gaps like stocks do. If I want to buy a fund if it goes up to a certain price, would it be safe to set a limit to ...
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How is the opening-day price of a stock decided?

I have read the the IPO price of a stock is set by underwriters, who then sell to (typically) institutional and "special" investors. Once the stock is ready for the stock exchange, who decides what ...
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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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How to project monthly payments for Verizon plan?

This may be off topic. Though, it didn't seem to conflict with this community's bylaws: I want to know how to get an absolutely clear picture of monthly spending on a Verizon plan. I've been told by ...
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Are median London prices noticeable higher than the rest of the UK?

It is common knowledge that London prices are much higher than that of the rest of the UK. However, I have heard that this isn't strictly true; the prices of most typical purchases from food and drink,...
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Effect of country default on house prices?

What effect would a sovereign default of a European country (i.e. Italy/Greece) have on house prices of the same country that goes in default? What does the previous literature says about similar ...
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Why is XYZ $70.5 strike call more expensive than $68 strike call?

The link below shows the February 16 call option listing for company XYZ. I used to think that, the higher the strike price, the cheaper the call option. Obviously, the price pattern for this ...
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Can gold prices vary between two places or country at the same time?

Can gold prices vary between two places or countries at the same point in time ? Here is an answer but I am looking for a more detailed answer.
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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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How do economists gather retail price data, such as for tracking inflation?

How do economists track the prices of things like milk, produce, furniture and other retail products? Do they have people with clipboards going out to stores and gathering data? Scrape web sites? ...
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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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How do traders in hyperinflation economies know how much to inflate their prices?

Reading some of the accounts of the last days of the Weimar Republic (as well as more recent articles about the declining Venezuelan economy), I was struck by the fact that traders and sellers seem to ...
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How are stock options priced?

I was reading the Wikipedia article about the Black-Scholes model, and it says this: The key financial insight behind the equation is that one can perfectly hedge the option by buying and selling the ...
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Why would a CD Rate be higher than a Corporate Bond rate?

In looking at my brokerage account for fixed income products, I was looking at both CDs and Corporate Bonds. I was surprised to see that the best 1-year CDs had a higher interest rate than any AAA or ...
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Are dividends the only thing linking stocks to corporate performance?

People generally buy stock because they expect the price of the stock to rise. The main force that determines stock price is, as far as I can tell, the force of the market, i.e. supply and demand for ...
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How does contango actually affect the price of an ETF?

How does contango actually affect the price an ETF trades at? For example, take the Unites States Oil Fund (USO) that is supposed to track the price for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude. It is ...
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How to translate old price amounts to their modern day equivalents?

I hope this is the right place to ask. :) I'm currently working on what is to be a wiki/encyclopedic website. Some articles contain amounts or prices like construction costs and such, but since these ...
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