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Calculating Exponential Moving Average

I looked up EMA on wikipedia, but I could not understand the explanation. Can anyone break it down with an example ?
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Resources on how to be a short term trader?

I want to learn the math and logic that the pros talk about like correlation, volume, trends... in order to trade stock with some underlying fundamentals instead of luck. I would like to learn how ...
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Why most of apple stock price since 10years have been gained overnight?

I've been playing with stock data and I've discovered that in 10 years apple's stock price passed from roughly $3 to $100. However, this gain isn't due to intraday price variation dayN_close - ...
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Where can one graph portfolio performance over time? [closed]

I'm used to my employer provided 401k website, which allows me to see a "personal rate of return" over a specified time period, plotted on a line chart. It also allows me to see individual stocks and ...
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Why can the institutional ownership of shares be larger than 100%?

Why it's larger than 100%? What is the meaning of this number? Thanks,
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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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Who Bought A Large Number Of Shares?

In general, I'm trying to find some information that I think might be reported in SEC filings or is otherwise in the public domain, but I do not know where to look. The scenario is best illustrated ...
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What publicly available software do professional stock traders use for stock analysis?

What publicly available software do professional stock traders use for stock analysis? I assume they use something more advanced than Google Finance... right?
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Do any publically available documents from IR or SEC include all patents the company holds?

What documents contain information about the specific patents a company holds for the sake of investors? For example, Apple Inc. 10k, states among other things: The Company currently holds rights ...
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Is there a way to set a stop for a stock before you own it?

Here's the situation: I like to place buy orders when the market is closed. However, I do not like to wake up at 630 (pacific time) to set a stop order to sell the stock. Is it possible on merrill ...
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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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Quantiative Easing fuels stock markets, but why? [closed]

I was recently told that stock markets in the US and EU has boomed as a result of quantitative easing, where the central banks has bought bonds with longer maturity to push the prices higher and ...
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How do I factor dividends and yield into the performance of a security?

The basic stock chart tracks the price of the stock. As discussed here the price of the stock drops by the amount of the dividend. So when a dividend pays out the stock chart makes it look like ...
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Can I calculate stock value with Williams%R if I know the last set?

I've got a random stock. Yesterday the value was $76.25, where as the Williams %R was -72.72. Is it possible by only knowing this, to calculate the value if the Williams %R rises to -20?
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Why do P/E ratios for a particular industry tend to cluster around particular values?

The answer I've read on this topic is that a new industry with a lot of growth potential (software, biotech, etc.) tends to have the stock priced at a premium in order to reflect the growth 'potential'...
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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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Will a company's stock price be affected when warrants are issued, or exercised?

A company has 500 million outstanding shares, and it issued 100 million warrants 10 years ago. Assume that none of the warrants has been exercised yet. If tomorrow all the holders exercised their ...
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Would long-term treasury bonds (e.g. TLT) generally rise when stocks (e.g. SPX) fall?

Is this a correct analysis of TLT (iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond): It was hammered by QE talk in May. It will continue to generally drift lower while QE is in effect or even being tapered and the ...
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How can I estimate the standard deviation

How can I estimate the standard deviation from stock graph without calculates, just from the graph
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Forward Contract Extension

I was reading this article Below is a small snippet from the article. I'm wondering how Barrick gold could extend the hedge at its own option. How would this be executed and how do they have this ...
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How to reconcile these contradictory statements about the effect of volume on stock price?

This link states: Sharp increases in price and sharp increases in volume can mean bulls have been exhausted, all buyers have bought and there is no one else but sellers; the result is bearish On ...
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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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What securities is Return of Capital applicable to?

I am trying to understand to which securities Return of Capital is applicable; I'm especially interested in stocks. From Wikipedia: Return of capital (ROC) refers to payments back to "capital ...
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Accounting for splits in a stock price graph

Many companies will have splits of their stock (either forward or reverse). However, when looking at the before and after prices, a raw analysis of the graph would look like the stock lost half its ...
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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 would analysts recommend buying companies with negative net income?

Can anyone explain why some analysts recommend companies in the biopharmacy sector as a "buy" even though they have high R&D costs and no real profit? I followed three companies and I see the ...
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How can I remove the movement of the stock market as a whole from the movement in price of an individual share?

I think it would be useful to have a chart that shows how much a specific share out- or under-performs the composite index, e.g. Apple compared to the Nasdaq-100. I think (though I may be naive about ...
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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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Does doing your “research”/“homework” on stocks make any sense?

One thing about investing has always bothered me. You constantly hear people saying you need to "do your research" or "do your homework" on a company before buying their stock. I rarely watch Mad ...
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Why don't institutions share stock recommendations like Wall Street analysts?

The article Track Institutional Buying, Not Analysts states that: Mutual funds, insurance companies, pension funds and other institutional investors rely on their own research. Contrary to ...
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Why bid and ask do not match the price at which the stock is being traded [duplicate]

For a particular stock, the stats look something like this: Price: 54.55 $ Bid: 54.54 $ Ask: 54.55 $ Now if I place a market order, will it get executed at the Price (54.55 $)? My guess is yes. Now ...
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Why liquidity implies tight spread and low slippage

At this link: http://www.investopedia.com/articles/trading/06/daytradingretail.asp they mention: Liquidity allows you to enter and exit a stock at a good price (i.e. tight spreads and low ...
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Does money made by a company on selling its shares show up in Balance sheet

When we purchase shares of a company for a certain sum of money (e.g: 1000 dollars), is this money immediately available to the company as a cash flow? In the balance sheet, will this money show up ...
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Why do moving average acts as support and resistance?

What is the reason that a particular moving average can act as a good indicator of support and resistance for a particular stock? Moving average is just an avg of closing prices over 30 days or 50 ...
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Calculating Profit Ratio (Gross Margin)

When looking at a company's income statement to calculate the Profit Ratio (Gross Margin) PM = Net Profit / Sales Do you include "other" revenue in the equation? Example: XYZ Ltd Income Statement ...
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Is there a step-by-step procedure to find a security's intrinsic value?

Recently I was reading about different fundamental analysis approaches, and specifically about Value Investing, as proposed by Ben Graham and David Dodd. This approach describes a strategy which based ...
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Analyst estimates for an insurance company

At this link: http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/q/ae?s=MFC.TO under Analyst Estimates, under Growth Est,they have these numbers: Current Qtr: MFC:18.50% Industry: 146.70% Sector: 36.90% Also how come ...
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Why sales of a company can be more than its earnings

At this link: http://www.thestreet.com/quote/ABX/details/company-profile.html Under per share data: Earnings: 3.36 Sales:14.14 Now Earnings are made up of sales and other stuff. So how comes sales ...
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What are the common moving averages used in a “Golden Cross” stock evaluation?

With stock evaluations, we have the "golden cross" event where short and long term moving averages cross over and we have a potential bull market soon. I have seen some definitions use the 200 day ...
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What are the implications of a corporate stock repurchase or share buyback program?

Zynga's board recently announced their authorization of repurchasing up to $200M shares of Class A stock. What are the implications when a company repurchases their own stock? Some specific questions:...
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Online tools for monitoring my portfolio gains/losses in real time?

My request is a simple one... I have about 5 stocks that I own currently and have owned for years now. I want to start trading more actively now but want to make informed decisions on how my stocks ...
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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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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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S&P reports: number of shareholders?

Just curious -- I've used S&P stock reports for the past 15 years, and I've always wondered about the "number of shareholders" listed in the report. It seems really low (e.g. the S&P report ...
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Historical data files for NYSE/NASDAQ daily open/close price data?

is there a place to get free access to NYSE/NASDAQ historical daily open/close data? Perhaps going back like 10 years? I'm more interested in the DOW and NASDAQ 100 data for this range, not ...
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How to graph the market year over year? for example Dow Jones Index

I understand the notion of the market being memory-less and we should not use the history to make future decision. Also, I see in this site there are mentions of specific times in a year where the ...
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Where Can Deutsche Bank Stock Opinions Be Found?

I have been looking for Deutsche Bank stock opinions with little success. All I could find was on finviz.com where If I search for a stock it will mention if Deutsche Bank has an opinion.
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If a stock is selling for less than book value, is the company headed for bankruptcy?

A company's book value is the worth of all their assets. If its stock value is less than its book value, does that mean its business is worthless and bankruptcy is imminent? This is a followup to my ...
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What does “profits to the shareholders jumped to 15 cents a share” mean?

I'm reading the news about a company and they state that: "net profits attributable to the shareholders jumped to US $25.6 million, or 15 cents a share". What does it mean in terms of share price? ...
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How do I interpret this analysis from Second Opinion?

On Second Opinion analysis for a stock I read the following: OPINION: LONG RECOMMENDATION: If you are long, hold current position. Do not initiate new position. Stock is Not a Short Sell Candidate ...

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