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Why don't companies underestimate their earnings to make quarterly reports look better?

We have a TV on financial news in the office, and I always see reports of companies meeting their earnings estimates or failing to meet them. Even if a company misses the estimate by a very small ...
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What is the term for the quantity (high price minus low price) for a stock?

I believe my professor called this variant price, but I am not certain. Is there a standard term?
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How might trading volume affect future share price?

I want to know how to determine the coming ups and downs in share price using the trading volume that can help me analysis for coming events. Is there any reasonable technique for this purpose? For ...
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Price movement behaviour before earnings announcements

Is there a typical price movement behaviour seen before the earnings announcement? Which of my following happens often? As the announcement approaches, Stock holders mostly hedge the uncertainty ...
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Basic Algorithmic Trading Strategy

I was searching the web for basic algorithmic trading concepts and came across the following article. http://www.investopedia.com/articles/active-trading/101014/basics-algorithmic-trading-concepts-and-...
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Calculating the Free Cash Flow (FCF)

I'm working on fundamental analysis on a public company, and am trying to calculate the Free Cash Flow for Facebook (FB) for the latest quarter - ending Sep 30, 2015, as shown below and would like to ...
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How to measure systematic risk of a stock?

Is there any indicator or measure which can be used to determine the degree of corellation of a stock with the broader market. I like to find stocks which are least bothered by either bull or bear run ...
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Comparing an Income vs Growth fund

Looking at FRIFX vs FRESX - the former is an income REIT, the latter a capital growth fund. Does the view at Google Finance compare the performance of both funds assuming all dividends from the ...
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How is it possible that a stock has a P/E of 0.01?

I was looking at this stock: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-B) (The Class B shares). How come it has such a low P/E ratio?
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If low-cost index funds are considered the best investment, why are there so many high-cost, managed funds?

The general consensus is that the single best indicator of a fund's future performance is the its expense ratio (source). If you look for more than 5 minutes online you discover the Bogleheads ...
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Get financial reports on Canadian companies

I resonantly started investing money in the stock market. I am wondering what is the equivalent to 10k financial reports in Canada. Also where can one download them. For example, in the US you can ...
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Is there a difference between a company's profit vs earnings?

I am reading through a company's annual report trying to do research on whether I should invest in them. I'm new at all this and it's got a lot of complicated terms which I'm unsure about. One thing ...
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Why is it important to research a stock before buying it?

I’ve been thinking about investing some stocks and everyone is telling me that I really should research each stock, look through their financial statements and track the news and understand everything ...
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Can I operate whole investing and trading in US stock exchange staying outside USA?

My sister has just gone to USA and will try to settle down. She wants to invest some money in US stock exchange. But she hardly have any idea of stock market. Now she wants me to operate her investing ...
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Do retail traders get any advantage from learning methods of mathematical of finance?

There are many mathematical tools that are used in analyzing the stock market, including things like path integrals and statistical mechanics . Does the application of these tools in financial ...
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What industries soar when oil prices go up?

There are certain patterns in the economy. I am not sure where I can find this type of information. Prices of services and some products tend to go up when oil prices go up. From a Market/Stocks/...
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Free cash flow and capex on morningstar.com

When looking at for example Netflix’s cash flow statements here http://financials.morningstar.com/cash-flow/cf.html?t=NFLX&region=usa&culture=en-US&ownerCountry=USA, there is a big ...
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How does an enlarged share base affect share price?

If a company has 100 million shares in circulation, each is trading at 5 dollars and has earnings per share at 25 cents, announces a 1 for 1 stock split (so there will be 200 million shares after the ...
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What's the difference between 365D, 52W, 12M, 1Y in stock market?

I would like to calc calculate SMA (Simple Moving Average) these kind of data myself and found the following question: What's the difference between 365D, 52W, 12M, 1Y in stock market? Does holiday ...
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What does volume and huge daily price increases say about stock prices?

Stock A has low and consistant daily volume (as in, the daily volume doesn't differ much day to day), and rises slowly and steadily from $30 to $40 in 2 months. There are no news relating to Stock A ...
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Is it better to buy a company with a lower book value?

Is it better to buy a company which has a lower book value? Or does a lower book value mean that the market is pessimistic about future earnings of the company?
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Why do some companies (like this company) have such a huge per share price?

Questions Why would they do this, I can't imagine what type of liquidty issues they may have, I know stocks like Berkshire (where stocks are kept high to dissuade short selling, excessive voltailty ...
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How much of each stock do index funds hold?

An S&P500 index fund will hold each of the 500 stocks that are in the S&P 500. Does it target holding an equal number of shares of each stock? An equal dollar amount? Does this vary based on ...
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Why and why would/wouldn't a company split their stock?

When Apple was in the high $600 or so range, it split 6 times and made it more affordable to purchase more shares for less, even though the value was technically the same. I see companies like Google ...
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How should I think about stock dividends?

I'm a 19 year old college student looking at some potential long-term investments, but am first reading as many books as I can, since this sector isn't the field I study. I am reading a book and a ...
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Why would Two ETFs tracking Identical Indexes Produce different Returns?

-- Edit -- It turns out that the RPG fund creates an index of "pure-style growth" from the S&P 500/Citigroup PURE growth index, where the IVW ETF creates an index from the S&P 500/Citigroup ...
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Why is this stock price inflated by 70x its real price?

The price for CSP1 (London Stock Exchange) has a short term price history that indicates the prices are roughly 7000% of what they are in reality. For example, on Jan 29th 2016 the price was reported ...
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Does revenue for a company matter when evaluating stocks?

Company X has annual revenue of 100 million, and net profit of 20 million. Profit margin = 20/100 = 20% Company Y has annal revenue of 500 million, and net profit of 20 million. Profit margin of = 4% ...
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What can we conclude/learn from inst. own %?

I just noticed that some stocks are largely held by institutions while some are very less. What can we conclude/learn from this number?
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What should I look for when looking for stocks that are 'on-sale'?

Considering the stock market is down these days I want to invest money in mainly Large-Cap Stocks and hold them for the long-term. I was originally looking at P/E ratios being lower than average, but ...
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Is it better to miss the dividend and buy the undervalued stock?

I understand that if you buy a stock on or after the ex date you wont receive the dividend. But as the stock will drop on the ex date, Is this not an excellent opportunity to buy the stock at a ...
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Is it wise to invest in a stock with a large Div yield?

Looking at the stocks for BHP it shows a Div yield of 11.23%. This seems quite appealing to me, despite the fact that the price is going down simply because of the huge interest I would get on my ...
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Is an analyst's “price target” assumed to be for 12 months out?

I was surprised to see this announcement from Zach's Investment Research re: AAPL stock: "We maintain our Neutral rating on the stock and raise our price target to $354.” But AAPL is today trading ...
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Simple tool for running what-if analysis on a set of ticker symbols?

There are a lot of heavy-duty portfolio analysis tools out there, but what I'm looking for is (I think) much simpler. I simply want to: Enter a ticker symbol (could be mutual fund or ETF), along with ...
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Is there a register that shows the companies with notifiable interest in a stock?

I am based in the UK but the question is global where it applies. In the UK if a company holds more than 3% of stock, they must issue an RNS stating their holdings as they have a notifiable interest. ...
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Would investing equally in all 30 companies which comprise the DJIA net the same performance as the DJIA?

I'm new to investing, so I'm hoping someone could clear this up for me. As I understand it, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) comprises of 30 major American companies. Let's say, hypothetically ...
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why do energy stocks trade at lower prices compared to other sectors?

In researching some additional stocks I want to acquire, I've noticed many energy stocks trade at lower prices and exhibit a large amount of volatility. Why is that despite the fact energy is a basic ...
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How to calculate Price/Earnings - Price/Sales - Price/Free Cash Flow for given stock

I have few months of data for some company like opening, high, low, closing, volume . As given at https://www.google.com/finance/historical?q=NYSE%3ABME&ei=DSIeVtGMAYrvuATEsZfACA How to ...
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Which Earnings Figure for Graham's “Stock Selection for the Defensive Investor”?

This question is around Chapter 14 in the Intelligent Investor (Stock Selection for the Defensive Investor). I've read the chapter and I've read blog posts about it. I'm confused. What's confusing me ...
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Can I evaluate the performance of a company using just OHLC data?

Is there any way to calculate finance for a company if I have Open, Close, Low, High, Adjusted Value of stocks and it's trade volume in each day, for 6 months? I read many ways to calculate the ...
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strategy for the out of favour mining sector

Currently 5% of my portfolio is in mining sector. I've watch this decline in the last few years. One could argue that 5% isn't too bad and i should hold on and not sell at the bottom of the cycle. ...
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What evidence exists for claiming that you cannot beat the market?

There seems to be a common sentiment that no investor can consistently beat the market on returns. What evidence exists for or against this? I have never seen any study or credible book that claims ...
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What does it mean when Share price and volume sales aren't negatively correlated?

I recently had an old 401k error that resulted me getting an additional about 1k. Instead of rolling it into my main retirement accounts, I decided I would use it to start investing with a self ...
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Testing my ADX calculator [closed]

I'm trying to program an Average Directional Index (ADX) calculator in python, however I don't know if it is correct since I'm still a bit shaky on the financial side of things. I haven't found an ADX ...
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Calculation for Hypothetical Short Position

I'm trying to calculate the gain on a short position. I think I have the correct calculation, I just want to make sure I am correct. Here's the data: 1. Entered position with stock price at $28.07. ...
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Can Mutual Funds Invest In the Start Up Market?

This question refers to this article. I can't find Snapchat anywhere on the US stock exchanges as a public company, so I'm assuming that the Fidelity Blue Chip was holding this through the start up ...
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Potential pitfalls of this volume trading strategy

I've been trading, in a very amateur way, in the stock market for a year now. I've noticed something pretty obvious. When some evident good news appear on a stock, the price goes up. So it goes the ...
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Does exposure to financials in corporate bond funds make sense?

While examining different corporate bond ETFs, I noticed that many bond funds seem substantially exposed to the finance sector. I see percentages of up to 60% of all positions in financial businesses. ...
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Increasing PE ratio good or bad?

Some stocks like sbux, and nke have continuously increasing PE ratio. Is this a sign of company doing well or a bad sign that company is slowly getting overvalued ?
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Why does Yahoo! Finance report different prices for the same index?

I'm using Yahoo! Finance to compare the FTSE 250 and DAX indices. However, I'm getting two very different results when comparing the indices over the same date range, depending on which I select as ...