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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What are some important factors to consider before investing in a stock/index fund and why?

I am a newbie to financial markets and I would like to know what people consider before buying/selling in markets. For example I know that interest rates would be one as it has an effect on liquidity. ...
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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 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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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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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 happened to GOOG-stock? Why isn't it 1.000 USD?

I just try to understand what happened to the Google stock. In October 2013 many newspapers wrote that the GOOG stock reached 1.000 USD. When I now look at the charts for this share and scroll back ...
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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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Chart total return of mutual fund vs. stock with dividends reinvested? [closed]

Using common charting software, how can I best compare total returns of a mutual fund vs. total return of a stock, with dividend reinvestment (DRIP) in each case? Frequently the easy to get charts ...
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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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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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If I have $1000 to invest in penny stocks online, should I diversify risk and invest in many of them or should I invest in just in one?

I have $1000 to invest. I use Scottrade to invest in penny stocks online, they charge $7 to buy a stock and another $7 to sell it ($14 in total). Given the high volatility of these stocks, what tactic ...
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Judge market efficiency from raw price action

Is it possible to judge just by tape reading and analyzing the price action, if a particular security in a particular market is efficient or not? I often read commentaries by experts that state that ...
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How do stock analysts estimate the earnings for a publicly traded company? What about costs?

I assume that if one was a careful study of a company, you could determine revenue by surveying consumers and determining how much inventory is being sold, but I don't see how an analyst could gain ...
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What happened to Houston American Energy Corp. (HUSA) that made their stock crash?

I noticed this HUSA stock. And seen that they were steadily over the $10 line for most of 2010-2011 and at the beginning of 2012 they started going down. Yahoo Finance shows that they were upgraded ...
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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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Equation to determine if a stock is oversold and by how much?

Given a stock, is there any mathematical equation than can determine if that stock is oversold? I will use the equation against all stocks in the market to generate a sorted list of oversold stocks.
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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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Online stock screener to find stocks that are negatively correlated to another stock/index? [closed]

Is there a free online resource that I can use to find pairs of stocks that are always negatively correlated? For example, I want to find stocks that are negatively correlated w.r.t SPY. On Google ...
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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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If a company's assets are worth more than its market cap, can one say the shares must be undervalued?

Imagine a company sold a 10% stake in one of its assets to a 3rd party for $100 million. It would be fair to assume that the asset is worth $1 billion. If that company had 200 million shares issued, ...
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Can I get a dumbed down explanation of risk measures used for evaluating stocks?

Hoping this will be a good reference question for the site. Can someone explain in a way that doesn't require a lot of math/statistics background what the following terms mean when analyzing the ...
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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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Why does a stock price drop as soon an I purchase several thousand shares at market price?

I have at times bought thousands of shares of a stock but every time it seems the share price dips right after my purchase. Is this just bad luck or part of the process?
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Can one see the transactions in the stock market?

Is it possible to see the individual transactions in a certain exchange market (e.g. NYSE) for a certain stock (e.g. GOOG)?
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Is Investments by Bodie just an expanded version of Essentials of Investments?

I'm looking to start learning about hardcore securities analysis and I see a couple MBA courses that use Essentials of Investments or Investments both by Bodie, Kane, and Marcus. Investments is about ...
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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 do I calculate the quarterly returns of a stock index?

I was reading an article and it stated something along the lines of (not accurate figures): Quarter | Stock Index % Change In Quarter Sep 2011 | 5.21 Dec 2011 | 4.69 Mar 2012 | 3.20 June 2012 | -...
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Calculating a stock's price target

In the book 'Insider Buy Superstocks', he seems to be calculating price targets like this: [last quarter EPS] x 4 x PE = price target Does that look correct? Is he basing PE off the current stock ...
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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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What does the average log-return value of a stock mean?

Assuming log-return is defined by the log of the price today divided by the price yesterday. Does knowing this single piece of information (the average log-return of a stock over a long period of ...
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Looking at Options Liquidity: what makes some stocks so attractive for options traders?

I've noticed that options volumes can vary dramatically between underlying securities. What makes some stocks (e.g. AAPL, BAC) so attractive for options traders?
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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 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 ...
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Incorporating real-world parameters into simulated(paper) trading

A bit expanding the question asked here, I want to try and test a strategy using a simulated(paper) trading. As a first step, I have tried to find any brokers who provide a convenient simulated ...
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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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Bids and asks in case of market order

Suppose that person A places buy market order with quantity 1000 of firm XYZ. Now in the market there only are various asks of quantity: quantity 100, quantity 2000, quantity 1000. Each ask has ...
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Rate of change of beta

While viewing data for an individual stock, I always want to see how much the beta has changed. I see this useful for three reasons: Trends (up, down, or stable) in the beta The 60-month beta hides ...