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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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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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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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Why does the biotechnology industry have such a high PE ratio?

I'm looking at this link, which lists P/E ratios by industry. I see that biotechnology has a P/E ratio of 145, which is very high compared to other industries. What is so special about this industry ...
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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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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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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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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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Rate of return of stock index

One can always see on the news for example, the movement of stock indexes. Say for example: S&P +5.15 (0.05%) or S&P -0.57 (0.001%) But how would I calculate the 2 numbers above? (+5.15 and ...
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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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Why do people buy stocks that pay no dividend?

Before recently, Apple Inc. did not give dividend to shareholders. This makes me curious why people buy Apple Inc. stocks; while it might be due to the expectation of selling stocks at a higher price,...
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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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What does “more buyers than sellers” in technical analysis of stocks actually mean?

I often hear/read technical analysts looking at volume and price action on a chart and claiming that there are "more buyers than sellers" or vice versa. Since every trade requires a buyer and a ...
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How does stock dilution work in relation to share volume?

I'm aware of stock splits/reverse splits used for modifying volume of a stock, but how often are they actually used? Isn't it less common that a company simply decides to sell more stock at the ...
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What rules govern when a new option series is issued?

As I'm typing this, the CBOE quotes and data page lists GOOG and FB options with expirations of September, October, November and December of 2012. But AMZN and GS only get September and October of ...
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Understanding a Trailing Limit if Touched Order

I"m trying to wrap my head around a Trailing Limit if Touched Order that is offered by Interactive Brokers. The order explanation is at Trailing Limit if Touched. What I'm trying to figure out is ...
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Are there common stock price trends related to employee option plans?

Facebook IPO was May 18th, 2012. I understand that employees are not able to sell their shares until 6 months after the date of IPO (is this correct?). Can we expect the price of Facebook to decrease ...
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Which set of earnings is used to work out the P/E of a stock

So company earnings can fluctuate quite a bit, based on the market conditions, seasonal conditions, whether there was a big spend in the last year etc. Therefore, even the last years earnings could ...
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Will the popularity of index funds cause a pricing bubble in the stocks that make up an index?

I can't help but notice the popularity of index mutual funds over actively managed funds. I think all the arguments are sound, but I have one worry: Index funds are run by buying the stocks listed ...
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Question about protecting yourself from company not beating earning estimate

I'm new to this site and thought I'd start off with a quick question. Let's use Advance Auto Parts (AAP) in my example. Let's assume you are looking into buying AAP and you do all the research you ...
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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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Which kind of investment seems feasible to have more cashflow every week or month?

My plan is to make close to $2000 a month/$500 a week through investments. For that, I can risk up to $2000 to start with. The following come in to my mind, even if nothing is for sure. 1) If I ...
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Is there a free, online stock screener for UK stocks? [closed]

Does anyone know if there is a free online Stock Screener for UK stocks, especially for the companies in the FTSE100? I'm looking for something similar to the Stock Screener created by Google Finance,...
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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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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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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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Correct calculation for determining real business book value per share?

I'm trying to calculate the real value of a business and, as an example, I picked Netflix. From their latest financial statements I can see that: Assets value is: $3,065,709,000 Liabilities value ...
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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 could cause a stock to trade below book value?

A company's book value is the worth of all their assets. What would cause a stock to trade below book value?
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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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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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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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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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What are support and resistance of a stock?

Checking Second Opinion report for a stock I saw the following: Look for Support at 14.81 Watch for resistance at 15.37 Could anyone please explain what this means?
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Where to find free Thailand stock recommendations and research?

I have a portfolio which consists of Thai stocks and I need inputs on how to re-balance them. Where could I get free recommendation/research about Thai stocks? Thank you very much!
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What are 'business fundamentals'?

I remember the .Com crisis when experts were saying the market was returning to 'business fundamentals' to evaluate stock. Looking at this question, I was wondering what those are and whether some ...
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Importance of dividend yield when evaluating a stock?

Why is the dividend yield (Dividend divided by market price) of a stock a valuable parameter to consider when evaluating a stock? By looking at it, what can one infer about the stock? edit: Thanks ...
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List of web sites or online forums for stock picking and security analysis [closed]

What are some quality web sites or online forums exclusively devoted to stock picking and security analysis? Paid sites are OK, too. I am looking for a forum, rather than just a web site with analyst ...
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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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Idea for getting rich using computers to track stocks

Hallo, I have been toying with this idea in my mind for a while now and to me it sounds like a fool proof way of getting 'rich'. I'm sure someone has had the same idea as me, maybe even tried it, and ...
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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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Understanding company income statements: What is a good profit margin that would make it worthwhile to invest?

I have been learning about how to read and understand a stock company's income statement and using those variables to determine the worth of the stock. My question is, what is a good profit margin for ...
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Can I trust the Motley Fool?

A while back I checked out The Motley Fool while doing some research on mutual funds. I found their educational content to be a great overview of what to look for and started exploring. While The ...
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What is the “point” (purpose) of the S&P 500?

I've long wondered about the philosophy behind the selection of stocks in the S&P 500. I've assumed that it was intended as a market indicator, with the selection being those that best paralleled ...
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How can I find out what factors are making a stock's price rise?

For example: Fannie Mae went up ~20% today, February 3, 2011. How come? What websites have you found to be useful in returning relevant information? It seems to me Yahoo Finance is not very good at ...
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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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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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