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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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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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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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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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Is it true that more than 99% of active traders cannot beat the index?

Recently my pension fund gave a presentation at the place where I work. They explained that they invest by following the index of several stock exchanges. They reason that since 99% of the active ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there no overlap of ticker symbol even if old company was unlisted or bankrupt?

I want to know if ticker symbols are always unique in all time period. Or is it unique only in currently listed companies?
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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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How many Tesla Y are ordered/reserved so far

Tesla Y is allowing to order ( similar to Tesla 3 reservation but allowing to choose configuration). I remember when Tesla 3 was announced there were plenty of information released by Tesla and 3rd ...
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What are the mechanics of tracking stock?

I'm curious about tracking stock. Take, for example, NASDAQ:DVMT. It's a tracking stock issued by Dell for VMWare (NASDAQ:VMW), which is partly owned by Dell. The idea is that people could invest in ...
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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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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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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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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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What are some signs that the stock market might crash? [closed]

I have about one year of experience as an investor and my goal is to aggressively grow my portfolio over the next 40 years for retirement. I have had good success achieving my goal over the last year ...
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Calculating returns on a stock: different ways?

I am comparing two ways of calculating the total return on one stock over time and I would like to know if they both make sense. When would you use one over the other and do they have specific names? ...
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From the book of Benjamin Grahm “The Inteligent Investor” : chapter 5, pg 115, what does he mean imposing some limit

I am totally new to finance and investing world, hence please bear my basic question. I have a query on Ben's book The intelligent investor Page #115. point #4 it says : The Investor should impose ...
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What happened in 1926 that made data on stock dividends reliable?

I read in Boglehead's Guide to Investing (second edition): Stock dividends can be a major source of fund returns. Since 1926, when reliable data first became available, dividends have accounted for ...
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Better way to calculate earning growth rate to have quick glance on company earning quality

I was wondering, what is a better way, to calculate earning growth rate, to have a quick glance on company earning quality? In ycharts, according to https://ycharts.com/glossary/terms/eps_growth , ...
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Why do passive ETFs require so much trading (and incur costs)?

As far as I've understood, the idea of passive ETFs is to track an index. Typically, the index is a value-weighted stock market index, such as the S&P500. Now, if I'm not mistaken, tracking a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Feasibility of using long term pattern on short term investments

In the stock market, Can one use the knowledge for long term investments, such as, patterns recognizing points of reversals, to profit from short term trading? in other words, is the pattern of the ...
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Average Price of a Stock

I realized that most finance and stock screener web sites don't provide the metric of the mean (average) price of the stock over a certain period of time, for example, the mean value of AAPL shares ...
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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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Legality of Providing Online Stock Advice, as a Shareholder

Is it illegal to provide stock tips on online forums, if you are also investing or have invested in the same stocks?
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Stock Dividends & Splits: Are they always applied over night?

I'm using historical stock data, and I am wondering if I need to account for dividends, splits, and corporate actions during a trading day? I know that they often occur at the end of the day, and an ...
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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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Calculating historic S&P 500 returns

I'm using the S&P 500 data provided by Robert Shiller which goes back to 1871. I've then calculated the percent return for each month, the simple arithmetic average is 0.43%. Calculating the ...
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Learn fundamental Analysis (example)

I'm completely new to stocks. I've already read The Intelligent Investor, One Up On Wall Street and another book for beginners about long term investing. My problem is that I don't know at all how to ...
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What “failure modes” for passive, large index funds?

Is there a way that a passive, large, liquid index fund can completely devalue due to some mechanism (as longs as the stocks it is tracking do not, obviously)? For example, any individual stock can ...
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After Hours S&P 500

I know that while major stock markets are closed, many instruments continue trading overnight. I imagine that some of these instruments track the S&P 500. Is there some easy way to follow these? ...
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Why doesn't change in accounts receivable on balance sheet match cash flow statement?

If we take a look at the balance sheet for Microsoft, I see Net Receivables as 21,485,000 [2014] and 19,118,000 [2013] On the cash flow statement, I see Changes In Accounts Receivables as (1,120,000)...
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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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How to calculate average drawdown of a trading system?

Let's say that I'm trying to evaluate a FX trading system. I know how to calculate the largest drawdown during a period of time, but how can I calculate the average drawdown or the average largest ...
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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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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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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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Why does selling and then rebuying stock not lead to free money?

From what I understand, stock prices go down when large amounts of the stock are sold (thereby lowering the price to attract buyers), and go up when large amounts are bought (vice versa - buyers rise ...
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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 ...