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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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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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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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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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Revenue Vs. Earnings

I have been trying to understand the impact of news and earnings reports on stock price, but this one has confused me. Starbucks released earnings on the 25th and came up short on expected revenue but ...
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What is the difference between current and non-current liabilities?

Take this page: http://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/prices/stocks/summary/fundamentals.html?fourWayKey=GB00B1YMN108GBGBXASQ1 Under liabilities you have current and non-current liabilities. ...
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How come we can find stocks with a Price-to-Book ratio less than 1?

I was wondering, if there is such a stock, why isn't everyone getting it as there is supposedly no risk. For instance, a stock like NYSEARCA:VDE has Price to Book: 0.78. Div yield: 1.99. Growing net ...
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What does it mean with the ask price is below the last price?

Typically, I am accustomed to seeing things like {"ask":1.0123, "last":1.0118, "bid":1.0113} but every now and then I'll catch something doing {"ask":1.0118, "last":1.0123, "bid":1.0113}, what, if ...
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Where does the stock go in a collapse?

During the crash at the end of 2008, pretty much everyone was selling their stock and the market tumbled approximately 50%. Who purchased the stock? Was it market makers or other people? I understand ...
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How much time should be spent on Penny Stocks Trading a day?

I am a student studying and I got interested in Penny Stocks, because I hope to gain money earlier in my life. I hope to invest the first amount of money that I may earn by part time job; cleverly ...
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I did an experiment with analysts recommendations. How to analyze the results?

About 1.5 months ago, I saw a web ad saying something like "click here to see 7 stocks that are going to rise in the following 30 days". I thought it was spam, but the name "Zacks" sounded familiar, ...
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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'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 is it called when a big player buys/sells so much volume of an asset that it changes the price?

Is there a term for when a big player buys/sells so much volume of an asset (stock, currency, gold, etc.) that it changes the price? Is there a name for this type of player? I want to know the ...
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Why do some stocks have a higher margin requirement?

When a stock is leveraged 2X or 3X, it will have a higher margin requirement for obvious reasons. For a non leveraged stock, what does a higher margin requirement say about that stock? Here are some ...
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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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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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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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Does technical analysis work on small stock exchanges?

I live in Europe, in a rather small country, and we also have a stock exchange. It's really ridiculously small, compared to NYSE, NASDAQ, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and similar. Lately I've been ...
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What is a 10 Year Treasury Note and How Can it be Used to Calculate the Intrinsic Value of a Stock?

I am a Canadian, and I am trying to use an "intrinsic stock value calculator" (found here: http://buffettsbooks.com/howtoinvestinstocks/course2/stocks/intrinsic-value-calculator.html#sthash.YmLme4uz....
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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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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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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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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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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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Tracking health of a stock portfolio

Most brokerage accounts highlight the current return on your investment (average cost-basis of your portfolio is X, now market value is Y, so your return is Z%). But I don't find this single metric ...
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How does my broker (optionsXpress) calculate probabilities that the stock will hit a certain price?

My broker, optionsXpress, shows the probability that the stock will touch a certain price (or end up above it) by a certain date. How do they calculate this?
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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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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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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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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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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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Why is SHLD trading at ~$2 when it has $-38 book value?

I took a look at SHLD financial statements and I cant understand why SHLD is trading at ~$2 when it has -$38 book value and a highly negative P/E? What am I missing?
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Does Yahoo finance adjust ETF's historical data for splits and dividends? (not stocks or shares)

On the ETF's graphs I see there are steep falls. There is a legend indicating the ETF was split 1:10. However like Stocks or Shares, I don't see the price being adjusted for splits. Is this correct, ...
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Static and Dynamic, Major/Minor Support and Resistance in Stock Trading/Investing

I was reading a short article the article is here. The author talks about Static and Dynamic support and resistance. While I understand the concept of support and resistance (also to an extent major ...
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What's the most correct way to calculate market cap for multi-class companies?

Yahoo finance shows GOOG as having a market cap of $492.97B, while GOOGL has a market cap of $510.18B. What's Google's total market cap? Is it really $1,003B?
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How can there be two stock tickers for one company?

I was doing some research and came across two stock tickers with the same name eseentially, and the tickers are MDCN and MDCND. I'm not sure what each of these means and how this works within the ...
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why would closing price of a stock be different from different sources, and which would you take as the real price?

I was asked this question in an interview, I believed this is an Open Question. So any answer would be welcome.
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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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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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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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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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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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Can a Trend be defined?

In the price chart of a stock, commodity or FX, can an uptrend and a downtrend be defined? Can these definitions help someone to thus determine the start and end of a trend without any ambiguity or ...
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NAV higher than than the share itself - why?

Why should a stock be cheaper than its NAV? A share (not ETF, just a normal share) that I own has a NAV of 163 - but is traded at 142 Shouldn't the trade price be higher than the NAV? What stops me ...
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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 does it mean “sell on ask” , “sell on bid” in stocks?

Is there any expression like "sell on bid"? Or is it only "sell on ask". I m learning stocks right now, my coach telling "we just sold on ask". so I wonder if there is the opposite - "sell on bid"?
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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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Stochastic Oscillator for Financial Analysis

I have been using the stochastic oscillator indicator to get some insight on particular stocks. Below is an example of a 14-day lookup period for K where D is a calculated as a 3-day average of K. ...
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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 ...