Questions tagged [stock-markets]

The stock market is the community of individuals and corporations engaged in the buying and selling of shares of companies, called stocks, on the open market. Shares of stock are traded on a stock exchange and are tracked on indices such as the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq.

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If you own 1% of a company's stock, are you entitled to 1% of its assets?

Say you own 1% of company ABC's shares. If all of a sudden there is no more demand in the stock market for company ABC's stocks, and its share price dropped down to $0, can you claim 1% of company ABC'...
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How do you calculate the P/E ratio by industry?

I would like to know how to calculate the P/E ratio by industry. On this website, it displays the P/E ratio for the current stock, the industry and the sector: FINANCIALS DTV.O ...
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Have there been “flash bubbles”?

There is a lot of press about flash crashes, such as this one. Have there been notable "inverse" phenomenons, where the market sharply bounces up, only to recover close to its initial state a few ...
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Can my broker lock my cash account if I try to use the money from a stock sale during the three-day settlement period?

I don't understand or know what my broker is trying to make me believe, but I have an excess of 75K in my account and they are pulling all kinds of stuff. I had a trade going a few weeks ago, sold it ...
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How do Transfer Agents/Share Registrars get the names of beneficiary shareholders

If Transfer Agents need the names of the beneficiary share holders (e.g. for corporate actions / book closure), how do they get this data - from the stock exchange (or) Central Custodian (or) bank ...
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Why would people sell a stock below the current price?

Say we have stock XYZ that costs $50 this second. The bid/ask is 49/51. If I buy some stocks by setting a buy limit order for 47$, and it succeeds, there is a match; someone is selling the stocks ...
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Can we estimate the impact of a large buy order on the share price?

What I am trying to understand is: If we know the number of shares a company trades and the current price of the share, can we estimate what volume of trade that is required to move the share price in ...
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If I put in a limit order for the same price and size as someone else, which order goes through?

I put a limit buy order for 1000 shares at $1.26, and another investor has also put a limit buy order in for the same amount and volume. If someone sells 1000 shares at $1.26, which one of us gets the ...
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Where can I find a list of all reverse listings on European stock exchanges for a specific period? [closed]

From Wikipedia: A reverse takeover or reverse merger (reverse IPO) is the acquisition of a public company by a private company so that the private company can bypass the lengthy and complex ...
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Will a stop-limit-on-quote execute in extended trading?

As an example, if I have this order: Buy 500 Shares of XYZ at Limit Price of $5.00 and Stop Price of $4.50. Duration of this order is Good until Cancelled. Will that order execute during extended ...
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When would one actually want to use a market order instead of a limit order?

I'm new to investing. I'm looking into using an online discount broker to experiment with private trading. I'm in a position I don't mind losing money, but I don't want to lose more than I put in. ...
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Can a trade happen “in between” the bid and ask price?

According to Investopedia: By looking for trades that take place in between the bid and ask, you can tell when a strong trend is about to come to an end. This is because these trades are often ...
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What rules must your broker follow when buying/selling shares for you at the market price?

When you buy/sell shares at market price (not using limits), what rules must your broker follow? Two scenarios: You tell your broker to sell shares at market price. The broker buys the shares ...
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Am I exposed to currency risk when I invest in shares of a foreign company that are listed domestically?

If a multinational firm based in country A is listed in both country A and country B, and I invest in this firm as a resident of country B through country B's stock exchange, either through something ...
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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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In a quote-driven market, how do market makers figure out bid/ask prices and bid/ask sizes?

I understand that bid/ask prices and bid/ask sizes are ultimately determined by the market maker. I am curious about some general principles that the market maker follows when determining the above ...
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Why are some long term investors so concerned about their entry price?

A long term investor is usually defined as someone who enters an investment for, say, 10, 20, 30 years or more. Generally they buy an investment to help meet a certain objective in their lives (e.g. ...
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What do these numbers mean? (futures)

The S&P closed at 1588.85 on April 12th. On www.bloomberg.com/markets/stocks/futures/ For stock futures, it gives the following data: > Index Future | Future Date | Last S&P ...
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Which instrument to use to trace the Aussie Stock Market?

The best way to achieve market returns is to get into a product that traces the market, right? So I have found two such potential products to trace the ASX 200. The first is an ETF, STW.AX (SPDR 200 ...
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What is the point of the stock market? What is it for, and why might someone want to trade or invest?

Sometimes you have to explain this to young people or people unfamiliar with the stock market. Why would a company want to be a stock company? Why would a person want to trade stocks? How does a ...
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Can someone explain recent AAMRQ stock price behavior to me?

I'm interested in American Airlines stock (AAMRQ). Recently they announced a merger with US Airways. The resulting company is said to be worth $11B (USD). Tom Horton, the CEO, said that after ...
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Why do some companies have stock symbols on different markets?

How come some companies have stock symbols in different markets? Eg. if I wanna buy stocks in Nokia corporation I see they have different stocks to choose from. How do I find out the difference ...
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How does a public company issue new shares without diluting the value held by existing shareholders?

When a public company issues new shares, the total number of shares traded in a secondary market goes up. Assuming there is no change in the fundamentals of the company and the profitability, I would ...
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Explain the HSI - why do markets sometimes appear in sync and other times not?

Can someone please explain this to me: in 2006, HSI moved almost identical like indexes on the New York Stock Exchange. However, the crisis period (2007-2011) shows the deviation from the others. My ...
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Stock broker's profit margin & criteria [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How much do brokerages pay exchanges per trade? What do brokerage firms do? How much does it cost a broker to trade a company's stock on your behalf? Is it different for ...
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What is a bull put spread?

When someone in the stock market says they are going to do a bull put spread, what does that mean, and what services do they use to do it?
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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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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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Is there a mathematical formula to determine a stock's price at a given time?

I have been trying to find exact information on how stock prices are determined but still I haven't found any exact mathematical formulas how it happens. Wikipedia states: When prospective buyers ...
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Can dividends be exploited?

Apple announced a dividend of $2.65/share on August 16th. I was thinking... could somebody buy, say 1,000 shares of Apple, receive the dividend, and then sell the shares right back? http://www....
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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 in ...
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Conversion factor between tracker value and index value?

Where can I find what the conversion factor is between the value of a tracker and the underlying index, other than just computing it myself of course? Is it also explained how these conversion ...
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What is the risk with electronic contract notes in India?

When you sign up for online commodity trading in India (and maybe even equities), if you opt for the convienience of electronic contract note, you are asked to sign a declaration that states: I am ...
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What is the correlation between silver prices and stock prices?

I'm interested in the correlation (in the recent years, or even decades) between the silver (and maybe gold) prices and some stock market index. In other words, I'd like to know how strong is the ...
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Table of how many years it takes to make a specified return on the stock market?

Suppose I want to know "if I want to make a 30% return on the stock market, how many years should I expect to wait?" I know the real answer is "it depends - if the market does horrible it could ...
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When Employees are “Granted” Stock Options, is the Company encouraging Long-Term investments from them?

I'm not exactly sure I understand the "why" behind a Company reasoning for offering "options" to their employees to invest in itself. I've found it is very unlikely of the employees to exercise for a ...
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Can heavy demand for options drive up or down a stock price?

I understand the market maker is the one quite frequently on the other side of my buy or sell option order (to make sure their is liquidity in the market, and offering the bid / ask spread as "...
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Getting started with trading and investing with Stock Market for novice through Investment Bank, for Indian citizen on Nasdaq,NYSE?

I want to know all the requirements(a-z) and the process involved if I want to buy shares from underwriters and the day company goes public.I know its not easy for an individual to get piece of stock ...
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2008-2009 Stock Market Crash — what caused the second drop?

During the 2008 - 2009 stock market "crash", the bottom came in early March, not in the heavy liquidity and other banking crises in the fall. Do you remember what the history of this is, what ...
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What to make of historical stock market volatility?

I looked on Google Finance today at the DJIA, and kept backing up the time window until I saw the whole display they had, from 1971 until today (Oct 2011). It seemed to me that the volatility--the ...
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How far into the future is a stock future? How do stock futures work?

I have been looking at the markets recently and most of the time, I see similar articles on how the market is going to do depending on how futures did. I am not that familiar with futures, but how ...
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How can I trade in U.S stock exchange living in India by choosing the broker in U.S? [closed]

I would appreciate if you kindly suggest an answer for this question.Anything incomplete in this question should be assumed. And also please suggest which is the best brokerage firm/broker for this ...
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Why does the stock market consistently overreact to the business cycle?

It's been shown time and time again (e.g. in Stocks for the Long Run) that the most profitable time to buy stocks is when sentiment is poor and that stocks usually recover very quickly at the end of a ...
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What happened when the dot com bubble burst?

The Wikipedia article on the dot-com bubble defines it as: a speculative bubble covering roughly 1995–2000 (with a climax on March 10, 2000 with the NASDAQ peaking at 5132.52 in intraday trading ...
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How does a change in market cap affect a company's operational decisions?

When the market capitalization of a company goes up or down, should it affect the company operational/investing decisions? Does it affect its funding ability? I'm referring to a case where nothing ...
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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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Are stock prices likely drop off a little bit on a given friday afternoon?

My friend told me this but I can't find any information about it on the internet. His theory is that traders generally tend to close their positions on the Friday because they don't want to be ...
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Why is the stock market closed on the weekend?

It's all digital and done with computers these days, so why bother? Doesn't that just make the system less liquid, which is the opposite to one aim of having the stock market? Plus can't you just ...
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What is the rationale behind stock markets retreating due to S&P having a negative outlook on the USA?

From a Bloomberg article published on 18/4/2011 Standard & Poor’s put a “negative” outlook on the AAA credit rating of the U.S., citing a “material risk” the nation’s leaders will fail to deal ...