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This tag is to be used for any questions related to Stocks. Ideally they should be accompanied by a country tag if relevant. It is discouraged to ask question about a specific stock. However an example can be used to illustrate a point.

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how to find out if a company has stock/shares to invest in?

Scenario: Lets say I'm walking down main street and a company or two catch my eye as possible investment opportunities. How do I go about finding if they have stock/shares to invest in? Some may ...
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Test out day trading strategies

I am looking to test out day trading strategies. Most strategies I am interested in require to hold onto the stock for a week or more. Instead of using a paper stock trading platform and having to ...
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Axiomatic approach to money, securities and other instruments? [on hold]

As I read about cash, stocks, bonds, derivatives, etc., I can't help but wonder why there are so many diverse financial products out there. Any pointers to axiomatic treatment that explains ...
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What prevents leveraged ETFs from exceeding their underlying value in times of high demand?

For example, today SPY decreased -3.17% and therefore the 3x Bear SPY ETF, SPXS, increased 9.85% - roughly equivalent to 300% inverse (310%). What if you somehow foresaw the decrease early in the ...
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How can I find out about shareholder perks?

I recently read an answer to a question here that talked about holding certain investments to reap perks for shareholders (I don't recall the question offhand). I'm interested in finding out more ...
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Am I confused about how to diversify into bonds?

I held several Vanguard equity ETFs (VFIAX, etc.) I wanted to diversify into bonds (as discussed in "A Random Walk Down Wall Street"), so I sold some of them and bought BLV. As stocks have declined, ...
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Acquisition Stock Holder Approval

I am working on a research project on acquisitions/mergers. I have been reading the details of Amazons acquisition of Whole Foods. In the articles that I'm reading, I see that Whole Foods shareholders ...
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Options strategy to lock in profit

Let’s say I have 100 shares of XYZ, and over the past 9 months the share price has increased 20%. I don’t want to sell until the 12 month mark so I can benefit from a long term capital gains rate, but ...
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How to not look into my stocks regularly [closed]

Having an online brokerage account makes it very simple and therefore tempting to check the current value of my stocks. But I have realized that it only brings my mood down when I see I just lost 1000 ...
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Why Would a Company Change Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) Vesting Plan?

My company gives out Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) each year. The RSUs used to vest 100% on the 3rd year after granting them. This year they have changed the plan, and instead they vest 25% of the ...
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Bid vs ask if spreads are wide or narrow

In a bid vs ask if it has a large spread does this indicate that it is harder to get what you paid for it back in return or say the market price? Or can you always get the market sale if the price is ...
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Bond sell off vs stocks

U.S. stocks fell following a bond selloff that sent yields to multi-year highs. New filings for unemployment fell unexpectedly to near 49-year lows. The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yield rose ...
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Why didn't the Tesla's stock price increase after the Falcon Heavy launch? [closed]

You'd think that the footage of a Tesla Roadster with the Earth in the background going viral would be an unprecedented advertisement and that it could possibly entice people to order Tesla cars "in ...
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How far in advance can insider sell their own company's stock?

Assuming this is not a new IPO, and no lock-ups, how far in advance do insiders have to declare selling their stock? From what I read online, they certainly can not immediately sell their stock the ...
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When should one book profit in investing? [closed]

I would like to know if there is any theory/strategy behind booking profits when it comes to investing? Many times I have observed the stocks rallied 20-40% in the span of 2-4 months. Since I am ...
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Understanding a Cashflow 2017 10-K statement

First time post question on this platform, let me know if I shall move to the quantitative finance or this is the right place afterall. I am reading Analog Devices 10-K and could not really wrap my ...
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Why would a stock have a 30% spread (between Ask and Bid)?

If I am understanding this correctly, if I wanted to buy this stock, market price is $129 ish. If I want to sell, I'll get about 30% less, $98 ish. That seems like a huge spread. What are typical ...
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Is there a way to find out which stocks are scheduled to be delisted?

Often there are buyouts or corporate actions or other reasons that cause a stock to be removed from an exchange (delisted). Given a specific company and specific situation, it's often possible to ...
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Option Price changes as you get closer to earnings (but stock remains unchanged)

How do the price of options change as you get closer to earnings, if the stock doesn't change? Let's say, there's a call option that's worth $6.00 today for a strike price of $62.00 with the stock ...
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Does “Cash Sale” exist in stock market?

I came across this in a book: “ if an individual requires immediate funds, such an agreement may be accomplished by a cash sale. Such sales settle on the same day at 2:30 PM. Any trade executed at 2 ...
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What stock(s) denote the unofficial start of “earnings season”?

I have heard AA (Alcoa Corporation) and JPM (JP Morgan Chase) mark the start of "earnings season" is there any other consensus?
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Help getting started (I've just opened a trading account) [closed]

I'm new to online trading and to investing. I also don't have a lot of money. I want to start by investing maybe $200 to learn the ropes. I know it's not a lot but it makes me less nervous about ...
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Is investing getting harder?

I've often heard that to make irregular rates of return in the markets, one has to accomplish two things: 1) Bet against the consensus. 2) Be right. This makes sense - roughly speaking. Given that ...
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Does a bond mutual fund qualify as “bonds” for the purposes of risk management?

I am re-balancing my portfolio to be a little more conservative. I am considering taking some of what's currently in equity ETFs and putting them into VBMFX, a "Total Bond Market Index Fund". Is ...
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Can unlimited liability companies be present at the stock exchange?

One day my lawyer told me to pay a big attention to the legal form of the company I invest. Generally, there are limited and unlimited liability companies. In limited one, in case of bankruptcy I ...
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Why did LABU go down at the beginning of its trading? [closed]

I was wondering why LABU, which is a 3x times leveraged biotechnological ETF, went down in July 2015. I understand that it tries to track SPSIBI (Biotech Index) whose top ten holdings are: ICPT, SRPT, ...
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Do I need a day trader account if I need to buy at today's close and sell at tomorrow's close everyday? [closed]

I am working on an algorithm for swing trading where I buy at the close today and sell at the close tomorrow. It worked well in the simulations that I ran but I would like to test it in the real ...
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Should retail investors study exchange rules?

The NYSE has just shy of ten-thousand rules in their rule book. That ain't exactly light reading material either. If a retail investor is an active trader on NYSE, how well should they have studied ...
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Considering leverage [closed]

I started investing two years ago. Currently my situation is as follows: I earn 1700 € per month and manage to save 1200. To be Conservative and as rents are going up in my country, we can assume ...
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Can a casual investor effectively predict the direction of the stock market?

Is the stock market an efficient market, with assets whose direction of change in prices cannot be predicted by casual investors? The reason I'm asking this is because certain family members are ...
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How closely tied are UK Stocks & Shares ISAs to the value of the Pound?

I have some savings in a Stocks & Shares ISA. Let's suppose that something is going to happen in the next six months which will cause the value of the Pound to plummet. Will I see the value of ...
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Opening a bank account to invest in the stock market [closed]

I would like to start swing trading. I am 18 and I was wondering what type of bank account do I need to start doing this? I have never had a bank account. Do I need a regular checking account or ...
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Identifying the market of a stock

I am completely new to stocks, but i want to try to buy stock from another market - other than my country. So how can i figure out data for a particular stock? Even the most basic, how can i find, ...
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Resources on getting into stocks as a youngin' and the legitimacy of stock trading videos [closed]

This is a two part question: I. Would anyone recommend some resources for getting into stock trading as an 18 year old. I make ~30k/yr if that helps. II. On the legitimacy of big youtube videos ...
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What is the difference between quote data, trade data and pricing data in stock market?

I am new to stock market. I never found any clear response on internet for this query. Few define quote data as the last traded value, few define it as the bid & ask value. I also wonder OHLC ...
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What happens when a stock drops out of the bottom of an index?

Many indexes around the world are the top X stocks on an exchange. What happens when the bottom stock is overtaken by a stock that isn't in the index? Presumably, all of the funds that track that ...
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Average performance for long term stock investors?

What's the average performance of long term stock investors in terms of % profit per year? I want to know how I am doing compared to other people. Is there such a statistic?
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How do I diversify with little capital but picking only those companies I want?

Is it possible to achieve a high degree of diversification with relatively little capital but still be able to determine exactly in which companies one invests and in which one not? So is there a way ...
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Selling short during short circuit breaker

Imagine a stock went down more than 10% intraday, triggering the short circuit breaker, aka Alternative uptick rule. Short selling is only possible higher than the best bid. But what happens exactly? ...
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Profit from a decline in a sector

I know that put options are "safest" bet when anticipating a stock to decline. But what of a sector, say energy, to decline over a long period of time (> 1 year). Are there additional options ...
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Stock Price drop today [closed]

Can anyone give me some insight as to why the Huntsman Corp Nyse:HUN dropped by so much today for no reason? There are no economic wide crises either.
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What are stock trading strategies that have a positive expectancy? [closed]

I'm looking for basic trading strategies that are known to show positive expectancy. Could you support your answers with some examples?
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Does CFD and Spread Betting “move the stock market”?

Trading stock involves ownership of the underlying asset. Given the total nr of shares on the market are limited. Given that the price moves according to Supply and Demand. Would CFD trading and ...
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How to estimate the trading liquidity of stocks when buying and selling?

Stocks with smaller market capitalisation sometimes have the potential for greater price growth. But when trying to invest the same amount of money as you would do with a mainstream share, your act of ...
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Investing in Stocks vs CFD in safe Mode

I made a few thousands dollars through a couple of freelancing projects (around $20k - $30k), i’m 32 with almost no responsibilities, have a full time job making decent money, and I live in Egypt with ...
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Do I have to pay capital gain taxes in 2019 in this case?

Let's say that I bought a stock in August 2018 and sell it in February 2019 for a profit, do I have to pay capital gain taxes for this stock when I file my taxes in 2019? The reason I asked is ...
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What do you think the fair price of this stock is based on these summarized financial statements? [closed]

I have been trying to make a valuation by reading the financial statements, but I believe I am just guessing. I have an idea, but I do not understand completely. Can I get a valuation and a short ...
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Where do I find information around stock swaps?

Where can I track which stock has been swapped for another, and at which ratio? Below three swaps that happened in the past years: SolarCity (SCTY) stock got swapped for Tesla stock (TSLA). Whole ...
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Why do stock prices rise when dividends increase?

It seems like stock prices rise when dividends increase unexpectedly [possible citation needed]. This doesn't seem intuitive to me, because if you think of stock as a claim of ownership on a company, ...
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Why would any owner sell their company to Warren Buffet / Berkshire Hathaway?

Suppose that I'm either an owner or part owner (through shares) of Example Corporation. One day I get a phone call from Warren Buffett. He says that Berkshire Hathaway is interested in buying ...