Questions tagged [stocks]

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Where should I invest to hedge against the stock market going down?

Let's say that the stock market falls in value for whatever reason. Maybe a bank or two goes out of business, for example, and stocks fall 20-30%. What would you invest in if you were sure this was ...
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Is short selling a good hedging strategy during overzealous market conditions?

As the stock market keeps increasing, I'm more and more interested in short selling as a strategy to hedge risk and make some money. History has shown that anything that goes up, must come down. The ...
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Which type of stock order would I use to sell a stock that hits a price or drops below it?

I have a few stocks and my normal way of selling them is to watch yahoo and if they hit a certain price I decide if I should sell. I want to be a bit more automatic and I see these orders are ...
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What market conditions favor small cap stocks over medium cap stocks?

I want to understand the rationale to make the decisions to invest in small vs mid cap stocks. If there are any pointers for a non-finance expert, I will really appreciate it. Thanks, Geo
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Where can I buy stocks if I only want to invest a little bit at a time, and not really be involved in trading?

(I'm like the guy asking that question "Shares; are they really only for the rich/investors?":) I would like to invest £50 (or $50) here and there from time to time. (I choose the companies I like.) ...
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Using stock markets in Europe, how can I buy commodities / resources, to diversify my portfolio?

I am in Europe and I would like to differentiate my portfolio in buying resources, such as oil, sulphuric acid, titanium etc. Of course not in material form, but as stocks. How can I achieve this?
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How to get started with the stock market? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best way to start investing, for a young person just starting their career? Hello, With 1500+ questions on this forum, I'm sure the question I'm about to ask has been asked ...
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What are the tax implications of exercising options early?

Say you have the following situation: You have pre-IPO stock options Half of the options have vested, the other half will vest over the next 2 years Your strike price is S The fair market value of ...
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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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Is the stock market too risky for long term retirement funds? Why should a 20- or 30-something person invest in stocks?

Given the crash of 2008, how do you explain to a person in their 20's or 30's why a good portion of their retirement funds should go into the stock market? (And if you wouldn't, what would you ...
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Covered Call Writing - What affects the price of the options?

A little while ago, I bought $800 worth of stocks and sold about $200 worth in call options against the stock. I think it was 200 shares and 2 contracts (so my options weren't naked). That takes the ...
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How can I invest in US Stocks from outside the US with a credit card instead of a bank account?

I would like to know if it it possible to invest, buy stock, for example in Apple from outside the US. I would not like to use bank accounts in possible rather the credit card, to do this, what ...
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Questrade: Tax Free Trading Account. Why don't other brokers in Canada have these?

I noticed Questrade has a Tax Free Trading Account. Is this too good to be true? Why do other brokers not have a "Tax Free Trading Account" where your gains are not taxed and where you can contribute ...
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Canada discount stock brokers: Interactive Brokers vs. Questrade?

I am currently trading with BMO and Scottrade, and I'm pretty satisfied with both (most with Scottrade). BMO charges pretty high commissions, 30$, so I'm looking to transferring to a different broker. ...
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Is leveraging notoriety to raise stock prices illegal in the US?

Without plagiarizing, I found the following article interesting: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/99665/20110111/50-cent-hustler-entrepreneur-innovator.htm# Essentially, 50 Cent tweeted about a ...
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Protecting Gains: Buying a Put vs. Leveraged Bear Market vs. Liquidating Long Positions?

I am a long investor looking to protect some of my gains in the recent market rally. What are my options? I know of 3 possibilities: Buying a Put (in say SPY) Leveraged Bear Market (say QID) ...
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Is owning ADR share for a good idea for long term investor

I am pretty new to ADR concept. Just that recently, I realize by owning ADR, I will be charged an amount of fee. http://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/06/adrdepositorybank.asp How frequent the ADR ...
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Does owning BP ADR from US stock market required to pay custody fees

Helo, I am a Malaysia investor. Recently, I invest in BP ADR from US market, through my local broking firm. I was wondering, whether owning BP ADR, requires me to pay custody fee. What my ...
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Top 3 things to do before year end for your Stock Portfolio?

What will be the top 3 recommendation of actions to do to your portfolio before year end?
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Why is my corporate bond portfolio decreasing when my stock portfolio is increasing?

For some reason my CFT, CIU, CSJ, and LWC are -2.95% overall, when the rest of my stocks are at +8%. Is there any specific reason why Corporate Bonds are going down while the market is climbing?
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How can my dad (grandpa) transfer shares to my 2 year old son?

What different options are available? What are the pros and cons of different types of accounts? update, in response to Joel Spolsky's request for more info: I live in the U.S., the shares are GE. ...
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What is the minimum lot size (number of shares) for the London Stock Exchange?

For the Singapore Stock Exchange, the minimum lot size (number of shares) to trade is 1,000 units. I was wondering: What is the minimum purchased unit for the London Stock Exchange? Thanks.
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Are there capital gains taxes or dividend taxes if I invest in the U.S. stock market from outside of the country?

Recently, I invested in some stock in the U.S. stock market. I was wondering: Whether there are capital gains taxes if I sell stock? Do they take account into my foreign exchange loss? Are there any ...
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Since many brokers disallow investors from shorting sub-$5 stocks, why don't all companies split their stock until it is sub-$5

Seems like a no-brainer? I guess if your security is not marginable, it can't be bought long on margin either, but I would also guess for most companies there are more margined shorts than margined ...
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Why can't I short a stock that sells for less than $5? Is there another way to “go short” on them?

I don't like satellite radio as a business and I want to short Sirius (SIRI). The stock sells for less than $5, so my broker won't let me short it. Is this a limitation of my broker? Or some SEC ...
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Is there extra risk in owning an ADR vs. the underlying stock?

One of my favorite on-again-off-again recovery plays is Mittal Steel (NYSE: MT). I buy the MT ADR there (American Depositary Receipt) because I live in the US. Am I exposing myself to any extra risk ...
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Is there a way to bet on the trade volume of a stock?

Say, stock ABC trades 100,000 shares per day. I feel strongly that in the near future it will trade 200,000 shares per day. Is there an instrument I can buy to profit on this? To be clear, I don't ...
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How much time would I have to spend trading to turn a profit?

I have read about online trading sites that allow you to buy and sell stocks. How much time would I have to invest in buy/sell/research in order to make a profit? Does anyone have any experience ...
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How to calculate the investment fees your portfolio is paying?

Disclaimer: I am going to mention the investment company that I am using, but I am not related in any way with this company, is just to exemplify my question. I am currently using foliofn.com. They ...
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Should I sell my stocks to reduce my debt?

The question is obvious. I have debt, not in excess, but I have. And I have some stocks in the market. Should I use the stock money to pay my debt, and be debt free. The debt is not high interest. ...
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Should I sell when my stocks are growing?

I have a collection of stock that on average have grown 8% in the last few months. Should I sell now? This is a normal account, meaning tax is of no help. I never understand why people sell while ...
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Calculate annualized return on stock with multiple transactions

I understand how to calculate the Annualized return on a stock when I have single purchase ie (principal + gain/principal) ^ (365/days) - 1 but how is it calculated when I have multiple buys and ...
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How to find trailing 5-year stock returns for 1980s?

I am trying to find the top gaining stocks in the 1980s based on the trailing 5-year return. For example, I want to know the top performing stock for 1975-1980, 1976-1981, 1977-1982, etc. I don't ...
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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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When's the best time to sell the stock of a company that is being acquired/sold?

My company is considering selling itself, and the stock has has gone up 50% in value in the last couple weeks. How long should I wait to sell my stock? Should I wait for announcement of offers? Hold ...
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How should I deal with my long term gain this year?

I have a small long term gain of $1000 this year, and I'm thinking about selling some of my losers to offset it. I have some long term losses and some short term losses that I could take (and then ...
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Curious about Liverpool FC situation

Ok, I know that this is a place for "personal finance," but I thought I might try asking anyway because of the quick responses I can get from this site. Can anyone explain to me how the board can sell ...
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Can I open an IRA and add specific stocks to it?

I would really like to save money during the year and then once a year purchase specific stocks to put in an IRA. Is that possible? Are there companies that offer something like this without charging ...
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How can I purchase Skype stock during the IPO?

Skype will be going IPO soon. How can I purchase their IPO stock?
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What is a good asset allocation for a 25 year old?

I have a mid-sized portfolio (under $100K). And am currently in 100% stocks. I have seen some advice being given that states 80/20 bonds will yield similar returns as 100% stocks with less volatility.
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Why would a company sell debt in order to buy back shares and/or pay dividends?

For example, why did Microsoft take on debt to create shareholder value? http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-13/microsoft-is-said-to-plan-debt-sale-to-pay-for-dividends-buy-back-shares.html
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Where to find out conversion ratio between General Motors bonds and new GM stock?

I bought some General Motors bonds (ETF-traded under "XGM" symbol) when they were at depressed prices, before GM declared bankruptcy. GM is supposed to be having an IPO sometime in November, and ...
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In the stock market, why is the “open” price value never the same as previous day's “close”?

This is something that is mind-boggling to me, and it is particularly obvious in candlestick graphs: Why is the open value never the same as the previous day's close value? This is something I just ...
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What governs the shape of price history graphs?

I think the price history graphs of speculative investments such as housing and gold look like a series of linked "u"s, ie sharp peaks and rounded troughs, while the graphs of less speculative ...
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What does dividends passed mean in terms of stock?

Need help with this corporate finance homework, argh. They keep saying things like "these covenants include provisions about passing dividends", what the heck?
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Do large market players using HFT make it unsafe for individual investors to be in the stock market?

Similar to this question, but with new information concerning High Frequency Trading [HFT], see articles on HPCwire and the NY Times citing that HFT accounts for 73 percent of all equity trading ...
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Price difference between shares in Hong Kong and Shanghai

I am interested in investing in the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), which is listed both on the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock markets. Since I only can trade in the Hong Kong stock ...
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How to evaluate stocks? e.g. Whether some stock is cheap or expensive?

What kind of information do you obtain before buying (or selling) a stock? I know the PE ratio is very important, but not the only thing. Are there any rules of thumb to determine whether some stock ...
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Where can I buy preferred stocks as opposed to common stocks?

I'd like to purchase some preferred stocks (or at least look into it), but I am not really sure how I could go about doing this. I currently use Scottrade for most of my investing.
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Will ADR owner enjoy same benefit as common shares holders

Currently, I would like to invest in the stock of HSBC. Details on Google Finance Details on Yahoo Finance I am not sure whether I should purchase from the Hong Kong or US stock market. What I know ...