Questions tagged [stocks]

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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 ...
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Options for dummies. Can you explain how puts & calls work, simply?

I never understood Puts or Calls. Could anybody explain it like I were a child?
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Why won't my retirement account let me write a "covered put"?

My retirement account (a traditional IRA) will let me write a covered call, where I sell a call option if I have the underlying securities (for instance, 100 shares of IBM). The shares are required to ...
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How does one interpret financial data for stocks listed on multiple exchanges?

Currently, I would like to invest in HSBC stock. http://www.google.com/finance?q=NYSE:HBC&fstype=ii I saw that in 2008, it earned USD0.98 per share, and paid out USD0.64 dividend per share. My ...
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Why are both government and commercial bond prices rising?

For the last 2 months both Gilt (UK government bonds) and UK commercial bond prices have increased. Many commentators have said the flight to government debt is a response to stock market uncertainty, ...
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How to calculate PE ratios for indices such as DJIA?

I want to record Dow Jones Industrial Average's PE. Yahoo Finance gives N/A [1]: >>> import y_finance >>> print y_finance.get_price_earnings_ratio('^DJI') N/A So: How to ...
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Can I actually get a share of stock issued with a piece of paper anymore?

I have only ever bought one stock, and I did it on a whim ($100 whim) online. I know my broker mails me a small phone book when I pick new funds for my IRAs, but I honestly don't remember getting ...
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As co-founder, does Steve Jobs still own enough Apple shares to control Apple Inc.?

Steve Jobs is one of the Apple Co-founders, and as such I think he probably owns a good number of Apple's shares. However based in his Net worth: $5.5 billion (2010) (via Wikipedia) and the total ...
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How to map stock ticker symbols to ISIN (International Securities Identification Number)?

How can I can convert ticker symbols (which include information on the exchange) to an International Securities Identification Number (ISIN) (which contains no information on the exchange)? Also I am ...
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Where to find really good articles on stocks and general trading information? [closed]

Apart from this website, are there any other websites out there that are focused on trading and investing?. I am looking for a website where I can find articles etc on trading and investment - say ...
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Historical stock prices: Where to find free / low cost data for offline analysis? [closed]

I am looking for a free way to get a large amount of data on the prices of stocks. I am not a trader or anything like that so it wouldn't be worth it to pay for a service to give me stock prices. I ...
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How do I get into investing in stocks?

How do I get into investing in stocks?
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As someone living in Portugal, how would I buy a stock listed on a Japanese exchange?

I want to support a gaming company (Square Enix) by buying their stock. From what I've seen, my bank only uses major European and international stock exchanges, and from my searches, Square Enix ...
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How do I know if a dividend stock is "safe" and not a "dividend yield trap"?

e.g. (NYSE:CIM) or (NYSE:AEE) both have high yields, but what are warning signs that these might be dividend yield traps?
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Should I wait to sell a stock (at a loss) that I have held for less than a year?

I currently hold some shares of a stock that I don't expect to regain much value. I bought this (at a higher price) about 8 months ago. My limited understanding of the way capital gains taxes work ...
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What's a good way to find someone locally to help me with my investments?

I inherited a stock portfolio from my grandparents, and it has been sitting at the investment house where it was when I got it. I want to move this portfolio somewhere where the fees are lower and ...
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How do people/companies buy/sell very large amounts of stock?

I use Sharebuilder for buying and selling stock. Since I'm still only starting out, I don't have a lot in there (no more than a couple thousand), and my purchases have never been for more than a ...
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What percentage of my stock portfolio should be international (non-US) stocks?

I recently read that, based on capitalization, US stocks no longer make up the majority and that to be diversified would mean to hold 50% or more in non-US stocks. Is this good advice?
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Can I take money from my employee stock and put it towards another stock?

Can I take money from my employee stock and put it towards another stock?
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When a stock price rises, does the company get more money?

When a stock price rises, does the company get more money?
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Married, 55, grown kids: Should I buy life insurance, or invest in stocks? The ultimate decision

Presently I am a married 55 year old man married with two grown kids. One of my term life insurance policies expires soon and they have offered me a policy that will never increase in price for the ...
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Can warrants to buy stock contain conditions or stipulations other than price?

Can warrants to buy stock contain conditions or stipulations other than price?
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How to calculate the rate of return on selling a stock?

How to calculate the rate of return on selling a stock?
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Are non-residents or foreigners permitted to buy or own shares of UK companies?

Is it legal to hold shares in the UK if you are not a UK resident? I presume it is ... after all governments are going to want you to do this as it's a revenue stream for them right? Thanks.
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May 6, 2010 stock market decline/plunge: Why did it drop 9% in a few minutes?

Today (5/6/2010) the market dropped almost 900 points in less than an hour. I don't see any news story that explains the drop. Am I missing something obvious?
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When to sell a stock?

What do you look for in a stock that makes you say "I'm done with this, let me take profits and go somewhere else"?
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Is it a good investment strategy to go long on "boring" companies (AT&T for example) and keep them around just because of their dividends?

Is it a good investment strategy to go long on "boring" companies (AT&T for example) and keep them around just because of their dividends or would it be better to trade more frequently companies ...
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What typically happens to unvested stock during an acquisition?

I work for a publicly traded company that was acquired by another publicly traded company. I also own shares of "restricted stock units" for my company. All of my shares are scheduled to vest far ...
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Why does demand for stock rise when a company appears to have high future value?

So a company decides to raise money by selling shares of its stock. The stock is offered at an initial price of their determination. The stock is then traded in a market where forces of supply and ...
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Is it wise to invest money in the stock market?

My uncle wants me to invest money in buying shares. I would like to ask these questions to my fellow users: Is it wise to invest money in the stock market? Is there any age limit to start into stock ...
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What other investing strategies exists apart from tracking an index?

I heard that the cheapest and best way to invest is to track an index - buy an index fund. This is good, because the costs are cheaper than other funds and it provides better returns than most ...
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What services do you use to research European stock markets?

I would like to know what are the best services to research stocks on the different European stock markets, I would like to cover all EU member states, if possible.
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What does pink-sheet mean related to stocks?

I see the term pink-sheet mentioned a lot in context of stocks. What does it mean?
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Can someone explain a stock's "bid" vs. "ask" price relative to "current" price?

In my online brokerage account, I want to buy a particular stock and I see the following: Bid: 13.20 x200 Ask: 13.27 x1,000 the current stock price is 13.22. Can someone explain what ...
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What does CAGR mean when it is used in relation to a company stock?

I saw this abbreviation CAGR related to stocks and financial statements and I am not sure what it is. Can you please explain it to me?
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Good at investing - how to turn this into a job?

I'm 34 years old. Twelve years ago, I got a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, and have been working as a computer programmer more-or-less continuously since then. I also have been investing in ...
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Shares: are they really only for the rich/investors?

I've always been under the impression that if you want to be a player in the "shares game" you either have to be an full time investor, or someone who has a lot of money to play with. Is ...
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What is the PEG ratio? How is the PEG ratio calculated? How is the PEG ratio useful for stock investing?

What is the PEG ratio? How is the PEG ratio calculated? How is the PEG ratio useful for stock investing? Are higher or lower PEG values better for a stock - and why?
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How can put options be used to buy shares at a lower price?

How to use puts, if you are a net buyer of stocks? I read an article about Warren Buffett buying Burlington Northern stocks and how he used puts to lower the buying price of the shares. Please, ...
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What is the meaning of "short selling" or "going short" a stock?

Can someone please explain the meaning of 'shorting' a stock with an example?
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Which U.S. online discount broker is the best value for money? [closed]

Which U.S. online discount broker is the best value for money? Lower prices preferred, but I also like to be able to reach somebody by phone when help is needed. 24 hours not required, but after ...
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What are "preferred" stocks? How are they different from normal (common) stocks?

What are "preferred" stocks? How are they different from normal (common) stocks that you can buy on a stock exchange?
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What is a stock warrant? How do warrants work?

What is a stock warrant? How do warrants work? I've been told they are similar to options; how? Then why not just call them options - what makes them different?
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What is the p/e ratio?

What is the p/e ratio and how do I find it for a company?
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Why does a company pay dividends at all?

If a company can lower the dividends and even stop paying them at all during hard times, why would they re-install them at all? If I understand correctly a company pays dividends so that investors ...
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Is it better for a public company to increase its dividends, or institute a share buyback?

When a company is profitable and generating substantial positive cash flow, is it better from the company's perspective to have a dividend increase, or institute a share repurchasing program? From an ...
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Online tutorials for calculating DCF (Discounted Cash Flow)?

What is the best online tutorial to learn calculating DCF (Discounted Cash Flow) for a stock?
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What does Chapter 11 Bankruptcy mean to an investor holding shares of a Chapter 11 Company?

If I currently have shares in a company that has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection what impact does this have on me? Does this mean the shares stop trading? If the company successfully ...