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Ahead of Wall Street

Friday September 2, 2016

(This is Brian Hamilton filling in for Mark Vickery while he is on vacation)

Stock futures inched forward today, as all eyes will be on this morning s unemployment rate, and nonfarm payrolls data. The unemployment rate is expected to drop to 4.8% from 4.9%, and is seen as the last major hurdle for the Feds before they decide to raise rates or not during their September meeting.

Oil prices shot up overnight as Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that he would like for Russia and OPEC to make a deal regarding a production cap. President Putin went on to say that he would likely support a plan to crimp production at the G20 summit in China next week. Lastly, Putin said that Russia is prepared to sell a 19.5% stake in Rosneft PJSC, the country s largest listed oil producer, as early as the end of 2016.

In Europe, producer prices in the euro region rose by +0.1%, the lowest monthly reading since April. Also, the European Union started their two day meetings today; the major issues being discussed are the fallout from the Brexit, and global banks attempting to preserve their access to the single market.

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10 Best Stock Market Investment News, Analysis – Research Sites #loans #to

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10 Best Stock Market Investment News, Analysis Research Sites

Ah, investing a word that can strike fear into the hearts of even the most burly and masculine of men. A subject with such a broad and potentially confusing scope of choices, it can bewilder even the most savvy of businessmen.

Even though I consider myself well-versed in general investment information, there is a world of knowledge, terminology, and strategy that is just beyond my comprehension, and will likely always be.

So where should I, the layman, turn to when I seek competent and comprehensive stock market investment research and analysis ?

Top 10 Stock Market Investment Research Websites

Keep in mind that the main focus of these sites, above all else, is equities. So if you are looking to research ETFs. mutual funds. hedge funds, or any other diversified investment type. many of these websites may not have what you are looking for.

1. Investopedia
If you are just beginning to learn about the world of investments, Investopedia is your one-stop shop for anything and everything. Here, you can look up definitions of terms, register for newsletters with valuable information, use their stock simulator to see how much an investment earns or loses over time, and much more. You can research stocks by company name or ticker symbol and get quite a bit of information about a desired company. They also have a neat Financial Edge section, which can help you with some of the important fundamental principles of personal finance and the markets.

2. Yahoo! Finance
As much as I would like to skip this one over for some of the lesser-known research portals, Yahoo! Finance is just too good. Aside from the myriad of company reports, which you are required to pay for, all of the information at Yahoo finance is free for the taking.

3. Motley Fool
Don t let the name bother you these guys are all business. Whether you are looking to do your own research, or prefer the advice of a seasoned veteran, The Motley Fool has it all. I tend to prefer to follow my own (sometimes idiotic) investment decisions, but if you need help, or want to see what the experts recommend, there are pay services at Motley Fool that may be a good option for you. I have not used them myself, but the few people that I know who have followed their advice have had nothing but positive things to say, and a good amount of success to boot.

4. The Street
If you pay any attention to the world of investing. you know the name Jim Cramer. Personally, I think he is little more than a caricature, but some people swear by him. Mr. Cramer is one of the big name contributors at The Street. That not withstanding, The Street is, in my humble opinion, the best website for investing related articles. The writers have vast knowledge and fantastic insight, without losing focus on what is important the investors for whom they write.

5. Wall Street Journal
For decades, the Wall Street Journal newspaper has been a staple for information and research for investors. Although most of us have done away with the daily black and white delivery method, the Wall Street Journal online delivers even more valuable information than its nearly obsolete predecessor. Nowadays, the Journal s online presence includes The Wall Street Journal. MarketWatch. Barron s. and SmartMoney. among others. All of these sites are valuable resources for investing information, especially when seeking out company-specific news.

6. MSN Money
Microsoft tends to be a pretty self-serving company, at least in my opinion. Even so, once you learn to glance over all of the Microsoft related news at MSN Money, what you get is another fantastic avenue for portfolio boosting. The one complaint I have with MSN Money is the formatting. When looking at stock quotes, there are no lines distinguishing ads from news or charts, which occasionally will take you off-course by clicking an advertisement by mistake.

7. Zacks Investment Research
Zack s does require a membership in order to get to the juicy stuff, but the membership is free and well worth the three minutes it takes to sign up. Here, you will be able to do in-depth research on both stocks and funds. You will also have access to many public and independent reports that will assist you on your quest for the perfect personal investment portfolio .

8. Investor Guide
Investor Guide has many of the same features you ll notice on other sites on this list, so why does it make my top ten? The stock helper tool. First, this tool helps you to determine an optimal investing strategy and style. Then, it provides a list of companies for you to research. Once your list is complete, you will see what others think of each company on your research list. Investor Guide does a great job of aggregating this information from many different sites for you. You will then evaluate the company s competition, decide what to buy, and reap the benefits.

9. Seeking Alpha
Seeking Alpha is amazing. My one complaint is that there is actually too much information packed into one page, which at times can make it difficult to navigate. If it weren t for the massive amount of content on Seeking Alpha, it would be much higher on this list. Company news is the main focus of the site, so if you have a list of companies to research, this is a pretty good place to start.

10. Online Brokerages
Personally, my account has been housed at Sharebuilder for years now, and their research tools are very good. In the beginning, they had a clumsy interface that was slow and filled with glitches. Since then, they have done an amazing job of streamlining and improving content to the point of near perfection. No matter who you invest with online, be sure to use their research tools, as most of them have easy to use interfaces with plenty of information to sort through. Some of the more popular online stock brokers include E*TRADE. TradeKing. Scottrade. and OptionsHouse .

Final Word

When you are looking to conduct your own investment research, closely monitor where you go online. It is very easy to end up on hot stock pick sites, penny stock investing sites, or poorly executed attempts at legitimacy. Many of these sites are fronts for someone to sell you their foolproof system or something similar. Everything I have provided above is free of charge, though a few of them offer paid services above and beyond what most of us need.

Do you have a preferred investment research site? Tell us about them and what features you like most in the comments below.

You are looking at Matthew Breed. He is a 30 year old sports nerd who lives in North Florida with his fiancee, Sarah. Originally in school for a Business degree that did not work out due to capricious youth and irresponsibility, he is currently “getting past” his Peter Pan syndrome and attends classes for a degree in Information Technology while working full time. His care for personal finance stems from a modest upbringing with fiscally responsible parents who highly value education and frown upon frivolity.

heyyy . Nice post you have been shared here. I would like to look forward to the next post. Thanks for sharing .will be waiting for the next post. It helps me a lot.

There s just so much tripe on Seeking Alpha that I ve stopped going there. Anyone can be a self-appointed expert on the site and there is a lot of pumping that goes on in the guise of analysis. Don t know how you can separate the wheat from the chaff.

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Hi, some great sites. Google’s Finance can also be included. Thoughts?

I honestly can t imagine how you consider SeekingAlpha to be an informational site. Journalistically bankrupt. Opinions, not facts. The same useless opinions cycled over and over. Surely you can do better?

None of your business

Would the author of this site mind putting a DATE on his article? Or is not putting a date on it a sleazy way of milking more hits out of the page?

I agree. Investopedia is a great resource for learning stock trading.

Best online analysis is in INVESTOOLS at TD Ameritrade. They are now Number 1 in the industry.

Stock Rover is a great tool for individual investors, all the data in one dashboard. And its free! Premium version isnt too expensive either

As FatMan points out below, Seeking Alpha is garbage. Ask any CFA level analyst and you will get the same response. So much of it is agenda driven content/amateur hour content.



The bond market looks like a classic bubble – Business Insider #business

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The bond market looks like a ‘classic bubble’

Bond yields are low. Historically low.

Yields on government bonds in the US, Europe, Japan, and beyond are at seriously depressed levels. Even corporate bonds are reaching multi-decade lows as more investors pour into the asset class.

While the serious flows into these debt instruments continue seemingly unabated, Scott Colyer, CEO and CIO at Advisors Asset Management thinks that the continued support for the asset makes no sense.

“Bond prices are the highest they’ve ever been, yields are the lowest they’ve ever been and we go back to 1776,” said Colyer. “This is such an anomaly it’s not even funny.”

Remember that the price of bonds increases as the yield decreases, so the cost of these notes is getting only more expensive. To Colyer, this increase looks like a bubble and smells like a bubble, meaning that it most likely is.

“We have record demand for an asset class in a time period where the expected future return for that asset are the lowest they’ve ever been in history,” said Colyer. “That to me defines a classic bubble. Money is being forced into an asset class not because of value, but because there is a perception of protection there.”

The idea is that investors and central banks are pushing the price of bonds upward unnaturally, so that might be a problem.

Colyer said that just because there is a bubble, it doesn’t mean that it has to pop. The biggest danger, according to Colyer, is the Federal Reserve raising interest rates too fast, which the central bank is trying not to do.

“That’s why the Fed is trying to let the air out of the balloon as slowly as possible, and you get all of the jawboning over the ‘slow path of rates,'” said Colyer.

To be fair, much of the demand for bonds — especially outside of the US — is being driven by central banks, and that may affect the settlement of the issue.

Colyer has some advice for investors, though it was not very self-serving.

“You should sell everything you have that’s related to bonds, and I’m a bond guy,” he said.

SEE ALSO: Everyone should stop acting like the world is going to end

The bond market looks like a ‘classic bubble’



Today stock market #insurance #for #business


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Trade Summary

The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has 295 companies representing 20 business sectors as at 18th August 2016, with a Market Capitalization of Rs. 2,810.49 Bn.

Public Companies incorporated under the Companies Act No.7 of 2007 or any other statutory corporation, incorporated or established under the laws of Sri Lanka or established under the laws of any other state (subject to Exchange Control approval) are eligible to seek a listing on the Colombo Stock Exchange to raise Debt or Equity. Companies desiring to be admitted to the official list of the Exchange and to secure a listing of their securities will be required to comply with the relevant provisions of the above act and the Securities Exchange Commission Act No.36 of 1987 (as amended) and the Listing Rules of the Exchange.

Please note that the securities highlighted in yellow colour in the list below are on the Default Board.

Daily Share Trading Statistics (Detailed) Market Statistics as of 04 Sep 2016, 12:41:32 AM

Previous Close (Rs.)

**Last Traded Price (Rs.)

** If the market status is ‘CLOSED’, this column shows ‘Volume Weighted Average Price’.



4 Ways To Predict Market Performance #best #business #to #start


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4 Ways To Predict Market Performance

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There are two prices that are critical for any investor to know: the current price of the investment he or she owns, or plans to own, and its future selling price. Despite this, investors are constantly reviewing past pricing history and using it to influence their future investment decisions. Some investors won’t buy a stock or index that has risen too sharply, because they assume that it’s due for a correction, while other investors avoid a falling stock, because they fear that it will continue to deteriorate.

Does academic evidence support these types of predictions, based on recent pricing? In this article, we’ll look at four different views of the market and learn more about the associated academic research that supports each view. The conclusions will help you better understand how the market functions, and perhaps eliminate some of your own biases.

Momentum
“Don’t fight the tape.” This widely quoted piece of stock market wisdom warns investors not to get in the way of market trends. The assumption is that the best bet about market movements is that they will continue in the same direction. This concept has is roots in behavioral finance. With so many stocks to choose from, why would investors keep their money in a stock that’s falling, as opposed to one that’s climbing? It’s classic fear and greed. (For more insight, see the Behavioral Finance tutorial.)

Studies have found that mutual fund inflows are positively correlated with market returns. Momentum plays a part in the decision to invest and when more people invest, the market goes up, encouraging even more people to buy. It’s a positive feedback loop.

A 1993 study by Narasimhan Jagadeesh and Sheridan Titman, “Returns to Buying Winners and Selling Losers,” suggests that individual stocks have momentum. They found that stocks that have performed well during the past few months, are more likely to continue their outperformance next month. The inverse also applies; stocks that have performed poorly, are more likely to continue their poor performance.

However, this study only looked ahead a single month. Over longer periods, the momentum effect appears to reverse. According to a 1985 study by Werner DeBondt and Richard Thaler, “Does the Stock Market Overreact?” stocks that have performed well in the past three to five years are more likely to underperform the market in the next three to five years and vice versa. This suggests that something else is going on: mean reversion .

Mean Reversion
Experienced investors who have seen many market ups and downs, often take the view that the market will even out, over time. Historically high market prices often discourage these investors from investing, while historically low prices may represent an opportunity.

The tendency of a variable, such as a stock price, to converge on an average value over time is called mean reversion. The phenomenon has been found in several economic indicators. including exchange rates. gross domestic product (GDP) growth, interest rates and unemployment. Mean reversion may also be responsible for business cycles. (For more insight, check out Economic Indicators To Know and Economic Indicators For The Do-It-Yoursel Investor .)

The research is still inconclusive about whether stock prices revert to the mean. Some studies show mean reversion in some data sets over some periods, but many others do not. For example, in 2000, Ronald Balvers, Yangru Wu and Erik Gilliland found some evidence of mean reversion over long investment horizons. in the relative stock index prices of 18 countries, which they described in the “Journal of Finance.”

However, even they weren’t completely convinced, as they wrote in their study, “A serious obstacle in detecting mean reversion is the absence of reliable long-term series, especially because mean-reversion, if it exists, is thought to be slow and can only be picked up over long horizons.”

Given that academia has access to at least 80 years of stock market research. this suggests that if the market does have a tendency to mean revert, it is a phenomenon that happens slowly and almost imperceptibly, over many years or even decades.

Martingales
Another possibility is that past returns just don’t matter. In 1965, Paul Samuelson studied market returns and found that past pricing trends had no effect on future prices and reasoned that in an efficient market. there should be no such effect. His conclusion was that market prices are martingales. (To read more, see Working Through The Efficient Market Hypothesis .)

A martingale is a mathematical series in which the best prediction for the next number is the current number. The concept is used in probability theory, to estimate the results of random motion. For example, suppose that you have $50 and bet it all on a coin toss. How much money will you have after the toss? You may have $100 or you may have $0 after the toss, but statistically the best prediction is $50; your original starting position. The prediction of your fortunes after the toss is a martingale. (To learn how this applies to trading, see Forex Trading The Martingale Way .)

In stock option pricing, stock market returns could be assumed to be martingales. According to this theory, the valuation of the option does not depend on the past pricing trend, or on any estimate of future price trends. The current price and the estimated volatility are the only stock-specific inputs.

A martingale in which the next number is more likely to be higher, is known as a sub-martingale. In popular literature, this motion is known as a random walk with upward drift. This description is consistent with the more than 80 years of stock market pricing history. Despite many short-term reversals. the overall trend has been consistently higher. (To learn more about random walk, read Financial Concepts: Random Walk .)

If stock returns are essentially random, the best prediction for tomorrow’s market price is simply today’s price, plus a very small increase. Rather than focusing on past trends and looking for possible momentum or mean reversion, investors should instead concentrate on managing the risk inherent in their volatile investments.

The Search for Value
Value investors purchase stock cheaply and expect to be rewarded later. Their hope is that an inefficient market has underpriced the stock, but that the price will adjust over time. The question is does this happen and why would an inefficient market make this adjustment?

Research suggests that this mispricing and readjustment consistently happens, although it presents very little evidence for why it happens.

In 1964, Gene Fama and Ken French studied decades of stock market history and developed the three-factor model to explain stock market prices. The most significant factor in explaining future price returns was valuation, as measured by the price-to-book ratio. Stocks with low price-to-book ratios delivered significantly better returns than other stocks. (To read more about this ratio, see Value By The Book .)

Valuation ratios tend to move in the same direction and in 1977, Sanjoy Basu found similar results for stocks with low price-earnings (P/E) ratios. Since then, the same effect has been found in many other studies across dozens of markets. (For more on this, check out Understanding The P/E Ratio .)

However, studies have not explained why the market is consistently mispricing these “value” stocks and then adjusting later. The only conclusion that could be drawn is that these stocks have extra risk, for which investors demand additional compensation. (To learn more about this phenomenon, read The Equity-Risk Premium: More Risk For Higher Returns and Calculating The Equity Risk Premium .)

Price is the driver of the valuation ratios, therefore, the findings do support the idea of a mean-reverting stock market. As prices climb, the valuation ratios get higher and, as a result, future predicted returns are lower. However, the market P/E ratio has fluctuated widely over time and has never been a consistent buy or sell signal .

The Bottom Line
Even after decades of study by the brightest minds in finance, there are no solid answers. The only conclusion that can be drawn is that there may be some momentum effects, in the short term. and a weak mean reversion effect, in the long term.

The current price is a key component of valuation ratios such as P/B and P/E, that have been shown to have some predictive power on the future returns of a stock. However, these ratios should not be viewed as specific buy and sell signals, just factors that have been shown to play a role in increasing or reducing the expected long-term return.



How to Market a Home Party Business: 6 Steps #starting #own #business


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How to Market a Home Party Business

Start with your friends and family.

  • Nobody can help you market yourself and your business better than those that know you the best. Let your friends and family know you are looking for hosts and hostesses for your business and let word-of-mouth take its course.
  • Ask your friends and family to host your first parties to get the ball rolling. They can benefit from the hostess rewards and you can get valuable experience at the same time. You also may be able to get some of their guests to book future parties.

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Befriend local business owners.

  • Not only can they pass on your information to their customers, but they also may let you post fliers or set out your business card in their place of business. Consider offering them a free product or service in return for use of their already established client base.
  • Be sure to select businesses that appeal to the same type of clients that would be interested in your home party business.

Connect with potential clients through social networking.

  • Social networking has spread beyond the traditional networking happy hour after work. Social networking can now be done online. There are many web sites through which you can connect with old friends who can be the source for a wider client base. These web sites can also lead to whole networks of people with specific interests in your niche.

Combine your efforts.

  • Join forces with other in-home party consultants to throw a one-stop-shopping party. Clients who may come with an interest in another home business may end up finding an interest in your party business. Choosing businesses that are different, yet, that compliment each other can make for a very interesting mix of customers.

Use your mailing options.

  • Electronic mail (e-mail) can cover quite a large territory. Distribute e-mails detailing the hostess special for a month along with an attached flier of the benefits of being a host. Send the note to your whole address book and ask recipients to forward it on to anyone they think might be interested. This is a cheap and quick way to market your home party business.
  • Although regular mail costs a little more, it appeals to a different set of people. Many of these potential clients that are not computer savvy, so a flier in their mailboxes is more likely to do the trick. If you have the time, you can hand-deliver the fliers.

Offer incentives.

  • Create your own incentive plan beyond the company’s offerings. Even if you just throw in an extra lipstick or a small food storage container, it gives your clients a great incentive to want to spread the word of your private party business.

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Indian Stock Market News, Equity Market and Sensex Today in India #stocks

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Markets Finish Flat

The Indian markets had a rather volatile trading session today as the indices oscillated to either side of yesterday’s close. At the closing bell, the BSE Sensex stood lower by 29 points, while the NSE Nifty finished down by 12 points. The S
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The Railways need to evaluate whether it should continue to have 125 hospitals, 600 polyclinics and 100 schools directly under its wing, he said.

Outgoing RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan today rejected the idea of the government taking a special dividend from the central bank for recapitalisation of public sector lenders, saying there is no free lunch .

India and Vietnam today called for a reform of the UN and an expansion of the Security Council in both the permanent and non-permanent categories of membership, with enhanced representation from developing countries.

Country s largest two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp plans to launch 15 new products in domestic as well as international markets this fiscal, a top company official said today.

Find the Jeep pricing absurd? Here s the reason and why it isn t necessarily bad

New Jaguar sets record as fastest selling car for Tata Jaguar Land Rover

Stable regulatory framework important for investment in auto sector

The system, which would utilise the same machine learning technology used in Microsoft s artificial intelligence (AI) assistant Cortana, is designed to have a long lifecycle.

Samsung announces swap for Galaxy Note 7 with Galaxy S7 variants

Xiaomi Mi Max: Phablet with long-lasting battery for heavy users

From UrbanClap to OTJ247, take to tech to slay the chores and really enjoy the festive season

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched the Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana (BKRY) and inaugurated 1,000 anganwadi buildings here as part of the celebration marking birth centenary of legendary Biju Patnaik.

The extraordinary life of Mother Teresa, who worked relentlessly for the upliftment of the destitute and who will be declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church, must be brought alive on the silver screen, says India s acclaimed veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal.



Stock Market Reporting – Complete Guide To Corporate Finance #online #business #opportunities


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Stock Market Reporting

One of the primary tools for reporting stock market activity is the ticker tape. You’ve seen them on business programs or financial news networks: a flashing series of baffling letters, arrows and numbers scrolling along the bottom of your TV screen. (For a short history of the letters, read The Evolution Of Ticker Symbols and Wall Street History: Windows 1.0 And Ticker- Tape Parades .)

While many people simply block out the ticker tape. others use it to stay on top of market sentiment and track the activity of certain stocks. But what exactly is that cryptic script reeling by? It obviously tells us something about stocks and the markets, but how does one understand the ticker tape and use it to his or her advantage?

Brief History
Firstly, a tick is any movement, up or down, however small, in the price of a security. Hence, a ticker tape automatically records each transaction that occurs on the exchange floor, including trading volume. onto a narrow strip of paper, or tape.

The first ticker tape was developed in 1867, following the advent of the telegraph machine, which allowed for information to be printed in easy-to-read scripts. During the late 19 th century, most brokers who traded at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) kept an office near it to ensure they were getting a steady supply of the tape and thus the most recent transaction figures of stocks. These latest quotes were delivered by messengers, or “pad shovers,” who ran a circuit between the trading floor and brokers’ offices. The shorter the distance between the trading floor and the brokerage, the more up-to-date the quotes were.

Ticker-tape machines introduced in 1930 and 1964 were twice as fast as their predecessors, but they still had about a 15-20 minute delay between the time of a transaction and the time it was recorded. It wasn’t until 1996 that a real-time electronic ticker was launched. It is these up-to-the-minute transaction figures – namely price and volume – that we see today on TV news shows, financial wires and websites. And while the actual tape has been done away with, it has retained the name. (See How Has The Stock Market C hanged? to learn more about the evolution of trading.)

Due to the nature of the markets, investors from all corners of the globe are trading a variety of stocks in different lots and blocks at any given time. Therefore what you see one minute on a ticker could change the next, particularly for those stocks with high trading volume, and it could be some time before you see your ticker symbol appear again with the latest trading activity.

Reading the Ticker Tape
Here’s an example of a quote shown on a typical ticker tape:

Throughout the trading day, these quotes will continually scroll across the screen of financial channels or wires, showing current, or slightly delayed, data. In most cases the ticker will quote only stocks of one exchange, but it is common to see the numbers of two exchanges scrolling across the screen.

You can tell where a stock trades by looking at the number of letters in the stock symbol. If the symbol has three letters, the stock likely trades on the NYSE or American Stock Exchange (AMEX). A four-letter symbol indicates the stock likely trades on the Nasdaq. Some Nasdaq stocks have five letters, which usually means the stock is foreign. This is designated by an ‘F’ or ‘Y’ at the end of the stock symbol. To learn more, see Why do some stock symbols have three letters while others have four?

On many tickers, colors are also used to indicate how the stock is trading. Here is the color scheme most TV networks use:

Green indicates the stock is trading higher than the previous day\’s close.
Red indicates the stock is trading lower than the previous day\’s close.
Blue or white means the stock is unchanged from the previous closing price.

Before 2001, stocks were quoted as a fraction, but with the emergence of decimalization all stocks on the NYSE and Nasdaq trade as decimals. The advantage to investors and traders is that decimalization allows investors to enter orders to the penny (as opposed to fractions like 1/16).

Which Quotes Get Priority?
There are literally millions of trades executed on more than 10,000 different stocks each and every day. As you can imagine, it’s impossible to report every single trade on the ticker tape. Quotes are selected according to several factors, including the stocks’ volume, price change, how widely they are held and if there is significant news surrounding the companies.

For example, a stock that trades 10 million shares a day will appear more times on the ticker tape than a small stock that trades 50,000 shares a day. Or if a smaller company not usually featured on the ticker has some ground-breaking news, it will likely be added to the ticker. The only times the quotes are shown in predetermined order are before the trading day starts and after it has finished. At those times, the ticker simply displays the last quote for all stocks in alphabetical order.

Constantly watching a ticker tape is not the best way to stay informed about the markets, but many believe it can provide some insight. Tick indicators are used to easily identify those stocks whose last trade was either an uptick or a downtick. This is used as an indicator of market sentiment for determining the market’s trend.

So next time you’re watching TV or surfing a website with a ticker, you’ll understand what all those numbers and symbols scrolling across your screen really mean. Just remember that it can be near impossible to see the exact price and volume at the precise moment it is being traded. Think of a ticker tape as providing you with a general picture of a stock’s “current” activity.

Stock tables are another source of stock market reporting. Open any financial paper and you will see stock quotes that look something like the image below. In this section, we’ll explain how to make sense of these tables so that you can use the information to your advantage.

Let’s take a look at the stock/quotes table:

Columns 1 2: 52-Week High and Low. These are the highest and lowest prices at which a stock has traded over the past 52 weeks (one year). This typically does not include the previous day’s trading.

Column 3: Company Name and Type of Stock. This column lists the name of the company. If there are no special symbols or letters following the name, it is common stoc k. Different symbols imply different classes of shares. For example, “pf” means the shares are preferred stock.

Column 4: Ticker Symbol. This is the unique alphabetic name which identifies the stock. If you watch financial TV, the ticker tape will quote the latest prices alongside this symbol. If you are looking for stock quotes online, you always search for a company by the ticker symbol. If you don’t know a particular company’s ticker symbol, you can search for it at sites like Investopedia.

Column 5: Dividend Per Share. This indicates the annual dividend payment per share. If this space is blank, the company does not currently pay out dividends.

Column 6: Dividend Yield . This is the percentage return on the dividend. Dividend yield is calculated as annual dividends per share divided by price per share.

Column 7: Price/Earnings Ratio (P/E ratio). This is calculated by dividing the current stock price by earnings per share from the last four quarters. (For more on how to interpret this, see Understand The P/E Ratio .)

Column 8: Trading Volume . This figure shows the total number of shares traded for the day, listed in hundreds. To get the actual number traded, add two zeros to the end of the number listed.

Column 9 10: Day High and Low. This indicates the price range in which the stock has traded throughout the day. In other words, these are the maximum and the minimum prices that people have paid for the stock.

Column 11: Close. The close is the last trading price recorded when the market closed on the day. If the closing price is more than 5% above or below the previous day’s close, the entire listing for that stock is bold-faced. Keep in mind, you are not guaranteed to get this price if you buy the stock the next day because the price is constantly changing, even after the exchange is closed for the day. The close is merely an indicator of past performance and, except in extreme circumstances, it serves as a ballpark of what you should expect to pay.

Column 12: Net Change.
This is the dollar value change in the stock price from the previous day’s closing price. When you hear about a stock being “up for the day,” it means the net change was positive.

Quotes on the Internet
Nowadays, it’s far more convenient for most people to get stock quotes off the internet. This method is superior because most sites update throughout the day and give you more information, news, charting and research.



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