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European Stock Futures Sink as Voters Punish Austerity
European stocks sank as Francois Hollande won the French presidency and Greek voters stripped the ruling coalition of its majority, igniting concern that the region is losing its appetite for austerity. Asian shares and US index futures dropped.

Stock futures sag after Greek, French votes
PARIS (Reuters) - Stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wall Street on Monday, with futures for the S&P 500 down 0.83 percent, Dow Jones futures down 0.76 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures down 0.78 percent at 5:10 am EDT (0910 GMT).

Stock futures fall after French elect Francois Hollande
By Ricardo Lopez Stocks were poised to drop Monday after investors were jolted by Francois Hollande's election as France's first socialist president in nearly two decades. The Standard & Poor's 500 index futures tumbled 1% to 1348.90 in early trading ...

Stock Trading Is Still Falling After '08 Crisis
Even though American stocks have doubled in price in the last three years, investors and traders large and small keep giving the market the cold shoulder. Trading in the United States stock market has not only failed to recover since the 2008 financial ...

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What online stock trading sites allow you to purchase penny stocks? by LilPonderMonster Q: I am starting to think about playing around with penny stock but want to do it online without major trading fees. Any suggestions? And any major sites like TD-Ameritrade, ScottTrade, etc. allow you to do it too?

A: I have bought them on Scottrade.

How to make millions on the stock market? by builtandsexy Q: I have spoke to many people that claim they are millionaires from the stock market without disclosing how they did it. If you have made millions from the stock market please share your tactics here. What stocks would you recommend, what investment company (e-trade, ameritrade, etc)? Do not answer if you haven't made millions in the stock market!

A: Those who made millions had good luck. There are just as many who lost their shirts.

How many shares of stock should the club buy for its investment? by Karen H Q: Investment Club. An investment club bought a bond of an oil corporation for $5000. The bond yields 8% per year. The club now wants to buy shares of stock in a hospital supply company. The stock sells at $20 per share and earns a dividend of $0.50 per share per year. How many shares should the club buy so that its total investments in stocks and bonds yield 5% per year?

A: You would have to invest $5770 in the stock, or 289 shares.

How do I calc. stock basis for stock I sold that was transferred to me from a deceased parent's account? by tbearkrue Q: She passed away in 2004 and the stock was discovered in Jan of 2007. The stock was transferred to me and sold withing a few days of the transfer.

A: Generally, the cost basis of an inherited stock is the market value of the stock on the date of the individuals death. However, since you did not receive it until 3 years later, there may be other factors involved. If is is a significant amount, you may need professional advice.

What is the best online trading stock site to buy penny stocks? by Q: I want to invest in penny stocks and mainstream stocks but some major online brokers dont offer penny stock trading. What do you use / think is the best?

A: scottrade.com is best for both beginners and professionals.

What was the PE of the stock market before and after the stock market crash of 1929? by water_skipper Q: What was the PE of the stock market before and after the stock market crash of 1929? What I'm really wondering, was that stock market really a "bubble" crashing?

A: No, the P/E ratio didn't really collapse - but profits collapsed as well. See http://www.econ.yale.edu/~shiller/data/stock%20data%20annual%201871-2003.htm for historical data.

How do I buy stock and pay the lowest broker fee possible? by Anne R Q: I want to buy stock in a company because of the medical research they are doing. The stock is very inexpensive. I don't have a lot to invest so I don't want to pay a large broker fee. What is the least expensive way to purchase stock?

A: Creat an account with sogoinvest.com I think the first 90 days are free and after that they are as low as 1.50 per trade.

How does one go about selling stock in a new, private corporation ? by JB Q: When forming a new corporation, I want to know how to sell stock of that corporation to raise capital to grow the business. This is possible for a brand new company, right? Or must it be established in order to sell stock? (I'm sure that'd help, but it's not necessity is it?) I know it requires finding private investors to purchase the stock, but primarily what I want to know is how to go about setting things up to do that. I have several ideas for businesses that I want to start, but I don't have the capital to do it. I was thinking I could start a corporation to house these various businesses, and sell stock in said corporation to raise funds for those businesses. Thank you for your time.

A: You hand out Private Placement Offering documents to potential investors. At my company, it was a fairly long legal document and it explained that the investment was for a PPO and not a public company, yada yada yada. I think lawyers and accountants probably know how to draft these. But once it's made, you just make copies and hand them out. Then, if someone decides to invest, you have a book of stock certificates. You make out their certificate for the amount they are investing (how much stock they will own) and you have to do some other paperwork and keep track of all this. When it's tax time, you have to inform the investors if you had a loss or a gain and there are tax forms you have to send out to everyone. Good luck! :)

What do they call the guys that stock the shelves in the grocery stores at night? by Q: What do they call the guys that stock the shelves in the grocery stores? I know some people call them stock boys. But If I put on a job application that I stocked shelves at night and mopped the floor in a grocery store years ago. So what do I put down on the job application to describe my position? Stocker, stock boy, floor mopper? There must be a technical term for the position so what is it?

A: Diser or stock man. You don't have that kind of job,see the link http://www.onlinejobsfree.com/?id=990300

How do you know when a stock is doing good? by Cícero S Q: How do you know when a stock is doing good? For instance on the screen of an iPhone that has the stocks app how can you identify quickly what stocks are doing well? I am just pursuing this investing in stocks thing cause my father used to and since I was a kid I thought that was quite interesting. Now, I wanna some adventure, some excitement day by day. I know I still must learn some more before opening an E Trade or Scottrade account online.

A: When it's going up. If you're a rookie in investing or stocks, go to www.finance.yahoo.com. Open up a portfolio without using real money. You can give yourself as much or as little money to try out the market. The stocks you want to focus on is consumer staples, consumer discretionary, and healthcare. These are DEFENSIVE stocks that will survive through good and bad times. Most of my positions are in these stocks. Some names include 3M, Procter & Gamble, Kimberly Clark, Exxon Mobil, Walmart, Costco. Everybody's got to eat and wipe their butts regardless of the state of economy. Many of these companies survived through the Great Depression. That's the benefits. You can sleep at night knowing your money is doing well. There are NO guarantees that you won't lose money. It's just that these stocks are the best. They pay good dividends too. Then once you're comfortable and test the waters of the market, you can finally put some real money in. Go to Scottrade.com. They're excellent for beginners.

How do I buy stock in a trucking company called Forward Air? by PM Q: Do I have to go through a broker? Can I buy it directly from the company? I have never bought stock before. I have a friend who works at Forward Air, and he thinks they are a good company. I want to get my feet wet in the stock market. Is there a minimum amount I have to spend to buy a stock? Thanks.

A: The stock is public traded on the NASDAQ exchange. You can use a broker or Internet like e-trade or schwab. Stocks are usually sold in multiples of 100 shares. Go to www.forwardair.com and click on "investor relations". Happy Hunting.

Why should a change in their stock price affect a company ? by An Old Priestess Q: If I understand it correctly, a company issues stock and sells it to raise capitol. Once they have sold the stock to the public, and been paid for it, why should any changes to the price of the stock matter to them anymore ? In other words, how could it harm a company if people sell off the stock and the value of it declines a lot ?

A: You asked a thinker's question based on one capital structure model. A typical public C corporation "company," however, is the entire CCC GOMES circle of 8 stakeholders: Customers, Community, Creditors, Goverment, Owners, Managers, Employees, and Suppliers. Shares of stock also can be structured in more than one ownership model and typically include more than what sold to the public shareholders. For example, SEC-approved shares may be held as company treasury (to be sold to generate cash from, or purchased to distribute cash to, shareholders), used as incentives and collaterals to obtain debt financing (preferred stocks and convertible debentures), used as part of incentive and loyalty handcuff for key management and employees (employee stock, or stock options, compensations), sold at discount price as part of employee compensation package (employee stock purchase plans), used to acquire control of other companies, etc... When stock price goes up, therefore, not only the shareholders but also all of the other 7 stakeholders gain. For example, beside the obvious owners, management, and employees, the govement will receive more tax revenue from shareholder capital gain taxes and employee stock option gain taxes. Community would receive more local jobs, more nexus VAT, sales tax, and taxes from supporting local busineses. Suppliers would receive more businesses and their receivables would have higher present value to a factor bank.... Creditors could convert debt to stock at a gain, or could resell the notes at higher prices due to a lower recourse risk level.

Can i replace vegetable stock for chicken stock in the cream of mushroom soup? by gulliver Q: Also can u please tell me how to prepare vegetable stock? Can i put brocilli stalks and other unedible parts of vegetable in a stock?

A: Yes, you can switch the stocks. To make veggie stock simply pile in a bunch of vegetables in a pot (coarsely chopped), cover with water and simmer until the vegetables are limp and the broth looks like stock. You can make a rich stock by roasting the veggies first under the broiler of you oven. Get them nice and brown, then make your stock. Strain all the veggies out and use like any other stock. Good Luck.

What is the difference between a stock and a share? by plip Q: As far as I can understand a stock and a share may have the same meaning. How can they be distinguished from one another when used? How can I understand when a stock means a share or it means all shares equaled to capitalization of a company. How to understand a sentnce - What do you get when you own a stock? What stock is meant here?

A: Ok, basically stocks are grouped together and called stocks because each "stock" is a portion you own of a certain company. The shares are what make up each stock. So say you own five stocks, and each stock you have twenty shares. - Company one = 20 shares - Company two = 20 shares ...etc.

Will my stock tires fit an aftermarket wheel if its the same size? by vandaluz03 Q: Im planning on buying a new set of 15" rims. But the tires on my stock rims are still very good and would save me a lot of money to switch the new rims with just the old tires. But was wondering if they would fit? My stock tire size is 205/65/15. So if i decided to buy aftermarket 15" rims, will any 15" rims fit my old tire? Please help. Thank you.

A: While all 15 inch rims have the same diameter their widths will vary. Just make sure your new rims have the same width as the stock ones and you'll have no problem. You'll want a 15 inch rim that's 7 inches wide. 15X7 inch rims are quite popular so you won't have any trouble finding aftermarket rims that suits your liking.

What is the advantage of preferred stock if the company does not pay dividends? by Q: I know that the differences between common stock and preferred stock is that there are no voting rights with preferred stock and that they get dividends paid to them before common stock owners. However, not all companies must pay dividends, so then what is the advantage?

A: I don't see any advantages either. However, I was not aware that some companies MUST pay dividends (do you have an example?) - I believe that ALL companies have the discretion to either pay or not pay dividends. I've never heard of companies being REQUIRED to pay dividends. However, many companies do pay dividends regularly (whether they can really afford to or not) to attract investors who like stocks that always pay dividends (no matter how small). --------------------- I personally don't put that much emphasis on dividends in my stock purchasing activities.

What happens to my stock if a company goes bankrupt? by Joe K Q: I own stock in a company that is facing bankruptcy. Will I lose my stock if the company is acquired by another company or will I lose my stock if they go bankrupt and do a reorganization settlement/agreement with their creditors?

A: It's called risk. If the company does well, the creditors get only their interest and your stock can double. If it does poorly, your stock get wiped out. This is why we diversify, a bunch of good ones make up for one that goes bust. Actually, you should never lose everything because you should be watching your investments and getting rid of it when it starts to go down. The brokers on Wall Street preach "buy and hope" oops. I mean "buy and hold" because it makes less work for them.

What is the best stock screener for penny stocks? by Okiedokie97 Q: I know what criteria I want to search for, but I'm having trouble finding a good stock screener for .PK and .OB stocks.

A: Its difficult to get good stock screeners for penny stocks because most penny stocks lack meaningful statistical data from which to screen. The stock screener that Yahoo offers on Yahoo Finance is pretty good if you begin your screen with *.ob or *.pk and then maybe filter by industry or current share price or something like that. I'll be honest with you, though, I've done this and sorted by industry and find a very difficult time finding anything worth plunking my money down on.

What is the best stock market simulator to learn about stock trading ? by Q: Hello Could anyone suggest me a good free online stock market simulator which has the ability to trade stocks not only in the U.S.companies but all over the world ?

A: WSS is the webs leading stock market simulator and Virtual trading games poratal. 'real time trading' and a very user friendly site where you can get news, analysis and free tutorials and you can learn all the basics there.

How does the stock of a company help that company after it is initially sold? by Q: How does the stock of a company help that company after it is initially sold? I know that they receive the IPO, but does the company make money from the everyday buying and selling of their stock in one of the stock market exchanges? Thanks!

A: The stockholders own the company, unless it can earn enough to buy its stock back from them.

What happens to stock shareholders own when one company takes over another company? by power_house911 Q: This question has probably been asked before, but if I own shares in one company and another company offers to buy out that company at a certain price per share, what happens to my shares of stock after the sale? Am I stripped of my stock automatically by the takeover company against my will? Do I sell my shares to that company? Or does the value of my stock plummet to $0 if I keep them?

A: The holders of the company being taken over usually get a ratio of shares under the acquisition agreement and perhaps a small cash payment for odd lots of shares. No, if you have, say, a $20 per share stock and IBM at $80 buys your company in a bid of .25 shares of IBM for YOUR Company shares, then you will get 100 IBM shares for each 400 shares of YOUR company. It happens all the time when there is a strong general market. It should, generally, be viewed as good news in the IBM example. Many buyouts today are likely not going to be priced for the acquired company because it is a market in which mergers are being entered just to avoid liquidation bankruptcy.

What happens to stock prices when one company is bought out by another? by Irony Of Poe Q: What has traditionally happened to the stock price of the company being bought out? Does it rise? Or does the buying company purchase all the stock for very little and current stockholders lose their butts like with Bear-Stearns? I'm asking this because I want to know what will happen to National City's (NCC) stock if it gets bought out.

A: You will get what price is offered for the company per share. Typically the purchasing company offers more than the market value, so your shares will increase in value to what is being offered. The Bear Stearns case was a rare exception since companies in financial trouble usually aren't good acquisition cadidates.

How does the stock exchange affect investment banks? by Howdy Q: In every country,the largest investment banks are located in the same city where the stock exchange is located.Why? And how does the stock exchange help investment banks?What advantages do investment banks have by keeping their headquarters close to the stock exchange?

A: It is a business culture. Nothing is complicated. The same like why many airports have airlines offices near by? Good for business in time consuming. It is not wise to locate a business out of its business area because nature of business.

What stock is good to invest in at this moment? by Kyloman Q: We are doing a stock simulation thingy for SS class, and we need to find some good stock to invest in. Anything good? It just needs to have been doing well for a while now. It needs to be with what will make the most money in the least amount of time.

A: POT-Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. is one of the world's largest integrated fertilizer companies, producing potash (56% of 2006 gross profits), nitrogen (31%) and phosphate (13%) products. Annual capacities: potash, 12.9 million tons; phosphate, 2.4 million tons of phosphoric acid; nitrogen, 4.1 million tons of ammonia. Acquired Arcadian, 3/97; White Springs Agr. Chem., 10/95. 2006 depreciation rate: 4.3%. Has approximately 4,871 employees. Capital Research & Management owns 12.0% of stock; Primecap, 9.9%; officers and directors, 1.8% (3/07 proxy). President & CEO: William Doyle. Incorporated: Saskatchewan. Address: Suite 500, 122 First Avenue South, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 7G3, Canada. Telephone: 306-933-8500. Internet: http://www.potashcorp.com MOS-The Mosaic Company, through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, blending, and distribution of crop nutrient and animal feed products. Operates in four segments: Phosphates (52% of net sales in fiscal 2007), Potash (24%), Offshore (22%), and Nitrogen (2%). Has production facilities in the United States, Canada, and strategic investments in Brazil. Serves customers in approximately 45 countries. Has about 7,100 employees. Officers and directors own less than 1% of common stock; Cargill, 64.7% (8/07 Proxy). President and Chief Executive Officer: James T. Prokopanko. Incorporated: Delaware. Address: Atria Corporate Center, Suite E490, 3033 Campus Drive, Plymouth, MN 55441. Telephone: (763) 577-2700. Internet: http://www.mosaicco.com

How exactly are stock obligations wraught in consequence to corporate buyouts/mergers etc.? by nomethinks Q: In other words, if company Y was to buy out company X for price P, how many shares N does it buy of company X? How is this decision reached to by N shares at price P? How can they maintain the buyout agreement stock price P amid the surge of demand volume they induce? That is, if they are planning on buying N amount of stock, how are they able to do this without significantly causing the stock price to increase? Who do they buy it from? the Shareholders and/or insiders?

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What stock will double to quadruple within the next 2 months or sooner? by NewYorkGuy Q: I am in a competition in my class and want to win. You can only buy stocks above a dollar. What stock will double or better in the near future? I am not making any monetary gain off your information, just for recreation. Thank you.

A: Some stocks may double in 2 months, but if there were solid grounds to believe that any would, they would have done so already. Rumors that a stock is about to double could make it happen only rarely. But if any company is severely beaten down right now, it might recover quickly. It is just such stock that could conceivably see double digit increases. But one would have a better prospect if one waited a couple years before betting on it.

What are some stock tips that you guys have? by Joe Q: What are some recomendations on stocks? Also I am looking to buy an energy stock, preferably a solar power one, what are some suggestions there? I am willing to hold on to the stock so what has the best chance for future performance.

A: Don't follow your gut...ever...you will get raped. That is what professional traders do, they figure out what a typical investor would do, and try to produce the opposite. If you are going to swing trade, or hold longer-term positions, just do your homework (it is essential to making the right decision). Your homework includes knowing every piece of news on your stock, analyzing pricing levels, monthly charts, weekly charts, daily charts any other economic news and balance sheets are fake but analyze them as well. The most important thing is to find stock's that follow the trend of the market (Beta = 1). It is easier to estimate which way the market as a whole is going, compared to where an individual stock is headed (in my opinion). If you day-trade, follow the strategy you learned and never deviate. My first day day-trading a few years ago, my first trade, I lost $400. Want to know why? b/c I followed my gut. I said Visa just bounced up and down a dollar real quick & like 3 times, it's going back up, and what happens, it proceeds to sink.

What is the stock’s expected price seven years from today? by sherrie.glenn Q: A stock that currently trades for $40 per share is expected to pay a year-end dividend of $2 per share. The dividend is expected to grow at a constant rate over time. The stock has a beta of 1.2, the risk-free rate is 5%, and the market risk premium is 5%. What is the stock’s expected price seven years from today?

A: Ks=risk free rate+ beta * market premium= 0.05+1.2*0.05=0.11 dividend constrant growth Price or present value P= 40 D1=2 $ per share. P0=D1/(1+g) , g = constant growth g=-0.05(means declining) Price at year 7=Price at year 0*(1+g)power 7 =40*(0.95)pwer 7 = 27.93349 I hope it is correct

How does the stock market of today resemble the stock market of the past? by Ben19999 Q: The way a lot of people paint it, the stock market was just a safe, ol' bird you could get rich on if you stuck your money in there for 40 years. I have only a 5 year history learning about and investing in stocks, but feel like its every day a roller coaster. What was it like in say the 60's, 70's, 80's etc. or before if you were around then?

A: well there are many changes and you can get answers for this from ezine articles.....

What stock will be the next casuality of this credit crisis? by Al Bundy Q: Yesterday, Pilgrim's Pride stock plunged 38%. It isn't a financial company either. Has the ripple effect made its way outside the financial and housing sectors yet? I think so. I wonder when the industrial stocks will take their plunge.

A: I work for PP. Believe me, the problem with the poultry industry is the ever rising cost of corn and soybean. I am all for finding a different source of fuel, but burning our food supply is not the answer. To end the problem we are facing here, we ned to end ethanol production. Sorry environmentalists, it's the facts.

How does the stock market effect the pharmaceuticals industry? by matt q Q: How does the stock market effect the Pharmaceutical Industry? How does the stock market effect the pharmaceuticals industry? Do you think it is moral (lets not get philosophical with the definition of moral) to invest in the companies producing medication, knowing that it could sway the industry itself? Do you think there is a relationship between the stock prices of companies like Pfizer, GSK, and Roche and the timeliness of delivery and effectiveness of the medicines they provide?

A: They impact it and get impacted by it.

How to tell whether the stock is for small or large ring Mauser? by zmneuro Q: I got bunch of new sporter stocks from an estate and want to use them to re-stock some of my rifles. They have already receivers drilled for scope mounts, so no regret for bubaizing :)). I have one Chilean carbine that needs new stock. Is there any way to tell if a stock will fit. I would like to know by measurements, rather than trying each of them on the barrelled action. Thanks!

A: Nice find! I have been collecting old Mausers since my dad got one from Sears back in the 70s and I still get confused by the different action sizes, not just small or large ring. The Chileno is a Small Ring. But get out the calipers and measure the action and screw distance. Large Ring - Mauser's with a Large ring have a thread shank diameter of 1.10" With 12 threads per inch. Across the face of the receiver will measure 1 3/8 . You can also measure the trigger guard screw holes, From center hole to center of other hole should measure about 7 7/8 or 7.830. Small Ring - Mausers with a Small ring have a thread shank diameter of .980" With 12 threads per inch. Across the face of the receiver will measure 1 1/4. You can also measure the trigger guard screw holes, From the center of the holes measure , it should measure about 7 5/8 or 7.625.

What stock website allows you to go back to view a previous day? by Isabelle Q: I have a project for school investigating stocks. We moved to a new house recently and haven't had access to the internet until now. Unfortunately, we need every single day on the chart filled with all the necessary information. Is there a stock website that allows me to view the previous day?

A: www.finance.yahoo has all the info on any stock.

How is stock treated when determining Medicaid assets? by Neonzeus Q: Assume 100 shares of stock, purchased for $1 share many years ago. This stock is now worth $10 share. I understand that the stock will be listed as an asset, but should it be listed as an asset at its actual value, or its value less the taxes that will be payable when its liquidated to pay for nursing home care?

A: It would be your profit minus the taxes.

What makes shorting a stock different than selling it? by Tom V Q: Let's say I have 1,000 shares of a stock priced at $80 a share. If I feel the stock will miss earnings and fall to $50 a share I will sell it before or it could be shorted. If I sell the stock and it falls I can buy it back lower if I want. If they short it and buy it back they profit as well. What is the difference between selling a stock and buying it back or shorting it?

A: If you own the stock, you can still sell it short (this is called “shorting against the box”) and deposit the stock with the brokerage firm, this is a very common practice.. Doing so, there is absolutely no need for margin since your short position is fully covered. When the stock drops in price you have a choice, either deliver the stock that you had owned or buy stock back to cover your short position. By buying it back you establish a new cost basis for your holdings you would average out your cost with the original holdings and the buy back cost. At the same time you would take a profit on the short sale. If you deliver your stock to cover the short, then you may establish a loss (depending on the original cost). It would be best to talk to some on e who knows more about taxes than security processing. JOHN W- You are providing information that is not correct which once again demonstrates that you know nothing about the operations of the securities industry. To short you DO NOT need a margin account, firms have policy on this and many of them want you to have margin but there are no rules that require it. You DO NOT pay interest on the loan from borrowing securities since monies are not taken out of your account. You would only have a margin call if you did not have equity to cover your short position.

What happens to the stock when a big company buys a little company? by Q: Does the little company stock swap for big company stock? Does the big company stock go up? I know of a small company rumored to being purchased soon by a big company. Which one should I buy stock in ahead of time?

A: The shareholders of the smaller company may be offered by the larger company: 1) A certain amount of cash per share (normally higher than the price at which the stock was previously trading at BEFORE the purchase of the company was announced. OR 2) A certain number of shares in the larger company in exchange for a certain number of shares of the smaller company. The stock price of the larger company may actually go down some when the deal is announced.

What is the best stock stock broking website? by Q: I am 15 years old. I have $700 on my american express pass card. I am going for a custodial account, but im wondering about a few things. I plan on using penny stocks.(Yes, I know the danger, but im a very strict investor when it comes to penny stocks. Im wondering what stock broking websites are the cheapest, easiest to use, and pink sheets friendly.

A: Penny stocks are far riskier than other stocks. They are completely inappropriate for the novice investor. Read the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) link below. If you do not fully understand all of these risks, avoid penny stocks. Consider mutual funds until you gain some investing knowledge. Great fund companies include Vanguard and Fidelity. Both offer discount brokerage services. Both have good sites and excellent customer service. Good investment reading that should be in any decent library: One Up On Wall Street - Peter Lynch A Random Walk Down Wall Street - Burton Malkiel The Intelligent Investor - Benjamin Graham

When buying stock in a company is it the current value per share the price you pay when buying it? by enigma84007 Q: When buying stock what is the price you pay for the shares? Is it the current value of the shares? For example, lets say the current value for a stock is $20.00 and I buy 200 shares does that mean I get 200 shares? If so then why does the asking price tend to be higher than the current value of the stock?

A: Current value is usually the value of the last trade. Asking price is usually what you have to pay if you ask for a "market order". That's what people are currently asking to sell their shares. You might want to research "limit orders". That's a type of order where you say "I'll buy 200 shares, but at no more than 20.00 per share". It locks in your cost, but you might not always find a seller.

How to purchase a stock early on its first day of trading? by Q: When stock goes public its pretty hard for the general public to get into the IPO but if you can purchase the stock as early as possible on the first day of trading you should still get a good price. For example recently LNKD shares were sold for $45 but by the time the stock opened shares were already at $80. How can you place an order so as to have purchased that stock before it reached that high?

A: To get new issues, especially "hot" ones It's very simple. Open an account with a major brokerage firm, make sure you have a large amount of investing capital or a margin account with equity in excess of 100,000, be willing to buy all the new issues that are presented to you whether they are good or are known to be bad, have a good track record of not selling new issues as soon as they are open for trading, and you will never sell any new issue back to the selling syndicate. There is no way you can place a buy order in the market place below the selling quoted market and expect to get it executed. .

What is the difference between preferred stock, common stock, and cumulative preferred stock? by Q: What is the difference between preferred stock, common stock, and cumulative preferred stock? What's the difference and what are the advantages of having one over the other one? Thank you.

A: Preferred stock is ranked higher on the creditor's list, so holders will get paid first before common stock holders in the event of a liquidation. They pay regular fixed interest, usually quarterly, but sometimes bi-annually. I believe they have limited voting rights, but am not certain. Preferred stock do not have options, as far as I know. Common stock is the lowest on the totem pole. In a case of bankruptcy and/or liquidation, common stockholders will get little or nothing. the common stock may pay dividends, which may be increased if the company does well. Usually more volatile. Common stock may have options.

How many stocks do you currently own and what are some hot short term and long term stock picks? by JODIE_A. Q: My stock portfolio currently looks like this: 1. Dell 2. Microsoft 3. Bob Evans 4. Suncor Energy *** My hot stock picks would be energy stock. I'm currently waiting for more alternative energy stocks to go public. What's your stock portfolio look like and what are your stock pics both short term and long term? Let's share information for the benefit of all. Thanks!

A: I have positions in over a dozen stock, most (but not all) or which are long. I also have positions in over a dozen stock options, most (but not all) of which are parts of spreads. My hot stock picks would be most likely to be financial companies that have been oversold.

What are a few stocks that are old and have beaten the stock market? by Robert B Q: AT&T is decades old but it's history seems to be to do worse than the stock market. I am interested in knowing one or more stocks that have traditionally beaten the market, especially if they are dividend stocks.

A: IBM, ExxonMobil, Johnson & Johnson and Walmart all come to mind, but even those stocks have had periods where they underperformed the market. Past performance is not necessarily a predictor of future stock performance. You mentioned just one company ATT that is no longer the leader that it once was, but there are several former great companies whose stocks no longer perform as well as the market as a whole.

What stock trading company do you find to be the cheapest, most reliable and easiest to use for beginners? by Sean C Q: I am new to the stock market and before I open an account, I would just like to know your opinions on what stock company you find to be the overall best especially to beginners like myself. Also, what is the difference between stocks and options? Thanks so much!

A: Among the least expensive for beginners is Scottrade.com at $7.00 a stock trade. My personal favorite is Fidelity, but they are more expensive. However, they have top notch stock research, which if you are interested in making money in the stock market is of considerable value.

What's the difference between "restricted stock" and "stock options" from accounting perspective? by qpot Q: A quick search on "stock options" shows that many companies are switching from "stock options" to "restricted stocks" as an employee compansation vechicle. Below is what I learned from my research. It could be wrong though. The sales of "stock options" are usually reported as loss. It reduces the company's tax liability, but also adversely affects the company's profit. From 2006, most companies are required to disclose the impact of the "stock options" sales to the public. My questions, When a company issues "restricted stocks" and the employee sells them, is the proceeding counted as "loss" like "stock options"? Why companies don't switch until recently? Does it have anything do to with the new SEC reporting requirement? Thanks,

A: A stock option gives the employee the option to purchase shares ofthe stock from the company at a predetermined price. Restricted stock are shares of the company that have restrictions placed on them (usually when they can be sold). Companies have switched because starting this year they are required to treat options as an expense. up until this year companies did not have to report options and so they had no effect on earnings. Now, they are treated as an expense, the company has to purchase the shares in order to give sell them to the employee. As options are only excersized if the current pprice is higher than the buy price, this automatically results in a loss for the company. Restricted shares are new shares that are issued by the company and therefore do not cost them anything.

What happens to my stock holdings if the stock goes down or up? by Trent D Q: If the stock goes down, do I just take the hit? Say I had $1000.00 dollars invested in a stock, which was worth 100 dollars a share, say said stock loses 50 dollars, would I lose $500.00 dollars, or would I see my stock shares increase to 20 shares.

A: Your shares of stock would remain the same. You would have a "paper" or "unrealized" loss of $500.00.

What happens to my stock when a company emerges from bankruptcy? by smbisceg Q: I own stock in a company that is getting ready to emerge from bankruptcy, with a new stock symbol. Will my stock be converted into the new stock symbol or stay the old symbol? Will my current stock be worth the same price as newly issued common stock? What will happen to my shares?

A: Kaiser Aluminum and United have just exited bankruptcy. There is a lag time for distributions to the former accounts and you can find it on MarketWatch.com. Kaiser will be distributed on July 28th and then we will find out how many shares of the new company KALU are worth of our old stock KLUCQ. There should be like a 700:1 ratio or so, according to my math. No one knows until the distribution date. What that date is for United, I don't know. But our shares do not just disappear. They are still worth something, don't worry. Your account will be updated on the 28th with the correct amount of shares and proper value. I just wish it were a 1:1 swap! Wouldn't that be nice? Best of luck to you!

Recipe using chicken stock, to take advantage of good homemade stock? by kayjaykay Q: What is a recipe that uses chicken stock, that will take advantage of the flavors of a good homemade stock? In reading discussions of homemade vs store-bought stock, ppl say they use homemade for "delicate" soups and other recipes. For non-delicate recipes such as braises which would overpower the stock, store-bought is fine. So what would be a good "delicate" recipe? Is butternut squash soup "delicate"?

A: Butternut squash soup isn't really delicate, but would probably taste great made with homemade stock. I'd say, make whatever you want with it, homemade will taste better than store bought and its probably better for you. If you really want to taste the stock, make your own chicken noodle soup with big chunks of chicken, carrot, and celery and egg noodles. Also, risotto might be a good use for the home made stuff.

What stocks should i invest in for a stock simulation game that uses real stocks? by Q: My school is doing a stock simulation, the stocks are real and my group wants to win. Any suggestions?

A: Apple!

Stock.................? by armada Q: Can I keep 3 pictus, a bristlenose, and a Senegal bichir in a 55 with 150G filter? It will have sand, driftwood, and lots of live plants and aeration. Also, will juvenile senegal bichirs ("dinosaur eels") eat/taunt adult cories and Kuhlis?

A: Pictus Cats will get too large, and the senegal will not appreciate other fish sharing such a small amount of space. I would go for some sort of barb to fill in the top level of the tank and give the bichir some room. Yes, bichirs will bother cories or kuhlis. They don't like much else hanging out on the bottom with them unless they are in a larger system.

stock!!!!!!!!? by MIZZ.TIP Q: the hamilton brush company issued 2,500 shares of commom stock worth $100,000.00 total.what is the par value of each share? A.25.00 B.40.00 C.400.00 D.250.00

A: Par Value is the selling price orignally asked when a stock is first issued. Assuming that the stock is "worth" the par valueat the time it is issued then the answer is B but par value for a stock doesn't always reflect the worth of a stock. Stocks are bought and sold most of the time at over par although they can be bought under par sometimes. Par Value doesn't change but the worth does. If a company issues 1,000,000 shares of stock at par of $5 they generate $5,000,000 of capital to use for their company. If in the next 5 years the company is growing and investors think the company will continue to grow and pay good dividends they may be willing to pay $10 per share for the stock. The company does not get this money and the Par Value doesn't change. Some of the investors who bought the original shares at $5 may be willing to sell them for $10. They are the ones who make the gain.

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