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Stock Market Terminology

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  1. Where can I find out about upcoming stock splits?

  2. Where did the terms in-the-money and out-of-the-money come from?

  3. Why does delta only range from 1 to -1?

  4. What is the difference between pips, points, and ticks?

  5. How can I protect my investment portfolio from recessions?

  6. How exactly do I use the price to sales ratio to evaluate a stock?

  7. What does it mean to say that a straddle is "delta neutral?"

  8. What causes dividends per share to decrease?

  9. Why are stock buybacks so controversial?

  10. How do spinoffs impact investors in the both the parent and subsidiary companies?

  11. How risky is a covered call?

  12. What qualifies a company as blue chip?

  13. What is the benefit of investing in blue chip stocks?

  14. What are the main differences between Yahoo! Stocks Screener and Google Stock Screener?

  15. What is the Uptick Volume formula and how is it calculated?

  16. How can I invest in credit card companies?

  17. What is the relationship between minority interest discount and fair market value?

  18. How does the price of oil affect the stock market?

  19. Why is the Weighted Alpha important for traders and analysts?

  20. What strategies are used in a redemption mechanism?

  21. Is the average return on small cap companies better than large cap companies?

  22. What does it require for a company to become a blue-chip company?

  23. What are the advantages of a limit order over a market order?

  24. Why is the execution of a limit order not guaranteed?

  25. Why do limit orders cost more than market orders?

  26. Why would a company choose to repurchase in lieu of redeem?

  27. How does the privatization of a publicly traded company work?

  28. What impact does inflation and deflation have on a blue-chip stock value?

  29. Are all multinational corporations also large cap companies?

  30. Is financial spread betting considered an investment?

  31. What's the difference between a capital market and the stock market?

  32. Why doesn't Warren Buffett split Berkshire Hathaway stock?

  33. What is a "pink sheet" in the context of an OTC (over-the-counter) transaction?

  34. How are Runaway Gap patterns interpreted by analysts and traders?

  35. Why did Berkshire Hathaway create Class B shares?

  36. What are the different types of IPO issued?

  37. What are some examples of preferred stock, and why do companies issue it?

  38. Why do companies issue preferred stock?

  39. How do I apply to work in the securities industry?

  40. What is the difference between a company's equity and its shareholders' equity?

  41. What proportion of my overall investments should be in securities?

  42. What are the historical beginnings of the securities industry?

  43. Does all common stock trade on exchanges?

  44. Who trades in primary and secondary capital markets?

  45. Do common stock owners have any protections against bankruptcy or fraud?

  46. What are the signs of a bear market rally?

  47. Why are OTC (over-the-counter) transactions controversial?

  48. What's the difference between bid-ask spread and bid-ask bounce?

  49. How do you trade put options on E*TRADE?

  50. Do you have to be an expert investor to trade put options?

  51. Are put options more difficult to trade than call options?

  52. How do hedge funds use short selling?

  53. Is short selling a form of insurance?

  54. How long can a trader keep a short position?

  55. What are the benefits and drawbacks of owning preferred stock and common stock?

  56. What is the simplest kind of company stock?

  57. When is it beneficial for underwriters to sell stock below the minimum rate?

  58. What is common stock and preferred stock?

  59. Are over-the-counter stocks different from other stocks?

  60. What assets are most risky and what assets are safest?

  61. Are there any pure arm's-length markets?

  62. How do regulators ensure that markets are conducted at arm's length?

  63. What is the difference between a short position and a short sale?

  64. Why would I need to know how many outstanding shares the shareholders have?

  65. Where do funds report their r-squared?

  66. What are some historical examples of the relative strength index (RSI)?

  67. How do quant traders build the relative strength index (RSI) into their algorithms?

  68. Are there any risks involved in trading put options through a traditional broker?

  69. What's the difference between primary and secondary capital markets?

  70. What are the components of shareholders' equity?

  71. What is the difference between the yield of stock and the yield of a bond?

  72. Why are bond yields calculated in terms of basis points?

  73. What is the difference between a company's outstanding shares and its float?

  74. What is the difference between authorized shares and outstanding shares?

  75. What kinds of restrictions does the SEC put on short selling?

  76. What is the difference between yield and dividend?

  77. What telecommunication stocks pay the highest dividends?

  78. What is the difference between market capitalization and equity?

  79. What is the first day of the first quarter?

  80. How do I use the dividend capture strategy?

  81. How do technical analysts interpret the Average Directional Index (ADI)?

  82. What are the differences between dilutive securities and antidilutive securities?

  83. Is the Dow Jones a stock exchange?

  84. Is the Dow Jones a public company?

  85. What do traders' hand signals mean on the trading floor?

  86. What's the difference between a market order and a limit order?

  87. What is the "percentage off the 52-week high or low"? How is this calculated?

  88. How much more will it cost me to buy an odd lot of shares?

  89. What does it mean when financial news reports say that more issues were sold than ...

  90. Why does after-hours trading (AHT) exist?

  91. What is the downtick-uptick rule on the NYSE?

  92. What is an odd-lot buyback?

  93. During what time does after-hours trading (AHT) occur?

  94. What is a stock ticker?

  95. Why are traders on the floor of the exchange?

  96. The “effective date” is defined as:

  97. What does "gather in the stops" mean?

  98. The "effective date" is defined as:

  99. Why are the bid and ask quotes usually so far away from each other in after-hours ...

  100. What do the numbers that follow the bid and ask numbers in stock quotes represent?

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