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Exxon (XOM) Raises Dividend, Likely to Beat Q1 Estimates

Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) announced a dividend increase of 2.7% to $0.77 per share, indicating management’s confidence in their future fundamentals and cash generating potential....

Undervalued IBM Stock Continues To Drop

International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) shares extended the selloff after reporting lower than expected results for the first quarter and seeing their price targets cut...

Boeing’s (BA) Revenue Comes in Light, a Rosy Earnings Outlook Will Move Shares Higher

Boeing (NYSE:BA) declined from its recent high after missing revenue estimates for the first quarter by a wide margin. All of the company’s business...

NuVasive (NUVA) Dips 4% After Posting Solid Q1 Results

NuVasive Inc (NASDAQ:NUVA) is down $3.24, or four percent, in late-afternoon trading today – sitting at $73.70 at the time of writing. The medical...

Caterpillar (CAT) Spikes Over Earnings Beat, Wait for Further Rally

Caterpillar's (NYSE:CAT) stock price rallied more than 7% to the highest level in the past two years after earnings overtook analyst’s expectations, allowing the...

Jefferies Begins Coverage On TG Therapeutics (TGTX) With Buy Rating

TG Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:TGTX) is soaring today, currently up $1.43 – or 14 percent – and selling at $11.82 in late-afternoon trading. The sudden...

Alibaba (BABA) Soars to 52-Week High, But Don’t Sell Just Yet

Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) rallied massively in the last two-quarters, driven by its strong financial numbers, new innovations in the specialty retail industry along with strategic...

Alcoa Stock Takes Off After Topping Expectations

After a strong performance in the final quarter last year, Alcoa (NYSE:AA), a global leader in bauxite, alumina, and aluminum products, reported strong first...

Sluggish International Demand Weighs On Halliburton’s (HAL) Performance

Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL) significantly outperformed its peer group and the industry growth rates in the first quarter, spurred by its innovative oilfield services technologies...

Owning a stock is like owning a part or a share of a company. Before the technological revolution, shareholders would be issued a certificate proclaiming them as an owner of X amount of shares. Today, share ownership is verified digitally and the vast majority of stock trading is done online. Before computers, to sell stock you would have to physically take your certificate and sell it. Today, a few clicks on your computer is all it takes to buy and sell shares. Moreover, many brokers offer relatively inexpensive flat fees to make a trade.

Stocks also come in different types. The most common is the aptly named common stock. This is basic stock in a company with a claim to dividends. When people discuss stocks without mentioning which type, the majority of the time they are taking about common stock.

Going higher up the ladder, one gets to preferred stock. This is a share of ownership in the company with special rights, such as guaranteed dividends, more voting power (depending on the company), and if the company is liquidated, preferred shareholders get paid before common shareholders.

Stocks are very flexible and different companies have various classes of stock that they define. One benefit of earning income on stocks in the United States is the capital gains tax, which may be less than regular income tax.

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