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ConocoPhillips (COP) Is Set To Soar

ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) shares soared nearly 23% in the last three months alone, supported by higher crude oil prices and the company’s cost-cutting strategies. COP...
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Despite Failed Clinical Trial, Upside Potential Remains for Aeterna Zentaris (AEZS)

Aeterna Zentaris Inc (NASDAQ:AEZS) soared today, with its share price jumping 35 cents to hit $2.90 at the market close – more than 13...
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UnitedHealth (UNH) Beats EPS and Revenue Estimates; Stock Finishes Down Modestly

UnitedHealth (NYSE:UNH), the largest U.S. health insurer, reported better than expected fourth-quarter results this morning. The insurance company said it earned $2.11 per share...
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Analysts See Upside in Biogen (BIIB) After Settlement Deal with Forward Pharma (FWP)

This morning, Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:BIIB) and Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ:FWP) announced that they had come to financial agreement regarding their ongoing patent dispute regarding...

Harmony Merger Corp (HRMN): With Access To Public Market Capital, This Company Is Ready...

The advertising technology (ad-tech) industry is a tough industry in which to set yourself apart from the competition. Right now, it's dominated by behemoths...
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Schlumberger (SLB) Is Set to Make a Big Rebound

Schlumberger Ltd (NYSE:SLB) remained profitable throughout the last two years relative to the industry peers, thanks to SLB’s cost effectiveness, innovative technologies and extensive...

PayPal (PYPL) Is a Solid Stock for Value Investors

PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) shares are shining over the last year, as the payment industry is quickly developing, generating boundless opportunities for PayPal. It is a...

Wells Fargo (WFC): The Banking Giant Is a Solid Pick despite Earnings Miss

Wells Fargo’s (NYSE:WFC) revenue and earnings per share for the fourth-quarter missed analysts’ forecast by $840 million and $0.04 per share, respectively. In addition,...

JP Morgan (JPM) Tops Estimates, More Upside Is Ahead in FY2017

JP Morgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) generated an outstanding performance in the final quarter of fiscal 2016. The company easily topped revenue and earnings estimates by...

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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