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FDA Says Schizophrenia Drug From Intra-Cellular (ITCI) Isn’t Toxic To Humans

Intra-Cellular Therapies Inc (NASDAQ:ITCI) is soaring today, after breaking the news that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave it the green light...
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Needham Sees Pacira Pharma (PCRX) Rising 54%

After the market close yesterday, Needham & Company announced to investors that it was initiating coverage on Pacira Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:PCRX) – kicking things...
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TherapeuticsMD (TXMD) Spikes On News Of Manuscript Publication

TherapeuticsMD Inc (NYSEMKT:TXMD) is making some impressive gains today, currently 64 cents, or 11 percent, higher at $6.58 in early-afternoon trading. The surge came...
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Exelixis (EXEL) Sends In Supplemental NDA For Cabometyx

Before the market open this morning, Exelixis Inc (NASDAQ:EXEL) announced that it had finished submitting a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to the US...
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Pluristem Therapeutics (PSTI) Scores Pilot Study With Defense Department

Israel-based biotech Pluristem Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:PSTI) is trading six cents, or 4.9 percent, higher in mid-day trading today – currently sitting at $1.18. The...

Fate Therapeutics (FATE) Spikes on Q2 Performance

Fate Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:FATE) is gaining today, currently up 10 cents at $3.19 in early-afternoon trading – a 3.2 percent jump. The boost arrived...

Here’s Why InfoSonics Corporation (NASDAQ:IFON) Just Became An Interesting Technology Play

If there's a company that holds the top spot for customer loyalty in the technology space it's Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Buyers of Apple's products,...
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Here’s What The CMV Data Means For VBI Vaccines, Inc. – Ordinary Shares (NASDAQ:VBIV)

VBI Vaccines, Inc. - Ordinary Shares (NASDAQ:VBIV) just put out data from an ongoing study of its cytomegalovirus (CMV) asset. The data marks the...

Chiasma (CHMA) Settles Plan For Upcoming Phase 3 Acromegaly Trial

Chiasma Inc (NASDAQ:CHMA) is surging today, with its stock currently up 15 cents at $1.60 – a 10.3 percent boost.The surge came on the...

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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Japanese Foreign Bond Investment Declined ¥453.2 Billion in Latest Week

Capital flows into Japanese stocks bonds rose declined last week, data from the Ministry of Finance revealed Thursday.Foreign bond investment decreased by ¥453.2 billion in the...
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New Zealand Trade Surplus Narrows to $85 Million in July Vs. $200 Million Deficit...

New Zealand’s trade surplus narrowed last month, although the decline was much less than expected, government data showed Thursday.The merchandise trade balance surplus to...
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Dow Jones (DJIA) Futures Backtrack After Biggest Rally in Four Months

The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined on Wednesday, giving back some of the prior session's gains as political uncertainty stoked a broad pullback in...
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S&P 500 Futures Sink as Trump Threatens to Shut Down Government

U.S. stocks traded lower on Wednesday after President Trump warned Congress he would shut down the government if his border wall with Mexico isn't...
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Baltic Dry Index Falls for Second Session, But More Upside Expected

The Baltic Dry Index fell for the second-straight session on Wednesday after finally snapped its impressive losing streak on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the BDI...