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Halliburton (HAL) Stock Offers a Buying Opportunity

Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) share price started tumbling since peaking around $58 a share in the beginning of this year. HAL’s stock price declined nearly 11%...

Consider Oracle (ORCL) Stock Amid Prospects For Further Growth

Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) impressed investors with its strong financial numbers, supported by its innovations and SaaS and PaaS businesses. In addition, the company has...
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Calithera Biosciences (CALA) Hits Milestone with Incyte Corp (INCY) Partnership

Calithera Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CALA) announced this morning that it is entitled to receive a $12 million milestone payment from Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ:INCY) as per...
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Cara Therapeutics (CARA) Spikes on Encouraging Uremic Pruritus Data

Cara Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:CARA) is trading sharply higher today, following the company’s release of positive clinical data regarding its uremic pruritus (UP) product –...

Is Lowe’s (LOW) Stock Creating A Good Selling Opportunity?

Following a selloff in the final quarter of FY2016, Lowe (NYSE:LOW) share price rebounded substantially, surging nearly 14% since the start of this year...
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Consider Buying US Steel (X) After the Latest Selloff

U.S. Steel (NYSE:X) share price continues to decline, due to traders’ concerns over Trump’s infrastructure plans. In addition, the latest selloff was also driven...
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Wall Street is Positive on CytomX (CTMX) Extending Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) Deal

CytomX Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CTMX) is about two percent higher in early-afternoon trading today, a 36-cent boost to $18.15. This morning, it was announced that HC...
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Analyst Sees Major Catalyst for BioPharmX Corp (BPMX) in Coming Months

Earlier this morning, HC Wainwright announced that it was reaffirming a Buy rating on BioPharmX Corp (NYSE MKT:BPMX), and maintained a price target of...

Consider Microsoft (MSFT) Stock for Solid Dividends

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) appears to be a solid investment for defensive investors considering its strong dividends and steady share price appreciation. Since 2007, 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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Dollar Recovery Caps Gold Prices, Underlying Support Remains Firm

A rebound in the dollar and improved tone surrounding risk appetite has curbed support for gold, although the impact was offset by a fresh...
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Risk Recovery Boosts Crude Oil Prices, Markets Braced For Record Inventories

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Silver Prices Stall as U.S. Dollar Recovery from Four-Month Low

Silver prices edged lower Wednesday, as demand for precious metals softened on improved risk sentiment and a rebounding U.S. dollar.May silver futures fell 9...
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US Dollar Index (DXY) Bounces Off Neckline of Head and Shoulders Pattern

The US Dollar Index (DXY) is modestly higher in today's trading following Tuesday's move to the upside. DXY is currently trading at 99.83, a...
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USD/JPY: Support Break Remains Intact

USD/JPY is down 0.15% at 110.96 in today's trading. The pair has maintained the recent breakdown from support shown on the daily chart and...