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Micron Technology (MU): Buy and Hold For Robust Stock Price Appreciation

Improving demand for technological innovations and increasing digitalization trends have been moving tech stocks higher over the last twelve months. Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU), a...

Promising Glaucoma Trial Results Push Aerie Pharma (AERI) 39% Higher

Investors are clamoring to snap up shares of Aerie Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AERI) this morning. The biotech’s stock is currently trading about 39 percent higher...

General Electric (GE) Stock Moves Into The Red, Why You Should Avoid It

General Electric's (NYSE:GE) share price extended the volatility, as the stock moves back to 52-weeks low just after touching the 52-week high of $33...

NovoCure (NVCR) Scores HUD Designation For Tumor-Slowing Device

Oncology therapeutics company NovoCure Ltd (NASDAQ:NVCR) is making some serious gains today, with its share price current at $13.53 in mid-afternoon trading – which...

Inovio (INO) Skyrockets With Historic HIV Vaccine Results

Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:INO) is flying high this morning, currently trading $1.60 higher at $8.73 – a 22 percent boost. The sudden surge comes...

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Stock Slumps, Is This A Buying Opportunity?

Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) stock crashed significantly in the last five days following speculations over the Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) deal. Recently, Intel has denied the...

Is Considering Lockheed Martin (LMT) On Its Rally A Good Strategy?

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) shares spiked substantially after the announcement of a potential $28 billion deal with Saudi Arabia. The company’s stock price soared from...

Google (GOOG) Stock Poised To Hit $1000 In The Short-Term

Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) shares have been increasing at a tremendous rate since the start of this year, due to product innovations and expansion in new...

Consider ConocoPhillips (COP) To Enjoy The Oil Price Rally

After a momentous crash in the beginning of last year, oil prices improved significantly in the last couple of quarters, driven by OPEC production...

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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Fed Caution Underpins Gold Prices, Buyers Unable To Make Headway

A cautious tone in the Federal Reserve minutes supported gold, although gains were limited as the dollar was able to show some underlying resilience...

US Jobless Claims Rise To 234,000, Moving Average Hits Fresh 44-Year Low

US Initial jobless claims increased slightly to 234,000 in the week ending May 20th from 233,000 previously which was revised slightly from the original...
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Dollar Weakness Keeps USD/CHF Under Pressure

USD/CHF declined to set a low for the session at 0.9700 in today’s trading and is currently trading off the low at 0.9726, a...
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BTC/USD Climbs to $2,700 for the First Time Ever

Bitcoin prices extended gains Thursday, reaching new all-time highs amid a market boom that has added 170% to the digital currency this year.The BTC/USD...
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USD/JPY Holding in Bear Flag Formation

USD/JPY has reversed to the upside after falling on Wednesday in reaction to the release of the minutes from the May Federal Open Market...