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Halliburton (HAL) Shares Slip after Revenue Miss, Future Fundamentals Are Strengthening

Halliburton’s (NYSE:HAL) share price declined sharply after reporting lower than expected growth in revenue for the final quarter of FY2016. The company’s revenue of...
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Aegis says Concert Pharmaceuticals (CNCE) Poised for Long-Term Growth

This morning, Aegis Capital announced that it is assuming coverage on Concert Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:CNCE), with a “Buy” rating and a price target set...
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Cynosure (CYNO) Spikes on Talks of Potential Sale

Surgical laser maker Cynosure Inc (NASDAQ:CYNO) is thinking about selling itself, at least according to sources close to the matter. The company is supposedly...
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Schlumberger (SLB) Tops Estimates; Well Set For the Full Recovery in FY2017

Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB) has beaten revenue and earnings estimate for the final quarter of FY2016 by $40 million and $0.02 per share, respectively. In...

Procter & Gamble (PG) Soars after Earnings Beat, Further Upside Is Ahead

Procter & Gamble’s (NYSE:PG) share price soared 3.25% during Friday’s trade, as its financial numbers have easily beaten revenue and earnings estimates for the...
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The Future is Looking Bright for Bellerophon Therapeutics (BLPH)

Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:BLPH) is up more than seven percent in mid-afternoon trading today, with its share price sitting five cents higher at $0.68....
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Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP) Price Target Raised after Winning FDA Approval

Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:SGYP) announced after the market close yesterday that its constipation drug was officially approved by the US Food and Drug Administration...

International Business Machine (IBM) Rebounds amid Smart Business Moves

International Business Machine’s (NYSE:IBM) long-term strategy of moving their business model towards analytics and cloud computing seems to be working. IBM’s share price soared...

Consolidated Edison (ED) Is a Solid Dividend Stock

Consolidated Edison (NYSE:ED) recently announced a dividend increase of 3% to $2.68 per share, a 43rd consecutive year of annual dividend growth. A sustainable...

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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