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Great site Kenny.

Technical Analysis written in a straightforward way so that everyone understands.

There's only a small few who get it consistantly correct and you are certainly in that group. Chris

Thanks for putting this all together and sharing! BHW

Awesome Stuff! Kenny has shown time and time again the ability to show us direction in these markets. Khalsa

Kenny, I appreciate your insight and analysis. You make sense of what I can rarely see.

Thanks for sharing.

Took a gold short at 1240 just closed at 1203 :-)))))))))))))))))) ........ top call!!  Gekko

Understanding Stock Quotes

How to read Stock Index Tables

Stock Quotes

Understanding stock quotes
and stock index tables - they may look confusing but they are really quite easy to understand once you know what  information they contain and what to look for. 

Each one will contain certain basic information and others will be slightly more detailed depending on the source and the target reader.

Basic information contained in a  stock quote and stock index tables

  • Stocks name or ticker
    • The ticker is the code by which that stock is identified
    • eg Dow Jones Industrial Average ticker is DJIA
  • Price
    • The prices quoted usually refer to the mid price between the bid/ask
  • Offer (Ask) / Bid
    • Offer (Ask) is the price you have to pay to buy
    • Bid is the price you can sell your stock for
    • Note -  the difference between the two is called the spread
    • the spread is the market makers profit
  • Change
    • This is the change in price from the previous close
  • High / Low / Close
    • The Close is the stocks closing price (mid) that day
    • high / low refers to the (mid) price extremes that it traded at that day
    • high / low may also be shown for the Week, Month or Year (52wk)

More information for understanding stock quotes and stock index tables

  • Volume (vol)
    • The amount of that stocks shares that were traded on the day
  • Dividend (div)
    • The level of dividends paid to shareholders
  • Yield (yld)
    • Rate of return for your investment from dividend payments
    • A $20 stock with a yld of 5% would pay you $1 in dividends
  • Price/Earnings Ratio (P/E)
    • The stocks price divided by its earnings for the year
  • Market Capitalization (Market Cap)
    • The total value of all the companys shares issued.
Understanding stock quotes and stock index tables - How to read stock charts

Traders tip:  a common mistake people make is to think that a stock trading at $5 must be a better buy than one trading at $20 because it is cheaper. In actual fact this has no relevance as to whether that stock is a good buy or not. 

eg. The $5 may have 10m shares issued meaning it has a market cap of $50m where the $20 stock may only have 2m shares issued giving it a market cap of  $40m

Again, this in itself has no real relevance in stock picking. 

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