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Great for the well educated (in business, finance and economics), who are able to read and understand, balance sheets, income statements and etc..
Why not do what the big hedge funds do with their fancy programs and algorithms; follow the charts? All this information, plus the larger background economic activity, is already figured into the stock's price and volume characteristics.
You think a common guy is on a level playing field with all the insiders and corrupt brokers?
Question #1 - Is it a stock that MSN has promoted in their weekly "stocks to buy" campaign? If so don't waste your money.
Questions #2-10 - see above answer, and lastly, go with your gut feeling. good luck my friends.
It's amazing that this list begins with: "No. 1: What does the company do? Go ahead and laugh."
No wonder so many do poorly in the market.
If Greg..M..-in his comment- thinks hedge funds rely on computer programs alone, don't look at the financials, don't call individual stores to check on weekend receipts, etc. etc. he's mistaken.
There are experts that follow most stocks and post opinions in many formats. Read what other people think. Most of these opinions are relatively unbiased, but read as many as possible. The Street is pretty good, so is Seeking Alpha. Check the average ratings and ratings history on Zacks. Don't pretend you can go it alone, but don't ever buy anything you do not understand.
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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market punctuated July with a broad-based retreat that sent the S&P 500 lower by 2.0% with all ten sectors ending in the red. The benchmark index posted a monthly decline of 1.5%, while the Russell 2000 (-2.3%) underperformed to end the month lower by 6.1%.
To get a better feel for what led to today's retreat, we'd like to look back to Wednesday, when the market had ample reason to rally, but did not. Instead, it ended basically flat after a sloppy day of ... More
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