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Fire Your Stock Analyst!: Analyzing Stocks on Your Own by Harry Domash

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Institutional Ownership

Institutions are mutual funds, pension plans, trust funds, and other large investors, and account for roughly 50 percent of all stockholdings. The presence of strong institutional sponsorship (large holdings) verifies that a stock is a viable growth candidate.

Institutional Percentage of Shares Outstanding

Institutions trade stocks frequently and in large quantities. By virtue of the large commissions their trades generate, institutional money managers are more wired into the market than individual investors can ever hope to be. Consequently, few public companies exist that they haven’t encountered.

High institutional sponsorship (ownership) means these tuned-in investors have analyzed the company and liked what they ...

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