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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stock Investing Fast-Track by Ken Little

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No Clear Answers on Stock Prices

Determining a stock’s price is more complicated than it may appear. In reality, a stock has several prices all set in different ways by different participants in the stock market. How these prices and participants interact is what makes the stock market an interesting and challenging puzzle to solve. Contrary to some perceptions, there is no smoke-filled room where stock market kingpins sit around a table and set prices. Daily prices on the stock market are, for the most part, totally uncontrolled and likely to do almost anything. The price the stock market reports is just one price of several that investors must deal with. Long-term investors analyze businesses in an attempt to find a fair market value. This ...

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