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

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How Daily Stock Prices Are Set

Stock prices change every time shares are bought and sold. For stocks that are heavily traded, the price can change several times a second and many hundreds of times during the trading day. What causes the price of stocks to rise and fall during the trading day? The media report that stock prices were up or down for some particular news event. Whether it is rising inflation or unrest in the Middle East, media pundits want a quick and simple answer to why the market was up or down on a particular day.

Economic news, global news, and other events do affect stock market prices. However, these events are just the catalyst for more basic actions and reactions that are the true drivers of daily stock market prices. The ...

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