Understanding the Stock Market

Goals

To understand the best ways to evaluate a stock market investment (i.e. evaluate whether to purchase a stock) in order to become a stock analyst and better inform investment decisions. Specifically, the research should address the following:
  • List of the best investment criteria for choosing stocks.
  • How to obtain information about stocks.
  • How to understand stock market trends.
  • How to understand the trends/past-present happenings with a specific stock.
  • How to evaluate an earnings calls/reports.
  • How to determine if a stock is stable or volatile.
  • How to evaluate if a stock investment is good for short term or long term growth.

Early Findings

Investment Criteria for Choosing Stocks

  • Stock choosing criteria published by NASDAQ in 2018 can be found here.
  • Stock choosing criteria published by Investopedia in 2019 can be found here.
  • Stock choosing criteria published by Cabot Wealth in 2019 can be found here.

How to Obtain Information About Stocks

  • A guide on how to do research about stocks published by Fidelity Investments in 2017 can be found here.
  • A guide on how to do research about stocks published by Nerdwallet in 2019 can be found here.

How to Understand Stock Market Trends

  • A guide on how to analyze stock market trends published by Motilal Oswal Investment Services has been provided here.

How to Understand the Trends With a Specific Stock

  • A guide on understanding stock trends published by MarketSmith has been provided here.

How to Evaluate an Earnings Report/Call

  • A guide on how to evaluate a company's earnings report published by Investopedia in 2019 has been provided here.

How to Determine Stock Stability

  • A guide on how to measure stock volatility published by Investopedia in 2019 has been provided here.

How to Evaluate Short-Term vs. Long-Term Stock Growth

  • A guide on how to decide when to sell or hold a stock published by Investopedia in 2019 has been provided here.

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