Stock Prices

Written by Michael Federico
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There is no way to truly predict shifts in stock prices. Assets on every major exchange go through multiple changes during the course of every trading day. Some of these shifts are minute, but they can still make a major difference to investors. People who have been in the business for a long time have their own methods of forecasting price changes. While there is no surefire way to know what the price of a certain stock will be from one day to the next, knowing the factors that affect price changes can help.

There are a number of different things that can alter the price of a stock. A company's recent performance will, of course, affect prices. Past performance history can also make a difference in how a company's stock weathers certain problems. Stock prices will often go up simply because a company is getting good press. Quarterly projections will play a major role in positively and negatively affecting stocks, as well.

Monitoring Stock Prices

Online traders rely heavily on the stock quote systems that are used by e-brokers. If a system does not update prices in real-time, it is of little use to a serious investor. A person has to have accurate price information throughout the trading day in order to get the most out of his transactions.

It is also possible to monitor a stock's price over a certain period of time. If an investor is interested in buying a stock, but is not sure if it is the right way to go, he can view changes in price over several days, several months, or even several years. The best online brokers make this type of price tracking readily available for their clients.


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