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Why sell stock?

The reasons people sell their stock are more complex. A person may just need the money. He or she may have watched the price go up, and have a hunch this is a good time to lock in their profit and sell some or all their shares.

Bad news concerning a company or its industry, or a disappointing earnings report is sure to prompt heavy selling. An investor may see better opportunities in another company, and so sell his stocks that aren't moving up.

But usually, investors sell because they've watched the price fall, and just want to get out before they lose even more.

People and institutions buy stocks that they feel have a good chance to be worth more at a future date, and sell from their portfolio, stocks that they believe will be worth less.
 

To capture a dividend, the stock must be in your account on “the owner of record date”. Since the “settlement date” is the day you buy plus three trading days, you must have purchased the stock three trading days prior to the record date. The “ex-dividend” date is the owner of record date plus one day. You are “exed out” if you bought on this date or later. The actual “dividend payment date” will be a number of days later, usually within 10 days. Some references will confuse these dates.

Other Stock Market Basics Topics:

  1. Stock Market Basics
  2. Why invest in the stock market?
  3. Why Sell Stock?
  4. How are shares bought and sold on the NASDAQ?
  5. How stocks are traded on the New York Stock Exchange
  6. What are ECNs?
  7. Supply and Demand
  8. American Stock Exchanges
  9. International Stock Exchange
  10. What fuels demand for a stock?
  11. More to Know About Stock Trading
  12. Limit Orders
  13. Market Capitalization
  14. Preferred Stock
  15. How to Buy Stock?
  16. How much money do you need to open a brokerage account?
  17. Money Market Funds
  18. Margin Loans and Investment
  19. Corporation Executive Pay
  20. How much money do you need to open a brokerage account?

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