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The Snap Inc. Conundrum

Much has been written about Snapchat (Ok ok, Snap Inc.) over the last 5 months. Is this another Twitter in the making? Could it get worse? Will it get acquired now that the shares are down 50% of the IPO price? etc. etc. Like often though, things are not as simple as they seem to appear. So before one decides to get in or get out of SNAP, here are some
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Have more than one brokerage accounts? Bring them into Stockal

Managing money invested across multiple brokerage accounts is never easy. And a lot of us own and operate multiple accounts. Opening different accounts as and when an opportunity (or need?) comes up. For instance, our 401(k) account takes care of most of our compliance needs. Then there’s an account for other passive instruments and, potentially one more for active – often mostly stock – investments. Some brokers offer better commission rates
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Is PayPal Living Up to Expectations?

The way the financial services industry is being shaken up, one would expect that PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) - once a true-blue disruptor - has everything going for it. But somehow, it's not been able to garner enough Wall Street confidence. For sure, like most tech players, the PYPL stock gave pretty good returns over the last one year - going from $36 all the way up to $59. But still analyst
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Stockal Partners With NASDAQ

Life of an early stage business is like that of a toddler. You see her after a few months and "suddenly", she's able to walk & make some conversation. Stockal will, sort of, be in that stage for a couple more years. So when you get a note from us every other month, we will hopefully have something significant to share. Always. Also, as a young company you're pulling multiple levers (pardon
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How We Address The Noise Issue In Investing News & Analysis

When it comes to typical stock market data, people assume it to be price data, company fundamentals and some technical indicators – most of which is nicely structured and straightforward to analyze. But off late it’s been seen that “alpha” lies in information that is not easily available, rests in disparate sources and is generally quite difficult to navigate through. Of course, it’s only natural that something that takes extra
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Ideas are the Bedrock of Successful Investments

Much has been said about discovering the right investable security – in most cases, a “winning” stock – that ends up making lives of investor and careers of analysts/fund managers. But unfortunately, there’s still not quite enough in terms of products and platforms out there to help people discover potentially great ideas. There are scores of stories around of an investor having made an investment in a Ford in the
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Have more than one brokerage accounts? Bring them into Stockal

Managing money invested across multiple brokerage accounts is never easy. And a lot of us own and operate multiple accounts. Opening different accounts as and when an opportunity (or need?) comes up. For instance, our 401(k) account takes care of most of the compliance needs. Then there’s an account for other passive instruments and, potentially one more for active – often mostly stock – investments. Some brokers offer better commission
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Ciena Corp (NYSE: CIEN) Is Becoming a Must-Watch Stock

After the tech stock rally somewhat simmered pre-4th of July the focus is back on stocks that are showing relative stability and long-term positivity. Ciena Corp (NYSE: CIEN) the $3.5Bn telecommunications equipment company is an interesting prospect to watch for value investors. After reaching the max returns of more than 30% over last year, the stock has come back to its March levels of $24-25 now and it looks like it will
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About The Confidence Meter From Stockal

While trying to make sense of all the information out there about a stock you're researching, Analyst Opinion can be tricky to understand. At any given point in time, there are multiple opinions present for the same stock, from different-different analyst firms. What Jefferies rates a "Buy", Nomura may rate a "Strong buy" and Morgan Stanley may rate a "hold" - all on the same day. Individual retail investors are seldom