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Old 11-07-2006, 05:21 PM
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what to invest in

ive got a lil project for my economics class and im not asking you to tell me what to invest in.. but those out there that know the game care to share a lil bit of tips...

ive got 25k(fake... ) to invest in stocks.. i have to hold at least stock from 5 different companies.. cant just dump it all in one and let it ride

im not going to stay in the same market, maybe a lil on the NYSE and then some on the NASDAQ and S&P.. i want to diversify but not spread all over.. plus different industries . but not companies that are fads or such.. a steady climb would be prefereble.. as long as i come back with minimal losses.

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Old 11-07-2006, 05:57 PM
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How much time do you have to work with? Can you actively trade a portion while holding the 5?
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Old 11-07-2006, 06:17 PM
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i dont know about trading.. but i think its possible since we are supposed to be "pretending"... i have $25,000 to play with

if i get enough capital gain i could sell then re-invest somewhere else.
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Old 11-07-2006, 06:32 PM
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This all depends on how agressive you want to be. You can play one stock but you have to hedge your bets and watch it like a hawk as everything can turn on you in 5 seconds. If you set min and max levels to cut your losses if you happen to be using a real time software system. You'll have more volatility with lower priced stocks since volumes will change but it also means you can get 20% gains in a day. If you're looking for stability spread it out across different industries. We're going into the holiday season so it's not going to be as active....but depending on how the election turns out.....you can post large gains or losses tomorrow

Can you go into the commodities markets?
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Old 11-07-2006, 06:38 PM
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Can you go into the commodities markets?
if i can buy public stock i can do what ever..i wish i had a buddy that was a stock broker.. i could pay him in beer to watch and work my pretend stock..
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Old 11-07-2006, 06:44 PM
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Haliburton, Exxon, Stryker and Genzym would be my pics for the next 6 months. General Dynamics and Raytheon also come to mind.

If I picked two of the above Stryker and Haliburton.
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Old 11-07-2006, 06:46 PM
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And my pick of the year http://www.neogen.com/

They will be making big bucks on this e-coli thing and whoever comes up with the Bird Flu vaccine.
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Old 11-07-2006, 06:49 PM
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And my pick of the year http://www.neogen.com/

They will be making big bucks on this e-coli thing and whoever comes up with the Bird Flu vaccine.
looks promising
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Old 11-07-2006, 07:04 PM
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You need the application that I use for work. We're suppliers of market data, and need to test the system by running the end-user application. It shows a lot of real-time information from the various exchanges.

Unfortunately, it's not cheap. But I like playing with it for free, even though I don't do any non-IRA investing.
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Old 11-07-2006, 07:16 PM
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it sucks im only investing for one month.. im not going to show alot of profit.. so my goal is to not loose a large amount...

the commodities market, i dont think i should bother since everything is traded in large units..
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Old 11-07-2006, 07:17 PM
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i suggest investing in the company that makes cheez whiz!

there's always a market for that!

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Old 11-07-2006, 07:48 PM
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Oh yes I did this back in HS, except we did it for a week with $5k. How much can you make in a week only checking the stock once a day? I made the most like $200, most people broke even or lost money.

The trick is to buy a lot of cheap stock, like under $2 a share. Then keep an eye on it. I bought an oil company and a few others, if the oil company struck in that week I would have made a fake fortune!
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Old 11-07-2006, 08:18 PM
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im thinking about halliburton..their 5 year history shows a very high increase since..-chuckle- the war
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Old 11-07-2006, 08:23 PM
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im thinking about halliburton..their 5 year history shows a very high increase since..-chuckle- the war
You can't fight them so you might as well join them, war is very good for business!
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Old 11-07-2006, 08:26 PM
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Haliburton, Exxon, Stryker and Genzym would be my pics for the next 6 months. General Dynamics and Raytheon also come to mind.

If I picked two of the above Stryker and Haliburton.
Didn't Raytheon just have a strike called?

I'd look at oil field services companies. The infamous Halliburton, for example. Also BJ. Might look into offshore oil platform fabricators. We have 2% unemployment locally and oilfield services companies and labor contractors are hurting for employees. When companies are hiring off the street and no experience for good paying jobs I think that's a hint for growth.

It depends on what your teacher's parameters are: short term/speculation or retirement investment?

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