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The Stock Market

Whether you're an economics wiz or don't know your NASDAQ from your Dow Jones, these articles will give you a deeper understanding of the forces at play in the stock market.

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How does oil speculation raise gas prices?

Before most people were even aware there was an economic crisis, investment managers looked for lucrative investments. What they settled on was oil futures, and those futures brought speculation.


Twinkies' Maker Hostess Going Public. Snack Cakes for Everyone!

It's been a roller-coaster ride for the beloved U.S. snack cake that last 65 days. Now Twinkies and its other Hostess buddies are landing on the Nasdaq. See more »

How Margin Accounts Work

If you ever get a chance to buy a blue-chip stock, you'd jump on it -- but what if you can't afford to buy all the shares you'd like? You can open a margin account and borrow the money, but be careful: You can go completely broke if things go south. See more »

What is a margin call?

If you've seen the end of the film "Trading Places," you know the potential outcome of a margin call. What is this terrifying thing -- and how do investors end up having to pay one? See more »

10 of the Biggest IPOs in History

Initial public offerings are as high as high finance gets. When popular, formerly private companies decide to offer shares of their stock to the public, the price of that stock can skyrocket. Here are 10 companies whose IPOs reached the stratosphere. See more »

10 Biggest IPO Flops in History

Initial public offerings often serve as a company's coming out party. Investors line up to purchase newly offered stock, sending the stock price -- and the company's net worth -- into the stratosphere. See more »

How does oil speculation raise gas prices?

Before most people were even aware there was an economic crisis, investment managers looked for lucrative investments. What they settled on was oil futures, and those futures brought speculation. See more »

Day trading used to be pretty risky business, but now it's a lucrative business. You could earn millions if you know the market and make quick, well-informed choices. See more »

How the NASDAQ MarketSite Works

The NASDAQ MarketSite broadcast studio is an amazing facility that can host dozens of reporters simultaneously and send direct feeds out to all of their separate news organizations. Learn about the technology behind the NASDAQ MarketSite. See more »

How the NASDAQ Times Square Display Works

The NASDAQ display in NYC's Times Square is impossible to miss. It's the largest continuous sign on the square and takes up almost 9,000 square feet of display space -- about a quarter of an acre. See more »

How NASDAQ IPOs Work

Find out what a NASDAQ IPO is and see cool videos from a recent HowStuffWorks trip to this Wall Street wonder. See more »