Dr. Sarah's Stock Market Homework
DUE at the Beginning of Lab (You will need to have completed this
homework in order to be successful in lab.)
Open up a web browser and go to the main class web page
and then click on the Stock Market homework link (under Monday's date).
web reading - intro
to the market
Read section 1.5 in the How Do You Know? book
to gain some familiarity with personal investments and stock information.
Read Heart of Math p. 543-544 (How to Get Rich Quick as a Stock Whiz).
Finding a Stock to "Buy" and Track
Search for 5 stocks that you are interested in "buying" and tracking.
Note that "Quotes tell" the search engine to find pages
with that phrase in it,
while simpson* finds pages with anything after that in it
(simpson, simpsons's, simpsons...),
and -1010 as one of our search words would have
eliminated pages with 1010 in them.
Recall that a small difference in wording can
make a big difference in searching, and that sometimes
creative searching is needed to find reasonable info on the web.
For example, Pizza Hut actually trades under the YUM company stock symbol
You must pick
stocks that are actively traded day-to-day,
and it must be a stock with a name containing 1, 2, 3 or 4 letters only
(ie A, AB, ABC, or ABCD) with no extensions at the end.
Something.blah is NOT ALLOWED, and neither
are longer names nor names containing symbols other than letters.
Here are a couple of places to look for stocks
finance.yahoo.com/l to search for stocks with certain names
(note that the search features are not very user friendly)
(that last letter is the letter "l" not the number 1)
www.google.com You could
"stock symbol" "COMPANY NAME"
where COMPANY NAME is
the name of the company that you are interested in.
What are your 5 stock symbols names - the 4 or less letters
only (ie A, AB, ABC, or ABCD) - AND the
names (in words) of each of the companies?
Choose your favorite stock, and enter the stock symbol into
the top of
where it says Get Quotes.
Hit Go and compare this with the web reading or How Do You Know?
in order to reinforce what you've learned from the readings.
Be sure that you understand what Bid and Ask mean,
what Volume means, and that you understand how
to read a stock chart.