52-Week High/Low The highest and lowest price at which a stock traded in the past 12 months, or 52 weeks. Absolute Return The return that an asset achieves over a period of time. This measure simply looks at the appreciation or depreciation (expressed as a percentage) that an asset - usually a stock or a mutual fund - faces over a period of time. Absolute return differs from relative return because it is concerned with the return of the asset being looked at and does not compare it to any other measure. Actual Return The actual gain or loss of an investor. Auction A mechanism used by the Stock Exchange to fulfill its obligation to the buyer of a security. It is done when the seller is unable to deliver the script sold by him. The security in question is offered by a member who has ready possession of the script. Acquisition When one company purchases a majority interest in the acquired. Allotment The number of shares allotted to a partcipant in IPO against the actual number of securities he had applied for. American Depository Receipt (ADR) A negotiable certificate issued by a U.S. bank representing a specified number of shares (or one share) in a foreign stock that is traded on a U.S. exchange. ADRs are denominated in U.S. dollars, with the underlying security held by a U.S. financial institution overseas. American Depository Share (ADS) A share issued under deposit agreement that represents an underlying security in the issuer's home country. The terms American depositary receipt (ADR) and American depositary share (ADS) are often thought to mean the same thing. However, an ADS is the actual share trading, while an ADR represents a bundle of ADSs. Analyst A financial professional who has expertise in evaluating investments and puts together buy, sell and hold recommendations on securities. Also known as a "financial analyst" or a "security analyst". Annual General Meeting (AGM) A mandatory yearly meeting of shareholders that allows stakeholders to stay informed and involved with company decisions and workings.


Annual Report A company's annual statement of financial operations. Annual reports include a balance sheet, income statement, auditor's report, and a description of the company's operations. Annuity A financial product sold by financial institutions that is designed to accept and grow funds from an individual and then, upon annuitization, pay out a stream of payments to the individual at a later point in time. Annuities are primarily used as a means of securing a steady cash flow for an individual during their retirement years. Appreciate An increase in any investments value. For example, if shares of stock you own in a company have risen from five to ten, it has "appreciated". Not quite the word to use to describe your blood pressure after you finds you have just invested in a dud stock Approved List The list that tells you which shares are approved for the purpose of pledging them with the bank against loan. Only these shares will be eligible for "loans against shares" facility. This list of approved securities is periodically revised. Arbitrage The difference between price of a security in two different exchanges. The difference can be used to make profits by persons holding a security to sell the same at an exchange where its price is high and buy it at an exchange where it is available at a lower price. Ask The price a seller is willing to accept for a share, also known as the offer price. Ask Size The number of shares a seller is selling at a quoted ask price. Asset Allocation The process of dividing a portfolio among major asset categories such as bonds, stocks or cash. The purpose of asset allocation is to reduce risk by diversifying the portfolio. Asset Allocation Fund A mutual fund that splits its investment assets among stocks, bonds and other investment vehicles in an attempt to provide a consistent return for the investor. Average Daily Share Volume The number of shares traded per day, averaged over a period of time, usually one year. Helps in determining the level of activity of the share on the market and in choosing only currently active stocks.


Average Annual Growth Rate The average increase in the value of a portfolio over the period of a year. Average Annual Return The historical return of a mutual fund. Average Maturity The average time to maturity of securities held by a mutual fund. Changes in interest rates have greater impact on funds with longer average life. Average P/E Ratio Average price/earnings ratio of stocks owned by a mutual fund. Average Return The simple average of a series of returns generated over a period of time. Back door listing A strategy of going public used by a company that fails to meet the criteria for listing on a stock exchange. To get onto the exchange, the company desiring to go public acquires an already listed company. Backend load Sales charge paid when selling a mutual fund - also known as deferred load. (For instance, alimony can be said to be a back-end load) Bad Debt A debt that is not collectible and therefore worthless to the creditor. This debt, once considered to be bad, will be written off by the company as an expense. Balance Sheet A financial statement that summarizes a company's assets, liabilities and shareholders' equity at a specific point in time. These three balance sheet segments give investors an idea as to what the company owns and owes, as well as the amount invested by the shareholders. Balanced Fund A mutual fund that invests its assets into the money market, bonds, preferred stock, and common stock with the intention to provide both growth and income. Bankruptcy The state of a person or firm unable to repay debts. Bar Chart A style of chart used by some technical analysts, the top of the vertical line indicates the highest price a


security traded at during the day, and the bottom represents the lowest price. The closing price is displayed on the right side of the bar, and the opening price is shown on the left side of the bar. A single bar like the one below represents one day of trading. Basis Point A unit that is equal to 1/100th of 1%, and is used to denote the change in a financial instrument. The basis point is commonly used for calculating changes in interest rates, equity indexes and the yield of a fixedincome security. Bear Market A weak and falling market where buyers are absent (Usually because they burnt their fingers when they held on too long to their shares when the market was rising.) Generally correlates with recession. An opportunity to buy at low prices, in hope (usually) fulfilled if you wait long enough) of an upturn. Low capital investors may have a problem in holding on to stocks for a long period. This is the reverse of the bull market. Hence, the strategy would also be reversed but be cautious. It is more difficult to tell when a falling stock is going to reverse direction than to predict when a rising is likely to fall. Bear Market A market condition in which the prices of shares are falling or are expected to fall. Best Ask The lowest quoted ask price for a particular share among those offered from competing market makers. Best Bid The highest quoted bid for a particular share among all those offered by competing market makers. Blue Chip Stock Shares of well-established and financially strong corporations, with little investment risk and a history of earnings and dividend payments. These stocks usually form the base of a portfolio and allow for higher gain (and higher risk) speculation in other stocks. Investment in such stocks is more for capital appreciation than for return on investment since most blue chips trade at high market prices. Best to allocate a portion of your annual income for the purchase of investment stocks over the long term. Blue Chip A nationally recognized, well-established and financially sound company. Bond A debt investment with which the investor loans money to an entity (company or government) that borrows the funds for a defined period of time at a specified interest rate Bond A bond is a debt instrument issued by an entity for the purpose of raising capital. A long term promissory note issued by a corporation. A bond can be issued by a corporation or other entity such as state or municipal governments or the Central Bank of the country. Bonds normally have a set maturity (term) and interest (coupon) rate associated with them. In simpler word, you are in effect lending money to the


at which point you get back your principal investment. Bottom Line Refers to a company's net earnings. commodity. Book Value The net asset value of a company. Bond Rating A grade evaluating the quality of a bond Book Closure A company's announcement of a dividend or bonus to investors. The investor believes that the recent price drop is temporary and a recovery is soon to follow. Bottom The lowest point or price reached by a financial security. the proportional ownership of shareholders does not change. which is followed by a steady increase. 7 . Book value Total shareholder equity from the balance sheet divided by the number of shares outstanding. Bottom Fisher An investor who looks for bargains among stocks whose prices have recently dropped dramatically. index or economic cycle in a given time period. When the market expects a company to come out with a Bonus Issue. Book closure is the period during which this process is done and deliveries are not affected in the clearing house. Bonus Shares Shares allotted to the existing shareholders by capitalizing the reserves into additional capital. Following a bonus issue. the price of the shares normally goes up. though the number of total shares increase. Boom A period of time during which sales or business activity increases rapidly.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET entity which issues the bonds for a specified period in return for a fixed rate of return till the bonds mature. Book Building The process by which an underwriter attempts to determine at what price to offer an IPO based on demand from institutional investors. calculated by total assets minus intangible assets (patents. goodwill) and liabilities. Book Closure A company closes its register of members for updating the records to facilitate payment of dividends or issue of tights of bonus shares.

often more than warranted by the fundamentals and usually in a particular sector. there are 30 diversified stocks traded on the Mumbai Stock Exchange which are thought to be representative of the market in general. limit their services to trade executions and collect substantially lower fees. Bridge/Mezzanine Funding Financing for a company expecting to go public within 6-12 months. Broad Based Fund (sub-account) A fund which has a minimum of 20 shareholders without any single investor holding more than 10 percent of the shares and units of the fund is known as broad Based Fund. Bubble A surge in equity prices. or to establish a floor price for public offer. research and advice. 7 . usually so structured as to be repaid from proceeds of a public offering. Broker An agent who handles the public's orders to buy and sell stocks. Discount brokers are not in the business of giving investment advice they usually work on salary. thereby generating income on the number of his clients' trades. BSE Sensex A stock index (one of many) commonly used as an indicator of changes in the general level of the stock prices in India . which is usually followed by heavy volume and increased volatility. Full service brokers are those that provide a wide range of investment services. A full service account representative usually works on a commission basis. Traders will buy the underlying asset when the price breaks above a level of resistance and sell when it breaks below support. followed by a drastic drop in prices as a massive selloff occurs.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Breakout A price movement through an identified level of support or resistance. Bourse A stock exchange Breakout A technical analysis term meaning a stock price has moved above or below a previous trading range. commodities or other property. which then carries out the transactions on the investor's behalf. Brokerage Account An arrangement between an investor and a licensed brokerage firm that allows the investor to deposit funds with the firm and place investment orders through the brokerage. In this index. Broker An individual or firm that charges a fee or commission for executing buy and sell orders submitted by an investor.

15. Sell immediately and rest content that you have been wise enough to book profits at different points of the Bull Run . regardless of every one predicting that share prices are sure to go up still further and you would be a fool to sell at this point. regardless of fluctuations in the market. Rising stock prices (generally occur during boom years). Duck if they take a swing at you. It takes time for a stock order to be sent by the broker to the stock exchange floor. Buy and Hold A passive investment strategy in which an investor buys stocks and holds them for a long period of time. Bullion Gold and silver that is officially recognized as high quality (at least 99. it can be executed depending on which type of exchange the stock is listed. 20 percent or wherever) and then sell at that point. or (ii) the outcry method.5% pure). The total time is an estimated 20 minutes. A critical decision is when to sell on a bull market. You then offer your sympathy to investors who did not disinvest and had to bear heavy loses. whereas the second can be a little time consuming. They hold back selling in expectation of still higher gains and sometimes are left high and dry when the market crashes. Amateur investors could lose a lot of money in this phase of the market. Anything that goes up has to come down is a law of physics that holds well in the stock market. Buy Transaction When you place an order for stock. There are two methods of execution (i) the online exchange which is connected via satellite. A person on the stock market floor bids to find a buyer for the stock. 10. that is the share prices reverse direction. Bull Market A financial market of a certain group of shares in which prices are rising or are expected to rise. Long term investors are usually less harmed since their perspective is 3 to 5 years or even more and the market tends to level out over a period of time. Ignore them. Bull Market A rising market where buyers far outnumber the sellers. and is in the form of bars rather than coins. There will come a time when the Bull Run stops.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Bull An operator who expects the share price to rise and takes a position in the market to sell at a later date. and repeat the procedure. Your losses are thus restricted to the period after your last profit taking. which is executed on the floor of the exchange. Book your specified profit. invest a lesser sum. that is. The stock is then purchased or sold and the broker finally notified of the price and how much money to deduct from the customer's account plus his broker fee. They hold back money in this phase of the market. The first method is instantaneous. 7 . decide your margin of profit. too. If the Bull Run still continues. the best procedure is to decide within yourself that you will satisfied by a specified margin eg profit on your investment (say. Buy A recommendation to purchase a specific security. sell your shares and put the money in your bank.

It's an imaginary number that describes the rate at which an investment would have grown if it grew at a steady rate Call Option An option where the buyer gets the right to buy the underlying security at a specified future date. Capital gains are the profits that an investor realizes when he or she sells the capital asset for a price that is higher than the purchase price. The gain is not realized until the asset is sold. rather than being expensed in the year of purchase. Capital Gain An increase in the value of a capital asset (investment or real estate) that gives it a higher worth than the purchase price. CAGR The year-over-year growth rate of an investment over a specified period of time. or to eliminate any threats by shareholders who may be looking for a controlling stake. Capital Employed Total liabilities and equity less non-interest bearing liabilities. In the corporate world all major deals are leveraged. Capital Turnover Annual total Revenue as a percentage of total assets. Capitalization The value of a company as measured by the market price of its common shares. Capital gains distributions (if any) are usually made annually. equipment and other items with a useful lifetime exceeding one year are categorized as assets to be depreciated over a number of years. Companies will buyback shares either to increase the value of shares still available (reducing supply). funded by someone else. Try doing this in your personal life and you will probably go to jail. Capital Gains Tax A type of tax levied on capital gains incurred by individuals and corporations. that is. 7 .GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Buy Back The buying back of outstanding shares (repurchase) by a company in order to reduce the number of shares on the market. Buyout Funding Funds provided to enable a corporation to acquire another enterprise or product line or business. Capital Gains Distribution Payments to mutual fund shareholders of profits from the sale of securities in a fund's portfolio. multiplied by the total number of shares that have been issued Capitalize When costs of items such as buildings.

Cash Flow per Share Cash flow from operating activities divided by average number of shares. Banks are reluctant to authorize loans against assets which have encumbrances and prefer a clear title. temporarily or permanently. Cash Settlement Payment for transactions done in one settlement on the due date. sold. Circuit Breaker A mechanism used to restrain the market when it gets overheated. For example. as well as all cash outflows that pay for business activities and investments during a given quarter. Members are settled through the clearing house Choppy Market A stock market condition whereby prices swing up and down considerably but with no resulting overall price movement in either direction. This represents an encumbrance on the title.50 is the change in stock price.50. to another person. 7 . Closely Held Shares The shares held by individuals closely related to a company. The Exchange may relax the limit after a cooling off period of about half an hour. and is now selling for 11. The change in stock price is the difference between the opening stock price and the current price the stock is selling at. That asset be mortgaged. The netted purchase and sale positions of the trading. Clearing House It is a legal counter party to both legs of every trade. rented or otherwise transferred. if stock XYZ opened at 10. Cash Flow Statement This document provides aggregate data regarding all cash inflows a company receives from both its ongoing operations and external investment sources. The fraction amount depends on the security being traded. The +1.50 it would be up +1. Change in Stock Price The change in stock price is recorded in points. Clear Title A title to an asset proves your legal ownerships of that asset.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Carry Forward Settlement where positions are carried forward from one settlement to another settlement.

Close The closing price is the last traded price for the stock on a particular day. Closed-End Fund Investors of such a fund buy shares from other share holders and sell shares to other investors. Commission A fee charged by brokers for their service in facilitating investment has to be handled through brokers registered on that exchange.the bank will encase your collateral so fast you'll never know what hit you till it is too late. giving the holder an ownership stake in the company. try defaulting on a loan . 7 . analysts give a consensus for a company's earnings per share and revenue. Stockholders participate in a company's profits or losses through dividends and changes in the stock's market value. It includes negotiable instruments. Common Shareholder An individual. Commodity Index An index that tracks a basket of commodities to measure their performance. Commodities are most often used as inputs in the production of other goods or services. Share price is determined by supply and demand for fund Collateral It is used to provide a guarantee for a loan. Commodity A basic good used in commerce that is interchangeable with other commodities of the same type. shares or goods and titles to immovable assets. This will also give the holder the right to vote on corporate issues such as board elections and corporate policy. Generally. Can be encased by the bank if you default in any way on repayment of interest or principle of your loan or other obligations. these figures are most often made for the quarter. The previous close is the price a stock closed on the previous day. Common Stock Equity or ownership in a corporation. If you feel that your bank works at a snail's pace. along with the right to any common dividend payments. business or institution that holds common shares in a company. Consensus Estimate A figure based on the combined estimates of the analysts covering a public company.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Closing Price The final price at which a security is traded on a given trading day. fiscal year and next fiscal year.

interrupting an uptrend in the market or asset. Dalal Street A term that refers to the Bombay Stock Exchange. Default Failure to pay back a debt. Debt to Equity (long term) Total long term debt divided by total shareholder equity. Debenture A type of debt instrument that is not secured by physical asset or collateral. The street is home not only the Bombay Stock Exchange but also a large number of other financial institutions. Most trades are entered and closed out within the same day. Both corporations and governments frequently issue this type of bond in order to secure capital. 7 . Crash A major decline in a financial market. Day Order The quantity that remains untraded is not cancelled until the end of the day.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Correction Corrections are generally temporary price declines. the major stock exchange in India.Dematerialization The move from physical certificates to electronic book keeping. De-merger A corporate strategy to sell off subsidiaries or divisions of a company. Debt An amount of money borrowed and owed by one party to another. Debt to Equity (Total) Total (short and long term) debt divided by total shareholder equity. Debentures are backed only by the general creditworthiness and reputation of the issuer. Day Trader A stock trader who holds positions for a very short time (from minutes to hours) and makes numerous trades each day. Cum Rights A share is described as cum rights when the purchaser is entitled for current rights Demat .

The DP maintains the client's securities account balances and keeps him informed about the status of holdings. financial institutions (FI's). Deferred revenue When a share is bought or sold for the purpose of receiving or effecting deliveries. banks. etc. Minimum net worth stipulation required by SEBI for registering a DP is Rs. It is comparable with a branch of 7 . etc Dematerialisation It is a process by which an investor gets physical certificates converted into electronic balances maintained in his account with the Depository Participant (DP). According to SEBI regulations. Debt Fund An investment pool. low ratio may indicate low risk. 100 crore. Deflation A general decline in prices. stocks. in which core holdings are fixed income investments. bonds. It holds securities in an account.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Debt to Equity Ratio Long-term debt divided by shareholders' equity. on request in electronic from through a registered Depository Participant (DP). It can be compared with a bank. on average. custodians. than equity funds because the overall management costs are lower. showing the relationship between long-term funds provided by creditors and funds provided by shareholder. facilitates transfers of ownership without having to handle securities and facilitates safe-keeping of shares.The fee ratios on debt funds are lower. can become DPs. Depository Participant (DP) A DP is a representative of the depository in the system. Deferred Expense Balance sheet liability reflecting expenses shown on the income statement that haven't actually been paid. Its value is determined by fluctuations in the underlying asset like commodities. the shares are 'dematerialized'. often caused by a reduction in the supply of money or credit. Delisting The removal of a listed security from the exchange on which it trades. transfers securities between accounts on the instruction of the account holder. such as a mutual fund or ETF. The derivative is a contract between two or more parties. a high ratio may indicate high risk. stockbrokers. Derivative A security whose price is dependent upon or derived from one or more underlying assets. It is the opposite of inflation. In other words. Depositories An organization which holds securities of investors.

Any increase over your purchase price is a gain. Dividend Distribution of a portion of a company's earnings. The rationale behind this technique contends that a portfolio of different kinds of investments will. live stock. The value is totally 'derived' from the value of the underlying asset such as securities.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET a bank if a Depository is likened to a bank. decided by the board of directors. 'highs' and 'lows' are relative not absolute. Never forget. yield higher returns and pose a lower risk than any individual investment found within the portfolio. etc. Options and similar other instruments are examples. diversification is essentially for investors not traders. option. commodities. Dip A drop in the price of a stock that is temporary making it the ideal time to buy the stock. For example. Discount The difference between a bond's face value and when to trade a security. Derivatives A financial contract between two or more parties based on the future value of an underlying asset. One usually gets into trouble when giving in to the thoroughly human instinct for the gap to increase (in case of gains) or decrease (in case of losses). Diversification A risk-management technique that mixes a wide variety of investments within a portfolio. Of course. and vice versa. the value of a call option on reliance (derivative) fluctuates with the price of reliance stock. future. etc. bullion. an investor would not want to combine large investment positions in airlines. to a class of its shareholders. Diversification The acquisition of a group of assets in which returns on the assets are not directly related over time. An investor seeking diversification for a securities portfolio would purchase securities of firms that re not similarly affected by the same variables. it is any hybrid contract of a pre-determined fixed duration such as forward. Proper investment diversification is intended to reduce the risk inherent in particular securities. A lot of thought goes into deciding on 7 . linked for the purpose of contract fulfillment to the value of a specified real or financial asset or to an index of securities Disinvestment The action of an organization or government selling or liquidating an asset or subsidiary. Book your profits (or cut your losses) as you go. Depreciation A non-cash accounting charge representing the loss in value of hard assents such as buildings and machinery over the accounting period. currency. on average. For instance. A DP is offered depository services only after it gets proper registration from SEBI. don't allow them to accumulate too long. trucking and automobile manufacturing because each industry is significantly affected by oil prices and interest rates. A precept common to all businesses: buy low sell high.

This. in turn. Cash dividends are paid out of corporate earnings and the percentage of earnings paid out varies from corporation to corporation. It is not mandatory for accompany to distribute dividends. Of course. Boeing. the end of a financial year. Coca-Cola. In this index.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET investment avenues because you are not looking so much at the present status of the industry but at its short. also calculates averages for utility stocks. Chevron. The wonders of globalization! You don't have enough problems trying to understand the trend of Mumbai stock prices. Dividend Per Share The amount of dividend paid out per share. Generally. Disney. you also have to keep in touch with global trends. Dividend Yield Total of 12-months' dividend paid (historical or forecast) divided by the latest share price. 7 . You can do it! Dividend Cash payment made to the shareholders out of the profits of the company. The limit fluctuates in line with the market price of the shares. if a company is stingy on its dividend policy. but many times it is less. But in this case it is based on the market values of shares put up as collateral against a loan. there are 30 industrial stocks thought to be representative of industrial stocks in general. General Motors and IBM. Is that fat fee you are paying your stock analyst looking more reasonable now? Drawing Power Valuation Valuation in stock markets affects your drawing power and hence your loan taking ability as it is reviewed from time to time as per the applicable market value adopted by the bank. transportation stocks and bonds. for instance. Just a few of the 30 companies in the DJIA are: American Express. Documentation The papers that are needed to process your loan application. a financial and investment publisher based in New York . A stock dividend gives the shareholders additional shares of stock or a fraction thereof. but you should also learn to recognize factors that may impact a particular industry. The price used is usually the market price at the end of the period under review. rather than cash. the percentage of corporate earnings paid out runs from 40 to 80 per cent. Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) A stock index (one of many) commonly used as an indicator of changes in the general level of the stock market prices in United States . AT&T. even zero. it is not going to find many investors. requires that you take into an account innumerable factors that could affect the health of the industry. Bethlehem Steel. It is like an overdraft limit. You will not be directly concerned at what happens on the Dow. Dow Jones & Company. where the corporation keeps its entire earnings. the Dow average is global leader and is usually reflected by exchange around the world. This calls for clear thinking and common sense. (Dividend rate x nominal value of share)/100. At the same time.or mid-term future. But remember. you can always take an analyst's help.

Usually when a merger. Equities Another name for shares. Effective Interest Rates The compounded interest rate calculated on the actual inflows and outflows of cash. Equity per Share Shows how much of a company's equity one share represents. Emerging Markets Developing countries. EPS .Earnings Per Share EPS is the earning on each share of a company ESOP . the market believes that the company will generate extra value. Also known as operating income. 7 . EMI Equated monthly installments to be paid by the borrower in repayment of the loan taken (includes principal and interest). Equity divided by number of shares at the close of the period.Earnings Before Interest. lenders prefer that you do not repay your loan before the agreed term. Taxes. you see. If you think you can save some interest by pre-paying your loan be sure your EMI agreement does not contain a pre-payment penalty. employee benefit plan designed to invest primarily in the stock of the sponsoring employer. EBITDA . Due Diligence .DD An investigation or audit of a potential investment. sale or acquisition of a company is intended Downgrade A negative change in the rating of a security. Depreciation and Amortization EBITDA is a good metric to evaluate profitability EBIT Effective before interest and taxes. In the bizarre world of loan finance.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Due Diligence The process whereby an in-depth examination of a company's business prospects is conducted. If the market price is greater than the equity per share. They lose interest.Employee Stock Ownership Plan A qualified. defined contribution.

Ex-Dividend The trading of shares when a declared dividend belongs to the seller rather than the buyer. 7 . Earnings Estimate An analyst's estimate for a company's future quarterly or annual earnings. that is. what happens in the famous Hollywood movie 'Indecent Exposure' is nowhere the bank could do to you if you do not reduce your exposure. The seller remains the beneficiary.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Ex Bonus A Share is described as ex dividend when the buyer is not entitled for the dividend. Equity Fund A mutual fund that invests in a broad. Earnings Surprise When the earnings reported in a company's quarterly or annual report are above or below analysts' earnings estimates. FCCB . Exposure Limit The limit allowed to the broker by his exchange or to the customer by broker. Ex rights shares are cheaper than Cum Rights and offer a good 'buy' opportunity for investment oriented players.Foreign Currency Convertible Bond A type of convertible bond issued in a currency different than the issuer's domestic currency. The seller remains the beneficiary. Exposure When the value of your asset/product pledged with a bank against loan is reduced by market price fluctuation or for other reasons. And when a bank feels insecure. It is the total value up to which one is allowed to hold open positions at any point of time. Exponential Moving Average . Expiry Date The date and time after which a writer of an option cannot exercise his rights. it increases your 'exposure'. except that more weight is given to the latest data.EMA A type of moving average that is similar to a simple moving average. Extended Hours Trading Trades executed before or beyond normal market hours. The day after dividends is paid! Ex Rights A share is described as ex rights when the buyer is not entitled for the Rights. well-diversified group of stocks. the bank feels insecure about the return of the loan.

Futures Contract An agreement between parties for specified asses for performance on a fixed day in future. FII .GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET FDI . 7 . Fundamental Analysis Fundamental analysis is to produce a value that an investor can compare with the security's current price in hopes of figuring out what sort of position to take on that stock. Flat Rate of Interest Percentage representation of the amount of annual interest on the total loan amount. Float The number of shares outstanding minus what is owned by insiders and what the company is holding back (treasury stock.Foreign Direct Investment An investment abroad. Financial Porn A slang term used to describe sensationalist reports of financial news and products causing irrational buying that can be detrimental to investors' financial health.Foreign Institutional Investor An investor or investment fund that is from or registered in a country outside of the one in which it is currently investing. quantity and quality of a futures contract is standardized and specified while the price is set at the time a contract is opened and is negotiated between buyers and sellers. it is the original cost of the share shown on the certificate. The delivery period. A futures contract is a legally binding agreement to buy or sell commodities to buy or sell commodities or financial securities at fixed time in the future at a price agreed upon today. Fiscal Year Any 12-month period that a company uses for accounting purposes.) Fully Paid Shares Shares issued in which no more money is required to be paid to the company by shareholders on the value of the shares. Fund Of Funds A mutual fund that invests in other mutual funds. For shares. Futures are traded either electronically or via open outcry on a traded either electronically or via open outcry on a trading floor on the Exchange offering the particular contract. Face Value The nominal value of a security stated by the issuer. usually where the company being invested in is controlled by the foreign corporation.

and/or research and development. Gilt Fund A mutual fund that invests in several different types of medium and long-term government securities in addition to top quality corporate debt.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Futures A financial contract obligating the buyer to purchase an asset (or a seller to sell an asset) at a predetermined date and price. Goodwill The amount by which a company's shareholder equity exceeds the value of its hard assets. The shares are held by a foreign branch of an international bank. GDR . Gross Margin Gross profit divided by sales. Green Field Investment A form of foreign direct investment where a parent company starts a new venture in a foreign country by constructing new operational facilities from the ground up. and thereby invests in companies that reinvest their earnings into expansion.Global Depositary Receipt A bank certificate issued in more than one country for shares in a foreign company. 7 . standards and procedures that companies use to compile their financial statements. Also known as Initial public offering (IPO). Greenshoe Option A provision contained in an underwriting agreement that gives the underwriter the right to sell investors more shares than originally planned by the issuer. Growth Fund A diversified portfolio of stocks that has capital appreciation as its primary goal. Going Public The process of selling shares that were formerly privately held to new investors for the first time. Guidance Information that a company provides as an indication or estimate of their future earnings. GAAP .Generally Accepted Accounting Principles The common set of accounting principles. acquisitions. GDP The forfeited output of a country's economy.

but are expected to grow. Let's say you buy a new offering at Rs.10. or wait for a further increase. Hot Stock A stock whose price rises quickly the day it goes public. you have to look for another investment avenue where the return is less but the risk is also correspondingly less. Like when you may like to cover possible loss by also backing the horse for a place. weekly. on the first day of listing on the exchange it is quoted at Rs. What would you do if. Haircut The difference between prices at which a market maker can buy and sell a security. For example using a futures a contract to reduce the impact of price fluctuations in a cash or physical market. Gross profit is sales minus cost of sales. Hammering The rapid and concentrated sale of a stock thought to be overvalued by the market. since there is no win or place.25? Sell. High The highest price that was paid for a security during a certain time period. but the high for the year can be 50. Never let him down.which does not mean that you will not lose your collateral if you default on repayment. It helps to know the price history of a security over a period of time as an additional support for current buy or sell decision. the lender can sell your collateral to realize his payments. 7 . With a little paper work. the high for the day can be 20. For example. Guarantor A person who promises to pay your debts if you are unable to pay them yourself. The same old choice: should I sell now and make a profit or wait for a while in hope that the price will go up further? Hypothecation Pledging assets against a loan using properties such as securities as collateral for loan. A hedger takes an equal and opposite position in the futures market to the one he holds in the equity market.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Gross Profit Profit a company makes on goods and services before considering overhead expenses. He's like money in a bank. Hedging A practice of taking one market position to offset potential losses in another. but not transferring legal ownership to the lender . If you find a good guarantor. This can be expressed daily. and monthly or for a 52-week period. In securities trading. Growth Stocks Stocks that pay low dividends. hand on to him. Strictly for long term investors who have a vision for the future and are not interested in maximizing short term profits.

IPO The first sale of stock by a private company to the public. Hedge Fund An aggressively managed portfolio of investments that uses advanced investment strategies such as leverage. Initial Public Offering . long.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Hedge Making an investment to reduce the risk of adverse price movements in an asset. usually by the use of an automated program. Sectored indices like Industrial. Holding Period In a long position. are a miniscule percent of the total listed shares. Index A statistical measure of change in an economy or a securities market. a hedge consists of taking an offsetting position in a related security. an index is essentially an imaginary portfolio of securities representing a particular market or a portion of it. such as a futures contract. but in terms of value of trade and market capitalization. In a short sale. usually on the same day. These 30 stocks. banking. Utilities. short and derivative positions in both domestic and international markets with the goal of generating high returns. Normally the index components are the highly traded stocks of that exchange. In And Out The purchase and sale of a security within a short period of time. in number. they represent anything up to 85 per cent. for the purpose of hiding the actual order quantity. the length of time for which the short position is held. Iceberg Order A large single order that has been divided into smaller lots. Income Statement A record of a company's sales and expenses over a particular year or quarter Index / Indices An index is managed and publishes either by a stock exchange or a professional financial and investment body. 7 . holding period refers to the time between an asset's purchase and its sale. In the case of financial markets. Usually they represent about 80 to 85 percent of the market capitalization and trading. It is representative of the market sentiment. The BSE Sensex is based on 30 stocks as is New York 's Dow average. Income Fund A mutual fund that seeks to provide stable current income by investing in securities that pay interest or dividends. etc is made up of the highly traded stocks in that particular sector. Normally. Industry Group Companies in related businesses.

you can afford to speculate in higher risk stocks. it means it is rising at the rate of 2 percent per year based on current prices. this means he pays more for what he uses. For the common man. Contrary to what you might think after some time on the stock exchange. it could be both good and bad news. a surge in construction activities or higher government taxes? There could be a number of reasons. rather than an increase in the companies own business activity. Insider Information Any knowledge about a company. But the system is being tightened up so think twice before you place that buy order for XYZ shares. should you hold on to them. If you are holding cement shares. when the inflation rate is 2 percent. If you can't leave it your analyst. For instance if your daughter-in-law's sister's husband is working for a large public limited organization and lets fall during a family get-together that his company is planning to buy company XYZ and you immediately place a buy order for XYZ shares. It is legally in most countries for anyone to make a securities trade based on what they believe to be inside trading result in large fines or imprisonment or both. each of them having a different impact on the fundamentals of the cement industry. or securities not generally available to the public gained from a source inside the company.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Inflation Increase in the prices for goods and services. Inorganic Growth A growth in the operations of a business that arises from mergers or takeovers. But remember you have to keep an eye on the fundamentals of the company. buy more or sell? Try and figure it out. there really are such stocks. The rate at which prices are rising. If cement prices are going up. is it because there is a shortage in output. its products. which it's numerous levels of appeals. 7 . and. Income Stocks Stocks that have consistently paid high dividends. Consistent does not mean ?for ever?. In India . For the stock market player. but the system is so widespread and disparate and the judicial system. so time consuming and cumbersome that most insider trades are seldom reported or detected. that would be insider trading. purchasing power is falling. Inflation The rate at which the general level of prices for goods and services is rising. Inflation Rate An important economic indicator. So. It does not mean that anything you buy will now cost you 2 percent more than it did last time. Index Fund A portfolio of investments that is weighted the same as a stock-exchange index in order to mirror its performance. When you find one grab it and cherish it till death or inflation do you part if you have good base of income stocks. subsequently. SEBI is trying to improve its monitoring system.

and act as finders in private placement of securities. involved in taking a new company public IPO. unit investment trusts. Insider Trading The buying or selling of a security by someone who has access to material. Intrinsic Value A term favored by value oriented fundamental analysts to express the actual value of a corporation. consulting on mergers and acquisitions. Institutional Ownership Shares of a company owned by pension funds. so spend lavishly on her. etc. Investments may also include artwork. maintain markets for securities already distributed. bonds. etc Institutional Investor A non-bank person or organization that trades securities in large enough share quantities or dollar amounts that they qualify for preferential treatment and lower commissions. either through secondary offering or through negotiations. Usually calculated by adding the current value of estimated future earning to the book value. Payment made at periodic investments on an investment. 7 . certificates of deposit.Examples include stocks. mutual funds. banks. An intermediary between an issuer of securities and the investing public. nonpublic information about the security. handling corporate borrowing. Investment Bank An organization. It is illegal when the material information is still nonpublic. usually a stock brokerage firm. antiques and real estate. Also. your wife's jeweler is an investment.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Insider Information Material information about a company's activities that has not been disclosed to the public. Insider trading can be illegal or legal depending on when the insider makes the trade. Interest Money charged by a lender to a borrower for the use of his or her money. mutual fund. Investment Anything of value purchased to provide capital appreciation and /or income. Intangibles Soft assets such as patents. For instance the trades during the first two hours or last two hours of the trading day. They handle the distribution of blocks of previously issued securities. that would be speculation not investment). as opposed to the current value based on the stock price. Intraday Stock trading tracked in periods shorter than one day. financial institutions. trademarks. money market funds and collectibles (not lottery tickets. etc.

he repays the broker the loan amount and keeps the profit himself. For corporations. Key Performance Indicators . as when an investor borrows money from his broker ?on margin' and so is able to buy more stock than he otherwise could. usually between 90 to 180 days. Issue Any securities of a company. warrants. IRR (Internal Rate of Returns) Internal Rate of Return is the rate at which the lender accounts for interest. and finished goods that have not been shipped to customers. During these initial days of trading. The market value of the company rises and so do its shares. not through debt but by offering the prospect of a high return for little or no investment.KPI A set of quantifiable measures that a company or industry uses to gauge or compare performance in terms of meeting their strategic and operational goals. Rights. IPO Lock-Up A contractual caveat referring to a period of time after a company has initially gone public. Lead Underwriter Brokerage house in charge of IPO. futures and option contracts also provide leverage. keeping the current entities untouched to start a business. Because of this effect. the greater the financial leverage. financial leverage is popularly called ?trading on the equity'. By borrowing money he has achieved a higher return on his investment than if he had paid for all the stock himself. work in process.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET IPO (Initial Public Offering) Equity or other issue which is presented to the market for the first time. it refers to the ratio of debt (in the form of bonds and preferred stock outstanding) to equity (in the form of common stock outstanding) In the company's capital structure. Leverage Any means of increasing value and return by borrowing funds or committing less of one's own money. or the act of distributing such securities. Inventory Raw materials. Shareholders benefit from this financial leverage to the extent that the return on the borrowed money exceeds the interest costs of borrowing it. If the stock goes up. The more long-term debt there is. company insiders or those holding majority stakes in the company are forbidden to sell any of their shares. 7 . leverage can involve debt. Joint Venture Two companies joining together to start a new entity. For individuals. Interim Dividend A dividend payment made before a company's AGM and final financial statements.

or money value of shares traded daily.the FII sees a better opportunity elsewhere in the world. which is a percentage of the market value of the stocks pledged. or commodity.) only if the price rises to a specified level. etc. Long-term Gain A gain on the sale of a capital asset where the holding period was twelve months or more and profit was subject to the long-term capital gains tax. security. That's where the money will go.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET The downside: most individuals pledge existing stocks with their bankers or brokers for the loan. Liquidity A measure of the number of shares. Limit Order A market order that specifies the highest or lowest price at which the customer is willing to trade securities. Say you have pledged stocks worth Rs. Liability A financial obligation or debt. It is the opposite of a short position. can make more money on an investment on the BSE than the U. investor (FII). A U. The legal definition of short term and long term capital gains varies from country. Liquidity is one of the most important characteristics. The lender is immediately going to ask you to pledge more stocks (or pay cash) to bring the level up to 200 per cent of the loan. today. This is when the market falls and we have what is known as a ?bear' market.S.50 (50 per cent). 7 . This decision-making is necessary to cut losses due to lower prices or sudden reverses in rising share prices. Load Funds Mutual funds that carry a sales commission. Load A sales commission paid when you buy (front-end) or sell (back-end) a mutual fund. contact. So is taxation based on those classifications? This is one of the reasons investors buy and sell stocks around the world. Now suppose the market value of the pledged stocks goes down to Rs. Mutual funds and other institutional buyers prefer high liquidity stocks so they can easily move in and out of positions.75.S. The day-even minute . The market must also adapt quickly to new information and incorporate that information into the stock's price. Multiply this instance by thousands and you can imagine the margin pressure that is exerted on the market.100 on the market against which you are given a loan of Rs. Long Position A bull position in a security. An order to a broker to buy a certain stock (future. bourse. To buy or hold a long position is the state of actually owning a stock. Depth of market to absorb buy and sell activity of even large orders at prices appropriate to supply and demand. Leveraged Buy Out Take over of a public corporation using borrowed funds.

100.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Long-term Investments Balance sheet item reflecting investments in other companies.200. etc. Trading lots can comprise 5. The margin for demat shares is35 percent. Such number makes round lots. M&A .Mergers And Acquisitions A merger is a combination of two companies to form a new company. Losing Your Shirt In the investment world. Lot A fixed minimum number in which shares are bought and sold. Margin Call A broker's demand on an investor using margin to deposit additional money or securities so that the margin account is brought up to the minimum maintenance margin. Margins are at the sole discretion of the bank and may even vary from scrip to scrip. For example. This can be expressed daily. Margin Borrowed money that is used to purchase securities. Low (price) The lowest price a security or commodity has reached in a certain period of time such as a daily low or annual low. His exposure limit is fixed based on the margin money brought in by him. then it will have to pledge shares worth Rs. Limit Order An order placed with a brokerage to buy or sell a set number of shares at a specified price or better. anything less makes odd lots. this expression is used to describe a very bad investment that causes an investor to lose everything he or she has invested. The difference in the value of shares pledged and the loan amount sanctioned. while an acquisition is the purchase of one company by another with no new company being formed. If one wants to borrow Rs. a long-term asset can be held for as little as one year or for as long as 15 years or more. The margin for physical shares is 50 percent (that is you can borrow only up to 50 percent of the values of your pledged shares. 50 or 100 shares depending on the face value of shares. Helps you understand whether today's price is an aberration or a logical extensive of a trend. An upfront payment made by the customer to take a position in the market. weekly. 10. but the low for the year can be 5. the low for the day can be 10. monthly. or for a 52 week period. Depending on the type of security. Liquidity The degree to which an asset or security can be bought or sold in the market without affecting the asset's price. 7 . Long Term Holding an asset for an extended period of time.

negative case flow may indicate that fund managers may need to liquidate some holdings to meet redemption requirements. Additionally. Market Liquidity Use to track money flow into and out of the markets. Also known as "market price". draft. Mark to Market A notional profit or loss of a long or short position as compared to the current market price. Market lots The minimum trading lot on a stock exchange.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Market Capitalization Total market value of the company on the stock exchange. Positive cash flow can serve as an indicator that fund managers have cash to put into the markets at the next buying opportunity. Conversely. Maturity Date The date on which the principal amount of a note. however mergers increase market liquidity. Medium Term An intermediate period of time to hold an asset. IPO's reduce market liquidity. Market Perform Market perform is a neutral assessment of a stock and is neither strongly positive or negative. Market Order An order where no price specification is mentioned at the time of placement and market prices apply. the market lot is just one share. Total number of shares multiplied by the official price quoted on the stock exchange. Market Price It is the price a particular stock is currently selling for during the operating hours of the stock market. typically through the use of technical indicators or economic data. Market Value The current quoted price at which investors buy or sell a share of common stock or a bond at a given time. Market Timing The act of attempting to predict the future direction of the market. On compulsorily dematerialized shares for all classes of investors. Market Open/Close Price. acceptance bond or other debt instrument becomes due and is repaid to the investor and interest payments stop. It is the last sale price of a particular stock on the previous day. 7 . Authorization for a broker to buy or sell securities at the best price that can be negotiated at the moment.

it's best to avoid stocks trading below both their 50 -and 200-day MAs. that determine the size and rate of growth of the money supply. 7 . It is in your interest to pledge the shares of an number of companies when you take a loan. Money Supply The amount of money in circulation. Moving averages are one way to view historical price levels. In today's market. The linger the averaging period. Money Market The securities market dealing in short-term debt and monetary instruments. The 10-day Moving Average (MA) is the average closing price for the past 10 days. strong earnings growth. Municipal Bonds Debt instrument issued by a state or local agency. and increasing earnings forecasts. Not for amateur investors. may include relative strength only. whose shares have to be offered as security for obtaining loans. Banks also profitability of a number of companies.000 crore Monetary Policy The actions of a reserve bank of india. Minimum Number of Companies Accepted The minimum number of companies. Stocks are said to be in an uptrend when above their MA and in a downtrend when below. Many investors look at both. Momentum Analysis Usually involves looking for stocks in a strong uptrend (high relative strength). It is possible to weight more recent prices by linearly or exponentially smoothing the average lines. bonds and other securities. For example. the more lag you will see between the average and the most recent prices. Long -term investors tend to look at the 200-day MA while active traders are more likely to pay attention to the 50-day MA. which in turn affects interest rates. in case of IDBI Bank the shares to be offered as security should be of at least of two companies. Each shareholder participates in the gain or loss of the fund. The Reserve Bank of India attempts to control the growth of the economy by regulating the increase or decrease in money supply. A moving average represents data in a manner that smoothens fluctuations and highlights possible trends. The most widely followed MAs are 50 days and 200 days. Units are issued and can be redeemed as needed. As a general rule. Moving averages take into account some number of price periods (a new period is added and the oldest is dropped from the calculation) to show average price over time. Moving Average A rolling set of averages calculated over a time series of values. if the value of some shares drop in the market they may be offset by the other shares which have risen in price.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Mid Cap Companies having a market capitalization between Rs 500 crore and Rs 1. Mutual Fund A security that gives small investors access to a well-diversified portfolio of equities.

Non-operating Expense Expenses not due to the basic business of company.Net Asset Value The total value of the fund's portfolio less liabilities. The total market value divided by the total number of units of the scheme on a specific date is the NAV. but only reinvest the return on the existing portfolio. NAV . is calculated throughout the trading day. divided by number of shares. They also have the benefit of professional managers overseeing their money who have the time and expertise to analyze and pick securities. and is related to the total value of the Index. Units in closed -end funds. or shareholders. stand ready to buy back their old shares and are not normally listed in exchanges. Its basically marketing with for an investor with limited funds and/or limited knowledge of the market. Non-operating Income Income not derived from basic business of company 7 .To simplify.S.The Index is market value weighted. Capital is contributed by smaller investors who buy shares in the mutual fund rather than the individual stocks and bonds in its portfolio. Net Asset Value (NAV) is the market value of the securities held by the scheme of a Mutual Fund. No-load Fund0073 Mutual funds that do not carry a sales commission. This system allows small investors to participate in the reduced risk of large and diverse portfolio that they could not otherwise afford to build themselves. some of which are listed on stock Exchanges. they issue more units as people want them. are readily transferable in the open market and are bought and sold. such as the ability to write cheques against their units. like other stock. NASDAQ Composite Index The NASDAQ Composite Index measures all NASDAQ domestic and non-U. also there are several open ended mutual funds which are insurance linked. open and closed ended. Open -end funds sells their own shares to investors. These funds do not accept new contributions from investors. The return on the funds holdings is distributed back to its contributors.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Mutual Fund A portfolio of stocks. minus various fees and commissions. the NAV is the value today of your unit.NAV varies on a day-to-day basis since the market value of securities changes regularly. Open-end funds are so called because their capitalization is not fixed. Many open-ended funds allow contributors extra perks. This means that each company's security affects the Index in proportion to its market by total shares outstanding. Net Asset Value per Share Equity excluding minority interests. bonds or other securities administered by a team of one or more managers from an investment company who make buy and sell decisions on component securities. There are two types of mutual funds. The mutual funds which are insurance linked. if you hold a unit in a mutual fund. Net Profit Ratio Profit from operations as a percentage of revenue. based common stocks listed on the NASDAQ stock Market.

One Night Stand Investment Buying a security with the intention of holding it for the long term.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Normalized Earnings Profits a company can be expected to achieve taking out cyclical effects and unusual events such as onetime write-offs caused by late product releases. Opening Price Opening price is normally determined by the price at which a stock finished selling on the previous day. is the stock 7 . the fund will continue to issue shares no matter how many investors there are. NSE National Stock Exchange Odd Lots Stocks sold in quantities of less than a specified minimum number. Open-end funds also buy back shares when investors wish to sell. Open Offer A secondary market offering that is similar to a rights issue in which a shareholder is given the opportunity to purchase stock at a price that is lower than the current market price. customer bankruptcies and the like. and is based on a percentage of the last traded of the previous day. For example. Offering Price The price at which publicly issued securities are made available for purchase. Open Order A limit order that does not expire at the end of the trading day. NSCCL National Securities Clearing Corporation Limited. The Clearing Corporation of the National Stock Exchange. Online Trading The act of placing buy/sell orders for financial securities and/or currencies with the use of a brokerage's internet-based proprietary trading platforms. Offer The price at which a share is available in the market. Generally. If demand is high enough. It is like a limit or circuit. but subsequently panicking and selling it the following day. it costs less to trade in round lots. Most exchange has limits of how high or low the stock can trade on the following day. Open End Fund A type of mutual fund where there are no restrictions on the amount of shares the fund will issue.

or just about anything else the company feels like excluding to make its earnings look better. and if XYZ stock finished selling ay 20. 7 . earnings excluding special items or operating earnings. Overbought Refers to a stock that has risen sharply in price or to the market as a whole after a period of vigorous buying which. Operating Margin Operating income divided by sales. This reduces the scope of overnight off-market deals which are illegal. This excludes any profits or growth acquired from takeovers. A single security or a market which. depreciation and amortization charges.00 the previous day then the maximum or minimum opening price the following day will be 22. Order Modification A facility available in the trading system where one is allowed to modify an earlier order. severance pay.00 and 18. Order Cancellation A facility available in the trading system where one is allowed to cancel the order placed earlier. it is sometimes said. Also applies sometimes to overbought situations. has left prices "too high". it is believed has declined to an unreasonable level. Usually. Oversubscribed A situation in which the demand for an initial public offering of securities exceeds the number of shares issued. ongoing earnings. if they shriek loud enough. Also known as core earnings. this is where everybody starts screaming "scam" and.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET exchange has a upper or lower limit of 10. Operating Income Sales minus all expenses except income taxes and other items not relaxed to basic business. acquisitions or mergers. Oversold The reverse of over-bought.00. SEBI starts a probe. Changes in levels of inventories. Also see Free Cash Flow. Operating Cash Flow Surplus cash generated from a company's basic operations without regard to income tax entries such as depreciation and amortization. Organic Growth The growth rate that a company can achieve by increasing output and enhancing sales. Operating Earnings Earnings without considering certain expenses such as inventory write downs. accounts receivable and accounts payable also affect cash flow.

or bond that is written on the certificate. Penny Stocks This term is typical to the USA stock markets. bonds and mutuals . When a bull market is raging. These stocks offer larger returns but at higher risk. Portfolio The group of assets . Low-priced issues. In India they are called low-Capped stocks and BSE has a separate index for them. Poison Pill Steps taken by a corporation to thwart a hostile takeover attempt. If they are successful. Payout Ratio Percentage of earnings paid out in dividends. Pledge To deposit securities with a lender as security for money borrowed. they can purchase the stock at bargain prices. A small group of informed people attempt to push down a stock by spreading false information and rumors. or it might issue preferred shares giving holders the right to redeem their shares at a discount after a merger. It is not unusual. For instance.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET P/E Ratio . Frequently used as a term of disparagement although some penny stocks have developed into investment-caliber issues.held by an investor. often highly speculative. Par Value The face value of a bond. Par Value The face value or the price of a share. debenture. to find the index for these stocks outpacing the Sensex. It is not the market price. Poop And Scoop A highly illegal practice occurring mainly on the Internet. a company could issue rights to purchase shares at a substantial discount after a merger. Pay In The designated day on which the members pay securities and fund to the clearing house. 7 .such as stocks. Pay Out The designated day on which the Clearing House effects payment and deliveries to the membersPension Fund A fund established by an employer to facilitate and organize the investment of employees' retirement funds contributed by the employer and employees.Price-Earnings Ratio PE ratio or PE multiples is the ratio arrived by dividing Current market Price by Earnings per share of that stock. selling at less than $1 a share.

Mostly these types of stocks pay a fixed dividend regardless of corporate earnings and have priority over common stock in the payment of dividends. If interest rates fall. Public Company A company that has issued securities through an initial public offering and which are traded on at least one stock exchange. In other words. Pump And Dump A scheme attempting to boost the price of a stock through recommendations based on false. For options markets. However. misleading. the premium is synonymous with the options price. Debt instruments. the premium is the amount by which the price exceeds the face. Pro-Rata Used to describe a proportionate allocation. and should earnings rise significantly the preferred holder is stuck with the same fixed dividend while common holders collect more. or par value. Profit Taking The action of selling stock to cash in on a sharp rise. This action pushes prices down temporarily.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Preferred Stock A class of ownership in a corporation that has a higher claim on the assets and earnings than common stock. The fixed income stream of preferred stock makes it similar in may ways to bonds. Private Company A company whose ownership is private. For bonds and preferred stock. Price Target A projected price level as stated by an investment analyst or advisor. it carries no voting rights. you have to pay a little extra upfront if you want to be shielded from the fluctuations of enquiry stock. It is like a fixed deposit in a bank. you can congratulate yourself on a wise decision. 7 . Premium The difference between the higher price paid for a fixed-income security and the security's face amount at issue. or greatly exaggerated statements. Public Offering The sale of equity shares or other financial instruments by an organization to the public in order to raise funds for business expansion and investment. Preferred shareholders are paid a head of common stock holders in the event the corporation is liquidated. You are stuck with a fixed return regardless of how high interest rates climb. On the other hand. Convertible preferred shares can be converted into common stock according to predetermined conditions.

earnings per share. Rights Offering (Issue) Issuing rights to a company's existing shareholders to buy a proportional number of additional securities at a given price (usually at a discount) within a fixed period.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET QOQ . or mutual fund. Record Date The date established by an issuer of a security for the purpose of determining the holders who are entitled to receive a dividend. but which it cannot exceed. earnings from continuing operations and net sales. Redemption The return of an investor's principal in a security. bond. for a certain period of time. Rally A period of sustained increases in the prices of stocks or indexes. such as a stock. Rematerialisation Process of converting the shares from electronic form to physical form.Quarter on Quarter A measuring technique that calculates the change between one financial quarter and the previous financial quarter. Redemption Fee Fee charged when you sell a mutual fund. rights or bonus. Resistance The price at which a stock or market can trade. This is similar to the year over year measure. which compares the quarter of one year (Q1 2007) to the same quarter of the previous year (Q1 2006). The highest bid to buy and the lowest offer to sell any stock at a given time. Research and Development (R&D) Costs of developing new products and services. Included in earnings reports are items such as net income. Quote Prices at which a share can be bought or sold. Quick Ratio Cash and cash equivalents plus accounts receivables divided by current liabilities. Quarterly Earnings Report A quarterly filing made by public companies to report their performance. if you have not held the fund for the prescribed minimum time. Registrar An institution or organization that is responsible for keeping records of bondholders and shareholders. 7 .

Return on Equity After tax income (latest 12 months) divided by shareholders equity (from balance sheet). SEBI .GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Resistance Historical price level at which rising prices have stopped rising and either moved sideways or reversed direction. or risen to resistance. Revenue A company's sales.Securities And Exchange Board Of India The regulatory body for the investment market in India. plus other long term liabilities. Rollover A point where a stock price has fallen to support. Road Show Presentations made by underwriters and IPO company officials to institutional buyers to create interest in the offering. Rights Issue Issue of new shares to the existing shareholders at a price which is normally lower than the current market price of the old shares. Round Lots Stocks sold in specified share quantities. Return on investments After tax income (latest 12 months) divided by total of shareholders equity plus long term debt.Profit after tax and minority interests as a percentage of average equity excluding minority interests. and then reverses the up or down trend convincingly. it is issued in a fixed ratio to those shares which are already held. usually seen as a price chart pattern. Return on Assets After tax income divided by total assets. 7 . Profit from operations plus financial income as a percentage of average capital employed. Saturday Night Special A slang term used to refer to a surprise takeover attempt. Risk The potential to lose money (principal and any earnings) or not to make on an investment.

Simple Moving Average . moving average that is calculated by adding the closing price of the security for a number of time periods and then dividing this total by the number of time periods.SMA A simple. It is composed of 30 of the largest and most actively-traded stocks on the BSE. Stop-Limit Order An order placed with a broker that combines the features of stop order with those of a limit order. Short Term Holding an asset for short period of time. It is a company with a market capitalization less than Rs 500 crore. company. or other institution that owns at least 1 share in a company. Spinoff The creation of an independent company through the sale or distribution of new shares of an existing business/division of a parent company. Settlement Date The date by which an executed security trade must be settled. Share Capital Funds raised by issuing shares in return for cash or other considerations. Small Cap Refers to stocks with a relatively small market capitalization. The two main types of shares are common shares and preferred shares.the benchmark index of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). A stoplimit order will be executed at a specified price (or better) after a given stop price has been reached. Short Sale A market transaction in which an investor sells borrowed securities in anticipation of a price decline and is required to return an equal amount of shares at some point in the future. Shares A unit of ownership interest in a corporation or financial asset. Shareholder Any person. the date by which a buyer must pay for the securities delivered by the seller. That is. Sensex An abbreviation of the Bombay Exchange Sensitive Index (Sensex) . 7 .GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Sector Fund An investment fund that makes investments solely in businesses that operate in a particular industry or sector of the economy. or arithmetic.

Theoretically. a stock has had difficulty falling below. Short Covering Buying stock to return stock previously borrowed to make delivery on a short sale. Selling Short The reverse of the usual stock market technique. if you sell short 100 shares of XYZ Corporation at 50. The practice of short selling involves borrowing shares of a security from your broker and immediately selling them at the current price. there is more risk involved with short selling because a stock price could continue to rise forever and the short seller's loss could be infinite. Support The price level which.00 a share can.00 a share and the price of the stock drops to 35.00. however. usually for product development. beta stage development. Settlement The process of paying for stocks you purchase. Not for the common investor. short selling is based on the anticipation that a particular security price will go down. pilot projects. It is designed to limit an investor's loss on a security position. and therefore becomes a part owner of the corporation. 7 . historically. commercial production or marketing. you buy back an equal number of shares on the open market and use them to cover the shares you borrowed from your broker. A stock purchased at 10. Shares A unit representing a measure of ownership in a corporation. Then as the price of that security declines. but it will be accompanied by some odd looks. For instance.00 a share. not covering launch expenses. Most stock transactions must be settled within three business days. your profit is 15. or receiving credit from your broker for the stocks you sell.Book value is the shareholders equity divided by the number of outstanding shares. only fall to zero and that is the maximum loss that would be incurred. etc. Shareholder A person who buys stock in a corporation. typically provided by angel (venture) investors. unless you are very sure of yourself. Short sellers lose when the price of the stock ascends rather than descends. This does not mean you should walk into a Reliance office and ask for a glass of water. and make a profit. You will get the water as a matter of courtesy.00. Shareholders Equity The difference between the totals of assets and liabilities shown on a company's balance sheet. or 1500.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Stop-Loss Order An order placed with a broker to sell a security when it reaches a certain price. Carefully check all tips on short sales before deciding to act on them. Seed Capital A small amount of capital provided to an entrepreneur.

Most stock exchange have a rigid rules regarding short selling. Standard Deviation A measure of a mutual fund or stock's historical volatility. For example. then sell the stock. Short-term Debt Borrowing that must be repaid within one year. the price of the stock is currently 60 a share. Solvency Ratio Equity excluding minority interests as at year-end as a percentage of liabilities and equity at year-end. As in a split the total stock holders equity remains the same. as of a particular date.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Short Position Stock options. A reverse split is where the total number of shares is decreased and the stock price increases proportionally. Spot Trading Trading in commodities that will be delivered immediately. Split An increase in the number of shares outstanding. A short sale can only take place on an "up tick"" or 'zero-plus tick'. a company declares a "3 for 1 " stock split. Short-term Investments Stocks and other liquid securities. Short-term Gain The profit realized from the sale of securities or other capital assets held twelve months or less. The player should ascertain these rules from a registered broker of the exchange. (Also called cash trading) Spread The spread is the difference between the bid price and the offer price. To go short you "borrow" stock from the broker/dealer. Speculators Investors who seek large capital gains through relatively risky investments. Short Sale To sell a stock you do not currently own. a shareholder with 100 shares before the split would have 300 shares after the split with a value of 20 a share. This increase in the number of shares result in the proportionate decrease of share price. 7 . with the intent to buy the stock back at a lower price than you had initially sold it for. Short position also means the total amount of stock an individual has sold short and has not covered. The shareholders equity does not change. or future contracts sold and not covered as of particular date.

NRIs and overseas Corporate Bodies (OCB) are not eligible for registration as sub-accounts. Alternately.These order types instruct the broker to execute at market once a specific price level is reached and traded at. This order is very often referred to as a "stop loss" order. and (2) Foreign corporate and foreign individuals who are not allowed to exceed 5 percent of the issued capital. Stock Option Contract allowing holder to buy or sell given number of shares of a particular stock at a given price by a certain date. the acquiring company will make an offer for the outstanding shares. usually watermarked and patterned to make it hard to forge. Stop Order An order to buy or sell a security conditioned on a specific price. 7 . or portfolios (established outside India ) whether incorporated or not and corporate and individuals on whose behalf investments are proposed to be made in India by a Foreign Institutional Investor. making a total of three. There are two categories of sub-accounts : (1) broad-based/proprietary sub-accounts which are allowed to individually invest up to 10% of the total issued capital. A buy is placed above current prices and a sell is placed above current prices and a sell is placed below current prices. This is usually n\brought about by the division of existing shares. Stops Can be either a buy or a sell stop.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Stock Certificate The actual document that is evidence of stock ownership. Support Historical price level at which falling prices have stopped falling and either moved sideways or reversed direction. Stock Split An increase in the number of outstanding shares in a corporation. usually seen as a price chart pattern Takeover A corporate action where an acquiring company makes a bid for an acquiree. a two-for-one split means that shareholders will receive two new shares for each old share. For examples. If the target company is publicly traded. Stop Loss Order An order placed with a "trigger price". Sub-accounts A sub-account includes institutions (established or incorporated outside India ) and those funds. It is placed to minimize the losses and the order cab be either for a purchase or a sale. because it prevents the security from falling below a certain price. a reverse stock split brings about the decrease in the number of shares in a corporation.

Technical analysts do not attempt to measure a security's intrinsic value. ?ONGC? 7 .A) will bring you information about Ford Motor Company. Trailing EPS The sum of a company's earnings per share for the previous four quarters. Tangible Book Value Book value minus goodwill and intangible assets.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Technical Analysis A method of evaluating securities by analyzing statistics generated by market activity. For example.) on the exchange it is trading on and is used to retrieve information about that security from that exchange. Tick The minimum upward or downward movement in the price of a security. but instead use charts and other tools to identify patterns that can suggest future activity. etc of a particular stock. The method includes analysis of price patterns. Tick The tick is the direction in which the price of stock moved on its last sale. future. acquisitions. A zero-plus tick means the transaction was at the same price as the one before. An up-tick means the last trade was at a higher price than the one before than the price was at a higher price than one before it and a down -tick means the last sale price was lower than the one before it. but still higher than the nearest preceding price. such as past prices and volume. Third Stage Capital Capital provided to an enterprise that has an established commercial production and basic marketing setup. volume. option etc. Technical Analysis An analysis of a stock or future based strictly on numbers. Don't try to understand it unless you are a maths gold medalist. product development etc. Top Line A reference to the gross sales or revenues of a company. etc. typically for market expansion.S. The tick becomes especially important when large market movements trigger the implementation of certain circuit breakers meant to stabilize the market. Ticker A ticker is a trading screen information display showing the current price. the symbol ?f? on the New York Stock Exchange (U. option. Ticker Symbol A ticker symbol represents a particular security (company. Technical Rally An upward movement in a security's price following a declining trend. The movement is caused by technical as opposed to fundamental factors affecting sentiment.

Treasury Notes Debt securities issued by the central government that mature over a specified number of years. Transaction Costs The costs of trading securities. The best measure of a firm's total debt. Total liabilities All monies owed regardless of how classified on the balance sheet. ticker symbols can be submitted to an electronic ticker quote retrieval system to find information about a particular security instantly. Underperform An analyst recommendation that means a stock is expected to do slightly worse than the market return. on average. Ticker symbols can be used to retrieve information from a financial publication such as your daily paper's business section. Turnover Rate Turnover is the relationship between the float and the average monthly volume of a stock. Turnover Ratio How often a mutual fund changes its portfolio holdings. including the broker's commission and taxes. The higher the turnover rate. Treasury Bills Shorts-term debt issued by the central government. 100 per cent turnover means a fund. Commission varies with the size of the trade. Top A technical analysis term meaning the stock price is going down from here. the more volatile the stock and the greater potential for wider swings in price (both ways).GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET will show you the information of the Oil and Natural Gas Commission on the National Stock Exchange of India. Trader An employee of a broker/dealer or other financial institution who specializes in handling purchases and sales of securities for the firm or its clients. Today. sold at a discount and redeemed at full face value. Undersubscribed A situation in which the demand for an initial public offering of securities is less than the number of shares issued. changes all the stocks in its portfolio once a year. Trailing Twelve Months (TTM) The last four reported quarters. 7 .

etc. business contacts. It is calculated by multiplying the volume traded by the average sale price. 7 . more risky venture. brand-equity. bonds. Warrant A derivative security that gives the holder the right to purchase securities (usually equity) from the issuer at a specific price within a certain time frame. he's taking all the risks on an untried idea. the venture capitalist will nurse you through. whom the entrepreneurs approach without the risk of ? takeover'. He is a fixed interval investor. Volume The total number of shares. Some countries also provide for underwriting on best effort basis Valuation The process of determining the current worth of an asset or company. Venture Capitalist An investor involved in financing a company's operations before going public. A venture capitalist not only brings in moneys as ?equity capital' (that is. without security/charge on assets) but also brings onto the table extremely Valuable domain knowledge. or transaction. If you have a good idea that can be commercialised and you can convince the venture capitalist of the workability of your idea and of your own ability in seeing it through. in exchange for an ownership percentage. then. Offsetting the high risk the investor takes is the promise of high return on the investment. buy) into its own books. Value Traded This is the total monetary value of all trading in a security for the market day.GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Upgrade A positive change in the rating of a security. security. strategic advice. Underwriter An investment banking firm committed to successful distribution of a public issue. Volatility Volatility refers to the amount of uncertainty or risk about the size of changes in a security's value. failing which the firm would take the securities being offered (that is. Vested Interest A financial or personal stake one entity has in an asset. Venture Capital Professional moneys co-invested with the entrepreneur usually to fund an early stage. His return is high but. or other units of a security traded in a certain time period. Undervalued A stock trading below its fair value.

an index or a commodity. Warrant A warrant is a financial instrument issued by a bank or other financial institutions. XD .Year Over Year A method of evaluating two or more measured events that compares the results of measurement at one time period with those from another time period. on an annualized basis. YOY .GLOSSARY OF STOCK MARKET Write-Off A reduction in the value of an asset or earnings by the amount of an expense or loss. Warrants may be issued over securities such as shares in a company. Zero Dividend Preferences Zero dividend preference shares are Preference shares which receive no dividends throughout their lives. New York where several major brokerage firms and stock exchanges are located. Yield Yield is the annual rate of return for any investment and is expressed as a percentage. 7 .Ex. a currency.Dividend Buying the shares trading in XD will not entitle you for the dividend which is already declared but not yet been issued. Dalal Street is the Indian counterpart in Mumbai. Working Capital Current assets minus current liabilities. Wall Street A street in the city of Manhattan . which is traded on a Stock Exchange's equity market.

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