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Postby felipe44 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:10 pm

I'm doing an economics project and I was wondering what the %'s represent to the right of stock charts. Here is an example.http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?t=5y&s=BIDU&l=on&z=l&q=l&c=&c=%5EDJI&c=%5EIXIC. How do I read this graph to the class?
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Stock charts question?

Postby archie25 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:24 pm

The percentages represent how much the stock has gone up over the time frame you have selected.
The numbers look weird because you selected a 5yr time frame and BAIDU has gone up well over 1000% since then. The chart is automatically adjusting the scale to show this.

If you pick a shorter (range) time frame, you will see that the numbers go down.For example, here is the same chart with the one year time frame selected. I also added another stock IAG as a frame of reference. So year to date (YTD) BAIDU and IAG are up around 25% while the nasdaq is up less than 10%.

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