TRADE

Our Online WebTrader offers the simplicity and ease of a state-of-art, web-based trading platform, providing our traders with complete access to the Markets from any device with a Internet connection. Group 500’s clients accessing the WebTrader gain unequalled control over their trading and have all the market’s assets at their fingertips.  

Clients can also benefit from these features:

  • One Click Order Execution.
  • Graphs and charts tools and indicators that get you technical information.
  • One of the most accommodating trading environments.

Today’s trading world is highly fast paced, and anything that provides a trader support to become a confident trader is welcomed. Online trading provides that sought out support with its insightful interface and complete trade information.

Instead of having difficulty grasping the concepts of complicated software, we at Group 500 let our traders focus solely on the trade, considering that the trading platform should be an extension in trading rather than a troublesome burden. 

Once presented with a trading opportunity, you may often lack the time to understand the details of your chosen trading platform. This is why we provide clients the opportunity to both, open and close their respective trades in just milliseconds with a simple click of the mouse. 

Economic Calendar

 

NFP

 

The NFP (Non-Farm Payroll) report is issued once a month, on the first Friday of the month, by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It indicates the number of U.S. employees in any business across the country not including the agricultural, governmental and private household sectors. The NFP report specifies which sector added more employees compared to others. Information about average hourly earnings and wage increase is also conveyed. Data is organized according to sector, e.g. , mining, construction, manufacturing, retail trade, financial, health care , etc.

 

The importance of the NFP

 

The NFP report provides a reliable indication of the overall functioning of the American labor market. As such, it has a strong impact on the value of the dollar and the stock market. Taking into account that around 80% of the United State’s GDP is produced by the workers covered by the report, it can clearly be understood why it is so important as an overall indicator of the well-being of the U.S. economy

Earnings Season

 

Earnings season refers to the months of the year during which most quarterly corporate earnings are released to the public. Earnings season generally occurs in the month immediately following the end of each fiscal quarter. This means that earnings seasons typically fall on January, April, July, and October, because firms need time after each quarterly accounting period ends to put together their earnings reports.

 

Earnings season is easily the busiest times of the year for those who work in and watch the markets, as virtually every large publicly traded company will report the results of their last quarter. Analysts and managers typically set their guidelines and estimates to correspond to specific quarters or fiscal year endings, so the results reported by firms during earnings season often have a big role in the performance of their stocks.

 

As earnings season approaches, many analysts will conduct intrinsic valuations to determine if the current market price of a company’s stock is over- or under-valued. This informs investors whether or not to purchase, sell, or hold the stock. Fundamental analysts will look at the qualitative (business model, governance, and industry factors) and quantitative (ratios and financial statement analysis) aspects of a business. The discounted cash flow model is one commonly used valuation tool, which relies on a company’s free cash flow and weighted average cost of capital (WACC).

FAANG

 

In finance, “FAANG” is an acronym that refers to the stocks of five prominent American technology companies: Facebook (FB), Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Netflix (NFLX); and Alphabet (GOOG) (formerly known as Google). 

 

The term was coined by Jim Cramer, the television host of CNBC’s Mad Money, in 2013, who praised these companies for being “totally dominant in their markets”. Originally, the term FANG was used, with Apple—the second “A” in the acronym—added in 2017.

 

In addition to being widely known among consumers, the five FAANG stocks are among the largest companies in the world, with a combined market capitalization of over $4.1 trillion as of January 2020.

 

Their substantial growth has been buoyed recently by high-profile purchases made by large and influential investors, such as Berkshire Hathaway (BRK), Soros Fund Management, and Renaissance Technologies. These are just a few of the many large investors who have added FAANG stocks to their portfolios because of their perceived strength, growth or momentum. 

 

Each of the FAANG stocks trades on the Nasdaq exchange and is included in the S&P 500 Index. Since the S&P 500 is a broad representation of the market, the movement of the market mirrors the index movement. Together, the FAANG makes up about 15% of the S&P 500—a staggering figure considering the S&P 500 is generally viewed as a proxy for the United States economy as a whole. 

 

This large influence over the index means that volatility in the stock price of the FAANG stocks can have a substantial effect on the performance of the S&P 500 in general. In August 2018, for example, FAANG stocks were responsible for nearly 40% of the index gain from the lows reached in February 2018.