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Extrinsic Value

The portion of a stock option's price beyond the option's intrisic value based upon aspects such as length of contract and implied volatility. 

Exponential Moving Average

A technical indicator which modifies a simple moving average to give greater weight to the most recent price data.

Expiration Month

The calendar month in which an option or future contract expires.

Expanding Triangle

A price chart reversal pattern resembling a triangle that forms when top price increases and bottom price decreases move farther apart with each subsequent price bar.


The action of an options holder to employ the right to buy (call option) or sell (put option), the underlying security.


A completed securities transaction.

Exchange Traded Fund (ETF)

An investment fund traded on stock exchanges that tracks indexes such as the Nasdaq 100, S&P 500, etc. The ETF tracks the yield and return of it's corresponding index. Trades like a single stock, but provides benefits with a diversified portfolio.


An organized marketplace where commodities, derivatives and securites are bought and sold.


A class of stock shares where the next dividend is assigned to the seller, not the buyer.


The currency of nations belonging to Eurozone.


A price chart that plots the merging of price and volume as one data point. Similar in format to a Candlestick bar chart, the height of the bar is representative of the high and low, while the width of the bar signifies volume.

Equity Option

An equity derivative that provides the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell a quantity of stock at a specific price, within a specific period of time.


A common stock shareholder's ownership interest in a company.


An electronically traded futures contract on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange that represents a portion of the normal futures contracts

Elliott Wave Theory

Formulated by Ralph Nelson Elliott, it is based on the philosophy that the stock market could be forecast through the study of a repetitive pattern of waves.

Economic Indicator

A statistic used by investors to evaluate future trends in a nation's economy.


Electronic Communications Network. A computerized system outside of the market that manages direct transactions between major brokers and individual traders (no middleman). Currencies and stocks are primarily traded on ECNs.

Earnings Report

A financial statement released by a company quarterly detailing all earnings and expenses supporting a profit or loss.

Earnings Per Share (EPS)

An indicator for a company's profitability. The profits of a company divided by the number of outstanding shares of common stock.

Earnings Momentum

Term applied to accelerated or declining revenue growth in Earnings Per Share. 

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