Click here to find out the top S&P 500 components ordered by average analyst rating Market capitalization is an important data point for investors to keep an eye on, for various reasons. The most basic reason is that it gives a true comparison of the value attributed by the stock market to a given companys stock. Many beginning investors look at one stock trading at $10 and another trading at $20 and mistakenly think the latter company is worth twice as much that of course is a completely meaningless comparison without knowing how many shares of each company exist. But comparing market capitalization (factoring in those share counts) creates a true apples-to-apples comparison of the value of two stocks. In the case of United States Cellular Corp ( NYSE: USM ), the market cap is now $2.19B, versus Murphy Usa Incorporated ( NYSE: MUSA ) at $1.85B. Special Offer: Try OLI Premium and get reports on Splits, Buybacks, and M&A daily Another reason market capitalization is important is where it places a company in terms of its size tier in relation to peers much like the way a mid-size sedan is typically compared to other mid-size sedans (and not SUVs). This can have a direct impact on which indices will include the stock, and which mutual funds and ETFs are willing to own the stock. For instance, a mutual fund that is focused solely on Large Cap stocks may for example only be interested in those companies sized $10 billion or larger. Another illustrative example is the S&P MidCap index which essentially takes the S&P 500 index and tosses out the biggest 100 companies so as to focus solely on the 400 smaller up-and-comers (which in the right environment can outperform their larger rivals). And ETFs that directly follow an index like the S&P 500 will only own the underlying component of that index, selling companies that lose their status as an S&P 500 company, and buying companies when they are added to the index. So a companys market cap, especially in relation to other companies, carries great importance, and for this reason we at The Online Investor find value to putting together these looks at comparative market capitalization daily. At the closing bell, USM is off about 1.1%, while MUSA is trading flat on the day Friday.
United States off to an awful start in Costa Rica
Sign up now! United States off to an awful start in Costa Rica Travel Deals Kevin McCauley, SBNation Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013, 10:26 PM Michael Bradley , the United States ‘ star central midfielder and arguably their best player, went down in warmups. His replacement was Geoff Cameron , who is not a full-time central midfielder. This resulted in multiple giveaways early for the United States, which eventually led to a Costa Rica corner and go-ahead goal for the Ticos. Johnny Acosta was the scorer, nodding in a brilliant header. He was poorly marked and DaMarcus Beasley could have done a lot more to clear it off the line, but the blame for the goal probably lies more on the unsettled midfield who put the U.S. under early pressure. And then it got worse. Celso Borges made it 2-0 just eight minutes later with another brilliant header, this one coming from open play. The United States looked incredibly unsettled before the first goal, looked worse after going down and now look even worse than that down 2-0. Welcome to San Jose, Jurgen Klinsmann. This article originally appeared on SBNation .
Could Syria strike back if United States, allies, attack?
Syrian firefighters try to extinguish a fire after a missile hit a residential building in Damascus, Syria, on September 2. A U.N. arms expert collects samples during an inspection of a suspected chemical weapons strike site in the Ghouta area outside Damascus on August 29. People search for belongings in rubble in Raqqa, Syria, on August 29. Free Syrian Army fighters launch a rocket toward forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Deir Ezzor on August 29. A Syrian Kurd uses hay to hide another woman in a training session organized by the Kurdish Women’s Defense Units on Wednesday, August 28, in a northern Syrian border village. They’re preparing if the area comes under attack. Free Syrian Army fighters escort U.N. vehicles with chemical weapons experts on August 28 through a site of a suspected chemical weapons attack outside Damascus. A Free Syrian Army fighter takes position behind sandbags in the old city of Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesday, August 27. A U.N. team leaves its Damascus, Syria, hotel in a convoy on Monday, August 26. The team was to investigate an alleged chemical attack that killed hundreds last week in a suburb of the Syrian capital.