Skiddoo Philippines Inc

Why Do Stock Prices Go Up or Down?

Why go back to basics? Because only less than 1% of the Filipino population are investing. And it is presumed that almost half of that 1% are plainly putting in their money in financial instruments such as stocks without even knowing the basic principles and concepts of investing.

For the past two weeks, I have been receiving private messages from different people asking what makes stock prices move. The answer is simply because of supply and demand.

(Re)-Explaining Supply and Demand


Supply is how much of something is available. For example, if you have 10 shawarma sandwiches, then your supply of shawarma sandwiches is 10. If you have 4 chocolate bars, then your supply of chocolate bars is 4.

Demand is how much of something people want. To know how much a demand is, you can use a very simple numbering system, just like the supply above. If 7 people want shawarma sandwiches, then we can say that the demand for shawarma sandwiches is 7. If 4 people want chocolate bars, then the demand for chocolate bars is 4.

Take note that shawarma supply is more than the shawarma demand. While the chocolate bars supply is just equal to the chocolate bars demand.

What’s The Relationship Between Supply and Demand?

To recap, supply is how much of something you have, and demand is how much of something people want.

The relationship between the supply and demand can be shown by using the price of something. On the whole, the price of something will go up if the demand goes up because the seller believes he/she can get more money for the product or service he/she is selling. And vice-versa.

Remember that these two market forces (supply and demand) are attached to people’s behavior and emotions.

When and Why Does Stock Prices Move?

When there are more people who want to buy stocks (demand) than investors who want to sell (that’s supply), then the price goes up.

Furthermore, the prices of shares go up when…

  • Companies’ businesses are doing good and are making huge profits.
  • A country’s economy is growing
  • People wants to buy lots of shares as they believe they will enjoy bigger profits later on
  • A lot of people just do not want to sell their shares
  • or, only few shares are left for sale in the market
  • there is hype

On the other hand, when more people wanted to sell stocks than those who wanted to buy, the supply becomes higher than demand which makes the stock prices fall.

This happens when…

  • Companies are experiencing losses.
  • The world and a country’s economy is not doing good.
  • Majority of the investing population do want to sell their shares.
  • Only few people want to buy shares.
  • A lot of shares are available in the market.
  • and other factors such as recession, inflation, interest rates, natural disasters, etc.

Will we ever predict when a stock price will change? Yes, and No.

Know the detailed answers to that question in my next blog post by subscribing to BurnGutierrez.Com for FREE.

Rock your way to abundance!


P.S. 1. Bro. Bo Sanchez has appointed me as a coach for our young and new investors at the TrulyRichClub social site. It’s a fun, learning family with the purpose of “helping good people become rich”. I’m inviting you to join the TrulyRichClub too and email me at if you have any questions. Click here to join!

P.S. 2. My co-author/illustrator Des Feliciano and I have just launched our “The Adventures of Pepot Kuripot and Dora Gastadora” comic book! It’s arguably the first and only personal finance-influenced comic book in the Philippines. Order your copy now from our website and have it delivered right at your doorstep. Or you can grab your copy yourself at The Pantry at 07 in Makati City and ilovemilktea in Las Pinas City. Now available also in Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the USA! Email for more details.

P.S. 3. If you are based abroad or just outside of Metro Manila and has been itching to learn more on how to jumpstart your business dreams, join me and my friend, serial entrepreneur Ginger Arboleda, as we take you through a series 2-hour webinars (for 11 Saturdays) that will help you focus on the technical skills and specific things that you have always wanted to know about in order to grow your business. We have come up with 10 sessions with 11 expert lecturers (with 1 FREE session if you enroll in the full program) that will make you a stronger and better entrepreneur. Register here to join the Enter Entrepreneurship Webinar Program now!

P.S. 4. Are you an OFW who’s been looking for a investment placement where your money could grow higher than your time deposit accounts? Are you outside of Metro Manila and would like to start investing in mutual funds but have no personal advisors to help you out? Click here so I can help you open a mutual fund account NOW! .

P.S. 2. For those who will not make it to the Money By The Book event of OFW UsapangPiso group, you may book to attend the Personal Finance for Every Juan seminar sponsored by The Global Filipino Investors Singapore. You may visit their Facebook event page for more details.

P.S. 4. Do you want to learn how to earn more passive income through blogging? Attend our webinar/online seminar “Earning Through Blogging – A Crash Course on How To Build a Profitable Blog” on October 19, 2013, 3PM (Philippine time) with the Philippines’ top personal finance celebrity blogger Fitz Villafuerte of Ready To Be Rich blog. Click here for more details.

Photo credit: Supply & Demand WikiCommons

4 thoughts on “Why Do Stock Prices Go Up or Down?”

  1. Great post burn! I use this simple concept as well when I’m about to sell and buy. If your broker shows the top Bids and Asks you can gauge fairly quickly if the stock will be falling some more. But I try to stay away for a few days and just let the trend tell me more.

  2. A short but clear explanation of stock movements especially for newbie investors. May maituturo na akong link pag may nagtanong sa kin tungkol dito. :) Thanks for the post Burn.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>