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  1. What is the formula for calculating EBITDA?

    Learn about EBITDA and how companies can manipulate this calculation to look more profitable.
  2. What is the formula for calculating the capital asset pricing model (CAPM)?

    Learn about the capital asset pricing model, or CAPM, and how this formula is used to determine the expected rate of return ...
  3. What is the difference between Operating Cash Flow and Net Operating Income (NOI)?

    Learn what operating cash flow and net operating income are, how the two metrics are calculated and the main difference between ...
  4. Why does Berkshire Hathaway prefer to buy back shares instead of paying dividends?

    Learn why Berkshire Hathaway, the company owned by billionaire Warren Buffett, prefers stock buybacks over paying its shareholders ...
  5. What other investment metrics are best used in conjunction with net margin?

    Learn about a number of other equity valuation measures that can best be used in conjunction with looking at a company's ...
  6. How are the three major financial statements related to each other?

    Learn why investors analyze a company's financial statements, and how the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement ...
  7. Why Is The Nasdaq 5,000 Different This Time?

    The Nasdaq this week has slipped below the 5,000 high-water mark it reached last week. The last time it hit above 5,000 was ...
  8. What is the difference between the current account and the capital account?

    Learn how to differentiate between the capital account and the current account, the two components of the balance of payments ...
  9. How do you calculate the variance in gross margin percentage due to price and cost?

    Learn about how price and cost affect a company's gross profit margin and how variance can be calculated based on changes ...
  10. How does fixed costs and variable costs affect gross profit?

    Learn about the differences between fixed and variable costs and how they affect the calculation of gross profit by impacting ...
  11. What is the difference between financial capital and economic capital?

    Read about the differences between types of financial capital, which companies use to raise money, and economic capital models ...
  12. Why These Could Be 2015's 10-Best Pharma Stocks

    The pharmaceutical stocks covered here have significant potential going forward. Here's why.
  13. Why would a company want to decrease its dividends per share?

    Learn what dividends per share are, how the ratio is calculated, what the payout ratio is, and why a company would lower ...
  14. Why These Are 2015's 10-Best Financial Stocks

    If you're going to invest in the financial stocks, these names need to be on your radar.
  15. What is the difference between accounts payable turnover ratio and accounts receivables ...

    Learn the difference between the accounts payable turnover ratio and the accounts receivable turnover ratio. Understand what ...
  16. How do you calculate a payout ratio using Excel?

    Learn what the payout ratio is, what dividends per share and earnings per share are, and how the payout ratio is calculated ...
  17. How do interest rates influence a corporation's capital structure?

    Learn about how changing interest rates can affect a corporation's capital structure because of their impact on the cost ...
  18. How does inventory turnover affect the cash conversion cycle (CCC)?

    Learn how a company's inventory turnover affects its cash conversion cycle (CCC). Understand why a higher inventory turnover ...
  19. How do stockholders use agency theory to affect management?

    Explore the intricacies of agency theory that places stockholders and management in a unique relationship where both parties ...
  20. What's a Run Rate?

    Run rate is a term used to denote annualized earnings extrapolated from a shorter time frame. Management uses the run rate ...
  21. What's a Small Cap Stock?

    The “cap” in small cap stocks refers to a company’s capitalization as determined by the total market value of its publicly ...
  22. What is the Debt-To-Capital Ratio?

    The debt-to-capital ratio is used to measure a company’s use of financial leverage. The ratio is the company’s total debt, ...
  23. Could Amgen's Next Drug Be Worth $100 Billion?

    Amgen hopes it will win an FDA green light for evolocumab, a next-generation cholesterol fighter, which could grab a big ...
  24. 5 Reasons Sirius XM Haters Are Gone

    Bears continue to clear out of Sirius XM Holdings. There were fewer than 146 million of its shares sold short by the end ...
  25. Has The Time Come To Sell Vertex Pharmaceuticals?

    While it's been a choppy ride for Vertex Pharmaceuticals investors, the stock has handily outperformed the broader market ...
  26. Is Shake Shack Stock the Next Chipotle? Here Are The Financials

    Like Chipotle, Shake Shack is a publicly traded company in the fast casual industry, but investors have different projections ...
  27. Can Eagle Rock Energy Partners Soar In 2015?

    Eagle Rock Energy has seen its prices drop, but there is a ray of hope that could send units higher in 2015 even if the price ...
  28. Are These the 10 Best Energy Stocks of 2015?

    These energy stocks are a bit more speculative than you might expect, but their long-term upside potentials are high.
  29. Are These the 10 Best Internet Stocks of 2015?

    These internet companies vary in size, but they all offer future potential.
  30. 2 Areas Where Stratasys Can Improve

    Stratasys has suffered missteps, including struggling to meet or exceed Wall Street expectations, and dealing with compressing ...
  31. What is the average range of profit margin for a company in the financial services ...

    Learn why a company's profit margin is important in analyzing its worth and how companies within the financial services sector ...
  32. What is the average return on equity for a company in the financial services sector?

    Learn the importance of calculating a company's return on equity and what businesses in the financial services industry average ...
  33. What is the formula for calculating return on assets (ROA)?

    Learn about the calculation and interpretation of the return on assets formula and how it is used to analyze a company's ...
  34. 4 Signs You're Headed For Financial Trouble

    Here are some warnings that you could be in over your head financially – and how to fix the situation before it's too late.
  35. Over what duration should I be evaluating a company's total debt to total assets ...

    Learn what duration to use when analyzing the total debt to total assets ratio in a company and how to track a company's ...
  36. Is Holding Cash Making You Lose Money?

    Six years into one of the better bull markets of the modern era, retail investors are still holding onto a lot of cash: 4 ...
  37. 3 Areas 3D Systems Is Working To Improve

    3D Systems has taken a jack-of-all-trades approach to its market opportunity in 3D printing, striving to become a leader ...
  38. Freeport-McMoRan Is Seeking A Helping Hand

    Freeport-McMoRan doesn't have the cash to invest in its planned oil and gas developments, which is forcing it to look for ...
  39. 3 Growth Opportunities For ARM Holdings

    ARM Holdings highlighted several growth opportunities in its most recent roadshow presentation. Here are three of the large ...
  40. When do analysts use days payable outstanding (DPO) in their company evaluations?

    Discover the circumstances that might lead traders or analysts to particularly scrutinize a company's days payable outstanding ...
  41. What does days sales of inventory (DSI) represent as a ratio?

    Discover what the days sales of inventory (DSI) ratio represents for traders or market analysts and how this ratio is used ...
  42. How do you find a company's days sales of inventory (DSI)?

    Discover the formula to calculate days sales of inventory and how it is helpful to market analysts and investors, but it ...
  43. What is industry etiquette for number of days payable outstanding (DPO)?

    Read about what constitutes an allowable threshold for days payable outstanding, and why creditors and debtors often have ...
  44. What are red flags in a company's days sales of inventory?

    Consider what red flags an investor or lender might be able to determine about a company when examining its days sales of ...
  45. What’s Linn Energy’s New Course For Growth?

    Linn Energy has been really reliant on the public markets to fund its growth since the company went public in 2006.
  46. What Are Costco’s Latest Earnings?

    On March 5, Costco, the wholesale retail giant reported second-quarter earnings that handily outpaced analysts' expectations. ...
  47. What's the difference between accrued expenses and accounts payable?

    Learn how companies use accrued expenses and accounts payable on their balance sheet and the difference between the two liabilities.
  48. What is the advantage of calculating accrued expenses over prepaid expenses?

    Learn about accrued expenses and prepaid expenses, the difference between accrued and prepaid, and advantages of accrued ...
  49. What are some factors that affect a company's days payable outstanding (DPO)?

    Discover what factors affect a company's days payable outstanding (DPO) and how a company and its vendors interpret the result ...
  50. Why is overhead cost allocation sometimes manipulated on an income statement?

    Learn why companies sometimes manipulate overhead costs to boost the appearance of overall profitability, and other reasons ...
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