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  1. What is the weighted average of outstanding shares? How is it calculated?

    The amount of shares outstanding in a company will often change due to a company issuing new shares, repurchasing and retiring ...
  2. Can a company declare a dividend that exceeds its earnings per share?

    Yes, it can. In fact, many well-known Fortune 500 companies have paid dividends in years where they posted negative earnings ...
  3. Can a stock have a negative price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio?

    Yes, a stock can have a negative price-to-earnings ratio (P/E), but it is very unlikely that you will ever see it reported. ...
  4. Stocks with high P/E ratios can be overpriced. Is a stock with a lower P/E always ...

    The short answer? No. The long answer? It depends.The price-to-earnings ratio (P/E ratio) is calculated as a stock's current ...
  5. Uncovering Hidden Debt

    Understand how financing through operating leases, synthetic leases, and securitizations affects companies' image of performance. ...
  6. Blending Technical And Fundamental Analysis

    Find out how you can combine the best of both strategies to better understand the markets.
  7. Take Control With Investing Absolutes

    Uncover the three things most good stocks have in common: performance, profitability and value.
  8. Value Investing Using The Enterprise Multiple

    This simple measure can help investors determine whether a stock is a good deal.
  9. How do you determine a company's percentage of credit sales?

    First, we should establish the fact that, depending on the industry, most companies' sales are sold with terms of payment ...
  10. Is maximizing stock price the same thing as maximizing profit?

    Simply put: yes. A company's stock price will factor in many different variables including the type of industry the firm ...
  11. What's the difference between absolute P/E ratio and relative P/E ratio?

    The simple answer to this question is that absolute P/E, which is the most quoted of the two ratios, is the price of a stock ...
  12. Spotting Cash Cows

    We show you why some of these companies stand apart from the herd.
  13. What is the difference between fundamental and technical analysis?

    These terms refer to two different stock-picking methodologies used for researching and forecasting the future growth trends ...
  14. Executive Compensation: How Much Is Too Much?

    The proxy statement can help determine whether a CEO is well compensated - or just overpaid.
  15. What number of shares determines adequate liquidity for a stock?

    Liquidity refers to how easy it is to buy and sell shares without seeing a change in price. If, for example, you bought stock ...
  16. Debt Ratios

    Learn about the debt ratio, debt-equity ratio, capitalization ratio, interest coverage ratio and the cash flow to debt ratio. ...
  17. Understanding Economic Value Added

    Discover the simplicity of this important valuation metric. We reveal its underlying ideas and examine each of its components. ...
  18. Behavioral Finance

    Learn the science behind irrational decision making and how you can avoid it.
  19. Using Accounting Analysis To Measure Earnings Quality

    Learn the accounting concepts that will help you to dig into to the details to find earnings manipulation.
  20. Operating Performance Ratios

    Learn about the fixed-asset turnover, sales/revenue per employee, operating cycle and dividend payout ratio.
  21. Mutual Fund Investment Quality: Conclusion

    Check in here for an overview of mutual fund investment quality and how to find it.
  22. Market Strength Tutorial

    Here you can learn about some of the indicators that traders and brokers use to determine the direction and strength of the ...
  23. Measuring a Fund's Risk and Return

    Learn the importance of the risk-return relationship in selecting a mutual fund.
  24. Dow Theory

    Learn about the foundation upon which technical analysis is based.
  25. Understanding The P/E Ratio

    Learn what the price/earnings ratio really means and how you should use it to value companies.
  26. Liquidity Measurement Ratios

    Learn about the current ratio, quick ratio, cash ratio and cash conversion cycle.
  27. Reading Financial Tables Tutorial

    Learn about six common types of financial tables and figure out how to interpret them.
  28. Investment Valuation Ratios

    Learn about per share data, price/book value ratio, price/cash flow ratio, price/earnings ratio, price/sales ratio, dividend ...
  29. A Guide To Conference Board Indicators

    Learn to put the CB data sets to trading use. Each chapter takes you through one of the board's benchmark indicators or surveys, ...
  30. Fund Performance Metrics

    With mutual funds, it is crucial to look at all components of investment quality and not performance alone.
  31. Scoring Fund Investment Quality

    Learn some background on mutual funds and what factors can be used to assess their investment quality.
  32. Introduction To Fundamental Analysis

    Learn this easy-to-understand technique of analyzing a company's financial statements and reports.
  33. Cash Flow Indicator Ratios

    Learn about the operating cash flow to sales ratio, free cash flow to operating cash flow ratio and free cash flow coverage ...
  34. Analytical Commentary On A Fund

    Independent fund investment research is the key to finding investment quality in a mutual fund.
  35. Profitability Indicator Ratios

    Learn about profit margin analysis, effective tax rate, return on assets, return on equity and return on capital employed.
  36. Fundamental Analysis For Traders

    Find out how this method can be applied strategically to increase profit.
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