Press Release

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Press Release'

News that is sent out or released by the company making the news. If it's an earnings press release, the release will discuss the company's financial results for the recently completed quarter and may provide comments from management. Press releases often list valuable contact information that can assist investors in their research, such as the company's web address, and contact and address information.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Press Release'

Remember that press releases are written by the companies, not by a reporter, so they can be full of company bias. Often, as you search online news databases, it may be difficult to distinguish between a press release and a news story written by a journalist. The best way to distinguish the two is by looking closely at the first couple words of the story, which is where the source of the story is usually identified. If the source is identified as "BusinessWire" or "PR Newswire" then it is a press release issued by a company.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Story Stock

    A stock that is trading markedly higher on optimistic expectations ...
  2. Public Relations - PR

    The act of communicating with the public. Although not inherent ...
  3. Investor Relations - IR

    A department, present in most medium to large public companies, ...
  4. Cockroach Theory

    A market theory that suggests that when a company reveals bad ...
  5. Announcement Date

    1. The date at which a company will announce the details regarding ...
  6. Dividend

    A distribution of a portion of a company's earnings, decided ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. Why would my stock's value decline despite good news being released?

    More often than not, when a firm releases an earnings report the market will react to this news by adjusting the firm's stock ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. Which REITs pay the highest dividends?

    A real estate investment trust (REIT) is a financial security that trades like a stock on major market exchanges. However, ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What is the difference between an Equity REIT and a Mortgage REIT?

    There are several types of real estate investments trusts (REITS) that investors can purchase, including equity REITS and ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How does a lack of demand affect financial markets?

    A lack of demand affects financial markets by leading to lower prices. The function of financial markets is to constantly ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What kinds of derivatives are types of forward commitments?

    A derivative is a type of security in which the price of the security is dependent on underlying assets. A derivative could ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What does it mean to be long or short a derivative?

    A derivative is a type of security in which the price of the security is dependent on one or more underlying assets. A derivative ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Fundamental Analysis

    Can Good News Be A Signal To Sell?

    Sometimes positive announcements can mean bad news for a stock. Find out why.
  2. Options & Futures

    How To Tell If A Company's In Trouble

    Observing a company's behavior can prove beneficial for the mindful investor. Know the signs before you make a reactionary move.
  3. Economics

    Earnings Forecasts: A Primer

    Learn how this key metric is calculated and how it is used to judge market performance.
  4. Investing

    A Case Study: Earnings Manipulation And The Role Of The Media

    Here we explore why the media focuses on certain earnings manipulation cases in post-Enron Wall Street.
  5. Investing Basics

    Understanding Open-End Funds

    An open-end fund is a type of mutual fund that does not limit the amount of shares it issues, but issues as many shares as investors are willing to buy.
  6. Investing Basics

    What is a Nominal Value?

    The nominal value of a security, such as a stock or bond, remains fixed for the duration of its life.
  7. Fundamental Analysis

    Calculating Future Value

    Future value is the value of an asset or cash at a specified date in the future that is equivalent in value to a specified sum today.
  8. Investing

    The Strong Dollar’s (Real) Toll On Tech Stocks

    A large portion of U.S. technology companies’ sales occur overseas, given the strong international business and consumer demand from many U.S. tech firms.
  9. Investing

    The Case For Stocks Today

    Last week, U.S. equities advanced with the S&P 500 Index notching new records. Investors are now getting nervous with rate and currency volatility spiking.
  10. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Why You May Want To Be (And Stay) In Bonds

    Bonds are complicated, and it’s easy to feel intimidated or confused. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a numbers geek to be an informed investor.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Mixed Economic System

    An economic system that features characteristics of both capitalism and socialism.
  2. Net Worth

    The amount by which assets exceed liabilities. Net worth is a concept applicable to individuals and businesses as a key measure ...
  3. Stop-Loss Order

    An order placed with a broker to sell a security when it reaches a certain price. A stop-loss order is designed to limit ...
  4. Covered Call

    An options strategy whereby an investor holds a long position in an asset and writes (sells) call options on that same asset ...
  5. Butterfly Spread

    A neutral option strategy combining bull and bear spreads. Butterfly spreads use four option contracts with the same expiration ...
  6. Unlevered Beta

    A type of metric that compares the risk of an unlevered company to the risk of the market. The unlevered beta is the beta ...
Trading Center