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Screen Stocks

To investigate stocks for potential investment according to a predetermined set of criteria. For example, an investor may screen stocks according to the lowest price, the most market capitalization, the most favorable price-earnings ratio, or any number of other variables. One may also combine criteria while screening stocks. The process is designed to help one make the best investment decisions, and is often accomplished with the help of a computer.


To examine various securities with the goal of selecting a limited number that meet certain predetermined requirements. For example, an investor might screen all electric utilities for stock that offers a dividend yield of 8% or more and a price-earnings ratio of 8 or less.


A screen is a set of criteria against which you measure stocks or other investments to find those that meet your criteria.

For example, you might screen for stocks that meet a certain environmentally or socially responsible standard, or for those with current price-to-earnings ratios (P/E) less than the current market average.

A socially responsible mutual fund describes the screens it uses to select investments in its prospectus.

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As diagnostic imaging continues to evolve, the impact of intensifying screen technology over the last 20 years has been significant in the spread of diagnostic imaging services.
The research concluded that standard radiographic techniques and intensifying screens can be used for the OsteoGram(R) with consistent low precision error.
The unit will continue to serve diagnostic imaging applications with such products as x-ray film, intensifying screens, cassettes, processors and chemicals, used in diagnostic imaging departments, cardiac catheterization laboratories, independent imaging clinics, and professional offices such as dental offices.