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Three months of a year, often abbreviated as "Q." Q1 is January, February, and March; Q2 is April, May, and June; and so forth. Publicly traded companies must report on their earnings and other business performance measures every three months. Analysts also use quarters to measure performance internally. For example, one might compare sales in Q1 of 2009 to those in Q1 of 2008 to measure the company's health without having to account for seasonal variance. Often, quarters are abbreviated along with the calendar year; for example, the second quarter of 2006 is expressed as Q2 2006 or Q2/06.
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1. One quarter of a point. For bond quotes, a quarter represents one quarter of 1% of par, or $2.50. Thus, a bond quoted at 91 2/4 is being offered for $917.50.
2. A 3-month period that represents 25% of a fiscal year.
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The financial world splits up its calendar into four quarters, each three months long.

If January to March is the first quarter, April to June is the second quarter, and so on, though a company's first quarter does not have to begin in January.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires all publicly held US companies to publish a quarterly report, officially known as Form 10-Q, describing their financial results for the quarter. These reports and the predictions that market analysts make about them often have an impact on a company's stock price.

For example, if analysts predict that a certain company will have earnings of 55 cents a share in a quarter, and the results beat those expectations, the price of the company's stock may increase. But if the earnings are less than expected, even by a penny or two, the stock price may drop, at least for a time.

However, this pattern doesn't always hold true, and other forces may influence investor sentiment about the stock.

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One-fourth of a year. For 2007, January, February, and March would be written as 1Q07; April,May,and June would be 2Q07,and so on.

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There was a significant dose-dependent increase in heart rate with tesofensine, from 4.7 more beats per minute with 0.25 mg to 7.8 with 0.5 mg and 8.5 with 1.0 mg, compared with an increase of 0.4 beats per minute with placebo.
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They also tabulated, to 5D, F(x) for [theta] = 0.0005(0.0005)0.005, 0.005(0.005)0.05, 0.05(0.05)1, 1(0.1)5, 5(0.25)10, 10(0.5)20, 20(1)60, and x = 1(1)35.
The UK's third biggest lender, which is part of the Lloyds TSB group, said it was raising its standard variable mortgage rate by the full 0.25 per cent to 6.75 per cent.
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Exhibit 1: All States Use Property, Payroll and Double-Weighted Sales Apportionment Formulas State 1 State 2 (Home state) Taxable income to be apportioned $1,000,000 $1,000,000 Property factor 1 0 Payroll factor 1 0 Sales factor 0.25 0.25 Sales factor 0.25 0.25 Average factor 0.625 0.125 Apportioned income $625,000 $125,000 State tax rate 8% 8% Income tax $50,000 $10,000 State 3 State 4 Total Taxable income to be apportioned $1,000,000 $1,000,000 Property factor 0 0 Payroll factor 0 0 Sales factor 0.25 0.25 Sales factor 0.25 0.25 Average factor 0.125 0.125 Apportioned income $125,000 $125,000 State tax rate 8% 8% Income tax $10,000 $10,000 $80,000