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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.


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.


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.


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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Before-tax operating profits of nonfinancial corporations dropped 12 percent from the fourth quarter of 1988 to the third quarter of 1989 (latest data available); after-tax profits were off in about the same proportion.
After making acquisitions in Fairfield earlier in the year, Reckson Associates turned to Westchester during the fourth quarter and acquired the Christiania Building in Tarrytown for $28 million, or nearly $137 per square foot.
In furtherance of these objectives, the Committee at its meeting in February established ranges for growth of M2 and M3 of 3 to 7 percent and 3 1/2 to 7 1/2 percent, respectively, measured from the fourth quarter of 1988 to the fourth quarter of 1989.
Nevertheless, on both an absolute and adjusted basis, the fourth quarter sales were much improved over those of 1995 and prior years.
07 percent during the fourth quarter of 2002, down from 6.
In Germany, where we currently only have operation in Poolia's core areas, healthy growth was noted during the fourth quarter.
The 76% increase in Blackstone's fourth quarter revenue was primarily due to higher sales of its fusion products, including its lumbar spinal fixation system, its vertebral body replacement devices and its minimally invasive pedicle screw systems.
In the fourth quarter net sales decreased by 1% and amounted to 136.
Proforma revenue in the fourth quarter of 2005 excludes the benefit of a $34.
NYSE: CX), announced today that consolidated net sales increased 13% in the fourth quarter of 2006 to US$4.
DALLAS -- Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) provided an update today on recent drilling activities in Tunisia, South Texas and Mississippi, confirmed 2006 finding and development costs and updated guidance on fourth quarter 2006 earnings.