Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Multiples: Common multiples


Another name for price/earnings ratios.

Price-Earnings Ratio

The price of a security per share at a given time divided by its annual earnings per share. Often, the earnings used are trailing 12 month earnings, but some analysts use other forms. The P/E ratio is a way to help determine a security's stock valuation, that is, the fair value of a stock in a perfect market. It is also a measure of expected, but not realized, growth. Companies expected to announce higher earnings usually have a higher P/E ratio, while companies expected to announce lower earnings usually have a lower P/E ratio. See also: PEG
References in periodicals archive ?
Common equity multiples are calculated by dividing the stock price by various equity-specific earning levels.
states, "In this century, with the exception of the early 1930s, variations in price/earnings multiples have dominated the movements in stock prices.

Full browser ?