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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.
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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.
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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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Black Screen Film and Video Festival: September 21-28.
Pic, which launched "Best of Imax: A Giant Screen Film Festival" in New York and New Jersey is preceded by "Hemingway: A Portrait," a 10-minute live-action short that serves as a stiff, uneven but nonetheless visually inspired introduction to the writer for Generation Y-ers.
The marathon, organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture, will screen films from Wednesday to Sunday at 9pm.
"Cardiff Mini Film Festival is a grassroots festival currently in its seventh year that takes over many unique venues across Cardiff to screen films. This year the festival will be screening 252 films in bars, the arcades and empty shop units from the June 22-24."
Gwynedd Council has been unable to screen films in Bala since April 2015 as the right technology was not available.
Every month, through August, Springfilm will screen films that may be bizarre, may have been overlooked at their initial release or just be a cult favorite.
Co-director Becky Vipond said: "We screen films across the city that explore the environmental, social, cultural and health aspects of the foods we grow, cook, eat, share and waste.
Launched in 2005 as a one-day event to provide a forum to screen films for and about women, the event became a festival in 2006 and now WIFF aims to recognize the achievements of women, mainly by showcasing films.
The Cultural Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran's embassy in Sri Lanka said it would screen films by award winning Iranian artists in its auditorium on the first and last Wednesdays of every month due to increasing public demand for Iranian films among Sri Lankan audiences.
Nearly 50% of this funding is allocated to distributors who screen films made outside their home market and around 20% for development, ie turning a film project into reality.