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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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We used health department records to determine which children in this cohort were screened for lead exposure from 1 January 1996 through 31 December 1997 to assess the effectiveness of the Jefferson County CLPP in reaching at-risk children.
4386 to correct this problem, which allows states to enroll women screened by the NBCCEDP and found to have cancer in their Medicaid program.
In the Quebec study, in fact, four of the five deaths among the screened patients were from those who already had advanced disease by the time their first screening detected it.
Using a Uniform Rank of 1-99 again (this time 99 having the lowest P/E's), I screened for stocks ranked 80 or better.
His 14-year follow up of patients screened for bladder cancer showed that no patients who underwent screening died from bladder tumors, whereas 20% of unscreened patients did die from bladder cancer.
With sensitivity for colorectal cancer approaching 90%, we believe that stool DNA testing and colonoscopy could be a powerful one-two punch in the quest to get more people screened and to reduce colon cancer mortality.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), together with the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, have just released updated recommendations that significantly increase the number of babies who should be screened for ROP.
Dramatic increases in the number of men screened for prostate cancer (CaP) and several key market drivers related to prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing represent healthy market potential for companies active in the screening and diagnosis of CaP.
Building awareness of screening options and the importance of getting screened is the other critical component necessary in order to beat this highly curable, but infrequently detected, disease.
The most valuable attribute of this project is not the complex advancements in technology that allowed for building such an intensive testing and reporting system, but the ability for health service providers to diagnose and treat previously undetected diseases thus saving the lives of the screened newborns.