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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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INNOVATIVE Each room in the new unit at Sunderland has special panoramic glass surroundings - which can be screened off for privacy.
Major eyesores which contribute to an "overall feeling of dereliction" would also be tidied up and screened off, while action to create the "best beaches in Wales" would continue.
Nigel Gorvett, donor recruitment manager, said: "The main area that we need help with is to provide a venue that has a reasonable sized room which can be screened off, or two adjacent rooms with appropriate space with tables and chairs for potential donors to complete forms and give the initial blood sample.
Don't tuck it away in a screened off corner as pests will thrive.
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'As a result of this terrible tragedy we have screened off direct view on to the scene as a mark of respect.
At the west end, screened off by glass balustrading, is a stainless steel pit traversed by a glass bridge which links the two laboratory wings.
The woman suffered an alleged sex attack on April 2 as she lay in a bed in an area screened off from the accident and emergency department.
UGLY caravan parks and eyesore buildings will be screened off if a radical strategy to kick start coastal tourism goes ahead.
And it was the emotional highlight of a concert, which saw the band on top form as they played to 35,000 fans in a stadium, which was screened off down the halfway line to reduce the capacity.