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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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The area has been screened off by hoardings, but now special viewing spaces will allow passers-by to see how the project is progressing.
Don't tuck it away in a screened off corner as pests will thrive.
The court heard testimony from several high-ranking members of the Army before the soldiers involved in the training exercise took the stand, screened off by a curtain.
Early this week sniffer dogs were brought in to assist in the search of the 30-foot long garden, which was screened off from public view.
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 boys' grave was screened off by a green tarpaulin while the coffin was taken away.
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.
Each room has special panoramic glass surroundings - which can be screened off for privacy - and they also have clinical waste bins, which enable material to be emptied directly from the ICCU rooms to the external corridor, thereby reducing the risk of infection.
That was the message from scores of business and tourism leaders who say run-down parks should up the ante instead of being screened off.
The chancel will be screened off from the nave this week to allow the smoke-damaged alter to be cleaned, and the pews are being removed and cleaned.
Whilst it makes sense to anticipate an increased demand for medical services to the drunk and disorderly, I'm not so sure that turning the old Guildhall into a bomb shelter complete with screened off cubicles and porta-loos is necessarily sending out the right signals.