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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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INNOVATIVE Each room in the new unit at Sunderland has special panoramic glass surroundings - which can be screened off for privacy.
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.
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.
He added: "I was then told to follow the security officers and bring the box to an area screened off from the rest of the airport.
The latest blaze follows a dozen previous attacks on the former Serviceteam depot, which has since been screened off, and bollards added to keep out gipsies.
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 was a patient at the hospital and is believed to have been in an area screened off from the accident and emergency department when she was sexually assaulted.
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.
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.
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.