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Earnings per Share

In a given fiscal year, a publicly-traded company's profit divided by the number of shares outstanding. This is considered the single most important aspect in determining a share's price and value, because the calculation of earnings per share shows the amount of money to which a shareholder would be entitled in the event of the company's liquidation. In general, earnings per share applies only to common shares. It is calculated thusly:

Earnings per share = (Net income - Preferred dividends) / Average shares outstanding.


Earnings per share (EPS).

Earnings per share (EPS) is calculated by dividing a company's total earnings by the number of outstanding shares.

For example, if a company earns $100 million in a year and has 50 million outstanding shares, the earnings per share are $2.

Earnings per share can also be calculated on a fully diluted basis, by adding outstanding stock options, rights, and warrants to the outstanding shares.

The results report what EPS would be if all of those options, rights, and warrants were exercised and the company had to issue more shares to meet its obligations.

Earnings and other financial measures are provided on a per share basis to make it easier for you to analyze the information and compare the results to those of other investments.

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Never mind, they will be here soon, and then we'll have a frolic," she said to herself, and thinking she had been mistaken she went into the study to wait.
For a minute she was frightened, and ran to the study door with a fluttering heart, but just as she touched the handle a queer, stifled sort of giggle made her stop short and turn red with anger.
The storm had cleared the air for the rest of the house, and a better state of things now began than there had been since old Brooke had left; but an angry, dark spot of thunder-cloud still hung over the end of the passage where Flashman's study and that of East and Tom lay.
Greatly were they drawn then towards old Diggs, who, in an uncouth way, began to take a good deal of notice of them, and once or twice came to their study when Flashman was there, who immediately decamped in consequence.
Diggs, who had attended the auction, remembered who had bought the lots, and came to their study soon after, and sat silent for some time, cracking his great red finger-joints.
On this question of the study of delusions, the practical effect of the modern theories, as Dr.
I say only that the study of the behaviour of living bodies, in the present state of our knowledge, is distinct from physics.
One large-scale study of 352 men (Hernes, Harstad, & Fossa, 1996) conducted during three time periods over a time span of 12 years, found that patient delay of less than 16 weeks in men with Seminoma-type tumours was correlated with the incidence of stage I disease and that in all patients (both Teratoma-type and Seminoma-type) patient delay of three months or more was significantly correlated with a decreased five-year survival rate.
The Early Head Start evaluation is a study of program effects and includes a longitudinal study of infants and toddlers in low-income families.
While these findings suggested that shorter treatment interruptions may be optimal because the virus may not have an opportunity to rebound, the randomized Staccato study failed to replicate these results using the same STI design.
Rather than conducting a large, full-scale quantitative study, we'll interview 100 farmers to get a snapshot," he explains.