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The analysis of a variable's past value changes to determine if a trend exists and, if so, what the trend indicates. A technical analyst may graph a stock's price throughout a period of time to determine whether a trend has been established. Analysts often attempt to determine if trends exist for a firm's earnings per share. Compare ratio analysis.
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