Stock: A type of security that signifies ownership in a corporation and represents a claim on part of the corporation's assets and earnings.There are two main types of stock: common and preferred.
Common stock: Usually entitles the owner to vote at shareholders' meetings and to receive dividends.
Preferred stock: Generally does not have voting rights, but has a higher claim on assets and earnings than the common shares.
Outstanding: Used in the context of general equities. Stock held by shareholders (verses the company's treasury stock).
Market capitalization: The total dollar value of all outstanding shares. Computed as shares times current market price. Capitalization is a measure of corporate size.
Market value: (1) The price at which a security is trading and could presumably be purchased or sold. (2) What investors believe a firm is worth; calculated by multiplying the number of shares outstanding by the current market price of a firm's shares.
Value stocks: Stocks with low price/book ratios or price/earnings ratios. Historically, value stocks have enjoyed higher average returns than growth stocks (stocks with high price/book or P/E ratios) in a variety of countries.
Earnings per share (EPS): A company's profit divided by its number of common outstanding shares. If a company earning $2 million in one year had 2 million common shares of stock outstanding, its EPS would be $1 per share. In calculating EPS, the company often uses a weighted average of shares outstanding over the reporting term. The one-year (historical or trailing) EPS growth rate is calculated as the percentage change in earnings per share. The prospective EPS growth rate is calculated as the percentage change in this year's earnings and the consensus forecast earnings for next year.
Price earning ratio: Ratio for valuing a company that measures its current share price relative to its per-share earnings. For example, suppose that a company is currently trading at $43 a share and its earnings over the last 12 months were $1.95 per share.
In order to tell what part of a conglomerate is involved in media, use Hoovers.
|Traded as||NYSE: DIS
Dow Jones Industrial Average Component
S&P 500 Component
|Founded||October 16, 1923; 92 years ago
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Founders||Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney|
|Headquarters||500 South Buena Vista Street,
Burbank, California, United States
|Bob Iger (Chairman and CEO)|
|Products||Cable television, publishing, films,music, video games, theme parks,broadcasting, radio, web portals|
|Revenue||US$ 48.813 billion (2014):25|
|US$ 12.246 billion (2014):26|
|US$ 8.004 billion (2014):26|
|Total assets||US$ 84.186 billion (2014):66|
|Total equity||US$ 44.958 billion (2014):66|
Number of employees
Now that we've identified Disney as a media company, we want to look at its financial viability and its stocks historically.
|1-Year Sales Growth||7.48%|
|2015 Net Income||$8.38B|
|1-Year Net Income Growth||11.75%|
|Prescreen Score||Low Risk|
Disney grew this year and is projected to continue growth at about the same rate.
As of January 21, stocks were down in comparison to 6 months ago. However, if we take into account the global instability in the financial markets, we can say this isn't a Disney-specific problem. To confirm this, we want to look at other comperable stocks and confirm that their prices were down also.
Stay on top of global financial trends by reading the Wall Street Journal and other financial publications.
Tip: Try a search for your company's name, or for the name of an executive.
Example: Search for facebook or "mark zuckerberg". (Use quotes to keep words together.)
If you can't find company-specific information, try searching for your company's areas of focus.
Example: Search for "search engine optimization" and marketing.
You are also going to need to purchase some small cap stocks. You are likely to find less information about these stocks and will have to use industry trends to inform your purchasing decisions.
Try signing up for a newsletter like that from Penny Pick Alerts to learn about good small cap stock options.
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