price-earnings ratio

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price-earn·ings ratio

The ratio of the market price of a common stock to its earnings per share.

price-earnings ratio

(Stock Exchange) the ratio of the price of a share on a stock exchange to the earnings per share, used as a measure of a company's future profitability. Abbreviation: P/E ratio

price′-earn′ings ra`tio

the current price of a share of common stock divided by earnings per share over a 12-month period, often used in stock evaluation. Abbr.: p/e
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These companies were trading on price to earnings ratios upwards of 300 and 900 times respectively by the end of the year.
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Under Cullen's investment strategy, the portfolio manager seeks out mid-sized and large cap companies that possess three key elements: attractively low valuations evidenced by low price to earnings ratios and low price to book ratios, dividend yields which are greater than the S&P 500 as this has historically served to offer downside protection, and lower than average dividend payout rates that are growing.