price-earnings ratio

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price-earn·ings ratio

(prīs′ûr′nĭngz)
n.
The ratio of the market price of a common stock to its earnings per share.

price-earnings ratio

n
(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


n.
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
[1960–65]
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Price-earnings ratios are near the high end of their historical ranges.' She was speaking on CBS' 'Sunday Morning' programme.
Last week, however, they were trading 2 to 3 percent lower of their sectoral average price-earnings ratios. The property sector, on the other hand, continued to post positive trades at the price-earnings ratio of 25.33 times.
The Articulation of Price-Earnings Ratios and Market-to-Book Ratios and the Evaluation of Growth, Journal of Accounting Research, 34, 235-259.
Ghalibaf Asl also said the price-earnings ratios showed stock prices were not over-inflated and that he didn't think the stocks boom was a bubble.
The second covers price-earnings ratios, market-to-book ratios, and stock returns; earnings and stock returns; and fundamental analysis and stock returns.
According to Block, "Molodovsky's counter movement principle (rule) was a major breakthrough which provided analysts with their first clear insight into the behavior of price-earnings ratios" (Block, 1995).
This implies a preference for large-cap stocks at the expense of mid and small caps, and for companies with low price-earnings ratios and high yields.
All other major variables whose growth appeared to have departed from historical norms were either not abnormal or derived their growth from rising price-earnings ratios. The question remains, however: What triggered the surge in price-earnings ratios?
British share prices, too, were less highly valued than Wall Street's on terms of price-earnings ratios.
Analysts who hold this view point out that, in the past, high price-earnings ratios have usually been followed by slow growth in stock prices.
Price-earnings ratios by themselves are not effective predictors of stock market value.