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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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 analyst noted Apple's price-earnings ratio of 14.3 is modest compared to expectations for gains in income and revenue through 2013.
Halifax has been logging what it calls (confusingly for stock market investors) a price-earnings ratio. This is the multiple of the average house price to average earnings of full-time male employees.
The broker also noted that easyJet's price-earnings ratio has lagged Ryanair's by between three and five points over recent years.
For example, if a stock trades at a 10-to-1 price-earnings ratio, a $1 million direct tax savings reflected in earnings per share can enhance stock value by $10 million.
Despite solid earnings, Elf lacked the international profile that could improve its price-earnings ratio, which remains relatively low compared to other international oils.
With a net asset value of 155p, dividend yield of five per cent and a price-earnings ratio of six, the shares are worth a look at 127.5p.
Also, the lowest price-earnings ratio of First Investment Bank among the companies in question does not help it to be among the losers, with a depreciation of nearly 29%.
She said Philippine share prices still stood at an average price-earnings ratio of 18 times, meaning the company's price stood much more than what each stock earned per year.