Glossary of Analyst Research Report Terms

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Earnings The amount of money remaining after a company pays its bills, taxes, and other expenses. It is also known as net income or net profit. Publicly traded companies usually report their earnings on a quarterly basis.
Earnings Per Share (EPS) A company's earnings, divided by the number of total shares outstanding. EPS tells you how much of a company's profit is attributed to each outstanding share of its common stock.
EBIT Earnings before interest and taxes.
EBITDA Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization.
EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval) The SEC's electronic system that provides online access to many of the documents publicly traded companies file with the SEC. (www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml)
Expense A company's incurring of liabilities, or outflow or depletion of assets, through carrying out the activities that constitute their central operation.