Glossary of Analyst Research Report Terms

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Goodwill An intangible asset, representing the value of a business's good name, ongoing relations with its customers, and similar factors that may affect its earning power. In an acquisition, the excess of the purchase price above the net tangible assets of the acquired company may be recorded as goodwill on the balance sheet of the acquirer.
Gross Margin A ratio calculated by subtracting the company's cost to manufacture the goods sold from the total sales, and dividing the result by the total sales. This ratio provides a measure of the efficiency of a manufacturing company.
Growth Stocks Stocks of companies that have exhibited faster than average earnings gains and are expected to continue its record of high performance. Such stocks generally have higher price/earnings ratios and do not pay dividends.