price-earnings ratio


price-earn·​ings ratio ˈprīs-ˈər-niŋz- How to pronounce price-earnings ratio (audio)
: a measure of the value of a common stock determined as the ratio of its market price to its annual earnings per share and usually expressed as a simple numeral

Examples of price-earnings ratio in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The stock trades at 1.53 times book with a price-earnings ratio of 12. John Navin, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 By comparison, Meta’s price-earnings ratio is 34, Cristian Tiu, a finance professor at the University of Buffalo, told McClatchy News. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 26 Mar. 2024 Price-to-Sales Ratio The price-earnings ratio is ineffective at gauging the quality of companies with erratic earnings or no earnings at all. Charles Rotblut, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 To give a 10% return at a (better-than-average) price-earnings ratio of 25, Nvidia must earn $200 billion in profit by 2034—twice as much as what Apple and Microsoft make now. Diane Brady, Fortune, 23 Feb. 2024 With a market capitalization of 56.95 billion, the stock is trading at 1.50 times its book value with a price-earnings ratio of 6.29. John Navin, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Additionally, the forward non-GAAP price-earnings ratio is 7.01, which is 27.87% lower than the average over the past five years, indicating that financial market participants remain conservative about Bristol-Myers Squibb's prospects. Gurufocus, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The stock is trading at a 27% discount from its book value, with a price-earnings ratio of 19.88. John Navin, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 The company has a score of 41 for the enterprise-value-to-EBITDA ratio, 10 for shareholder yield and 35 for the price-earnings ratio (remember, the lower the score the better for value). Charles Rotblut, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of price-earnings ratio was in 1929

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“Price-earnings ratio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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