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price-earnings ratio

[prahys-ur-ningz]
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noun
  1. the current price of a share of common stock divided by earnings per share over a 12-month period, often used in stock evaluation. Abbreviation: p/e
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Origin of price-earnings ratio

First recorded in 1960–65
Also called price-earnings multiple.
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British Dictionary definitions for price-earnings ratio

price-earnings ratio

noun
  1. 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 profitabilityAbbreviation: P/E ratio
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