Earnings per Share


EPS. Total earnings divided by the number of shares outstanding. Companies often use a weighted average of shares outstanding over the reporting term. EPS can be calculated for the previous year ("trailing EPS"), for the current year ("current EPS"), or for the coming year ("forward EPS"). Note that last year's EPS would be actual, while current year and forward year EPS would be estimates.

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The analyst's earnings per share estimate for the second quarter was easily exceeded by the company causing a rally in the stock.

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My company was buying back its own stock in an effort to increase the amount of earnings per share we showed instead of actually raising our profits.

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The earnings per share calculation was performed by hand during the meeting to ensure the procedure was capable of being performed by every employee.

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