Chapter 14 Financial Statement Analysis

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Learning Objectives

After studying this chapter, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the need for comparative analysis.
  2. Identify the tools of financial statement analysis.
  3. Explain and apply horizontal analysis.
  4. Describe and apply vertical analysis.
  5. Identify and compute ratios used in analyzing a firm's liquidity, profitability, and solvency.
  6. Understand the concept of earning power, and how irregular items are presented.
  7. Understand the concept of quality of earnings.

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