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Fire Your Stock Analyst!: Analyzing Stocks on Your Own by Harry Domash

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Ratio Comparison

Next, switch to Reuters Ratio report to review your candidate’s historical sales and earnings growth.

Historical Growth Rates

Table 15-2 shows the sales and earnings growth data I found for Comverse Technology.

Table 15-2. A portion of Reuters Ratio report for Comverse Technology. (MRQ is most recent quarter, and TTM is the trailing twelve months [last four quarters]).
Sales (MRQ) vs. Qtr. 1 Year Ago: -7.2 %
Sales (TTM) vs. TTM 1 Year Ago: 19.6%
Sales – 5 Year Growth Rate: 25.7 %
EPS (MRQ) vs. Qtr. 1 Year Ago: -97.5 %
EPS (TTM) vs. TTM 1 Year Ago: 20.0%
EPS – 5 Year Growth Rate: 32.8 %

Comverse’s sales grew, on average, almost 26 percent annually over the past five years. Its earnings grew 33 percent annually, even faster than the ...

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