Return on equity (ROE)

Definition:

Indicator of profitability. Determined by dividing net income for the past 12 months by common stockholder equity (adjusted for stock splits). Result is shown as a percentage. Investors use ROE as a measure of how a company is using its money. ROE may be decomposed into return on assets (ROA) multiplied by financial leverage (total assets/total equity).

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Up volume

When a stock closes increases in value on a particular day, the volume in that stock is considered up volume. Related: Down volume.

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