Trailing earnings

Definition:

Past earnings. Often used in the context of the price earnings ratio. This ratio is usually distinguished as price to trailing earnings (today's price divided by the most recent 12 months of earnings) versus price to prospective earnings (today's price divided by consensus forecast earnings for the next 12 months).

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Annual meeting

Meeting of stockholders held once a year at which the managers of a company report to the stockholders on the year's results.

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