The definition of Fundamental Analysis
Fundamental analysis is a stock valuation method that uses financial and economic analysis to predict the movement of stock prices.
The fundamental information that is analyzed can include a company’s financial reports, and non-financial information such as estimates of the growth of demand for competing products, industry comparisons, and economy-wide changes.
To a fundamentalist, the market price of a stock tends to move towards its intrinsic value. If the intrinsic value of a stock is above the current market price, the investor would purchase the stock, and if the intrinsic value of a stock was below the market price, the investor would sell the stock.
To start a fundamentalist makes an examination of the current and future overall health of the economy as a whole. In this step you should attempt to determine the direction and level of interest rates.
After you analyzed the overall economy then analyze firms individually. You should analyze factors that give the firm a competitive advantage in its sector such as management experience, history of performance, growth potential, low cost producer, and etc.
Some expressions of Stock Fundamental Analysis
For beginning I describe some stock fundamental analysis expressions that are more important:
#1- EPS: (Earnings Per Share)
The portion of a company’s profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock. The amount is computed by dividing net earnings by the number of outstanding shares of common stock. For example, a corporation that earned $10 million last year and has 10 million shares outstanding would report earnings per share of $1.
#2- P/E Ratio: (Price/ EPS)
Also called its “earnings multiple”, Price of a stock divided by its earnings per share. The P/E ratio may either use the reported earnings from the latest year or employ an analyst’s forecast of next year’s earnings. P/E gives investors an idea of how much they are paying for a company’s earning power.
An important notice here is that the P/E ratio is ultimately not an objective measure; a high P/E ratio might show an overvalued stock, or it might reflect a company with high potential for growth.
Dividend is an amount of the profits that a company pays to people who own shares in the company. When a company earns a profit, some of this money is typically reinvested in the business and called retained earnings, and some of it can be paid to its shareholders as a dividend.
#4- Book Value
The book value of an asset or group of assets is sometimes the price at which they were originally acquired ( historic cost ), in many cases equal to purchase price.
#5- Growth Stocks
Growth Stocks in finance , are stocks that appreciate in value and yield a high return on equity (ROE). Analysts compute ROE by taking the company’s net income and dividing it by the company’s equity. To be classified as a growth stock, analysts expect to see at least 15 percent ROE.