02 Jul '11, 7am

IM$avvy Info Hub: Huh, what is outperform? #investment #finance #stocks

Where do you see this? In mutual fund and stock market reports. What does it mean? Generally, the term 'outperform' is used to indicate that a fund is expected to do better than a particular benchmark. For instance, fund ABC is said to outperform the S&P500 benchmark if its return exceeds the S&P500 return. In the case of a stock, analysts often use the term when upgrading a stock whose expected, or actual, return is better than the performance of similar stocks or the overall market in general. Though definitions vary among analysts, the term 'outperform' is usually one rating above 'market perform' or 'neutral', and one rating below 'buy'. Why is it important? When a stock is rated 'outperform', it means that the firm will do better than its industry average. Alternatively, it also means that it is expected to do slightly better than the market return. It is the opposite...

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