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Frequently Asked Questions




  • What services does Value Prime offer?

    Value Prime provides independent stock analysis, as well as offers analytics consulting and analytical sales tools development services for its institutional clients.

    Our equity research reports provide comprehensive quantitative and statistical analysis of NYSE, AMEX, NASDAQ stocks. Our mission is to provide objective equity research which is actionable, practical and educational. The stock reports also contain stock ratings using investment approaches of Wall Street experts based on our interpretation of their published writings.

    Value Prime Research & Analytics consulting provides qualitative and quantitative research services. Our extensive experience in quantitative modeling and analysis enables us to provide customized sales and marketing tools which can dramatically improve a company's selling effectiveness and increase its competitive advantage.

    What differentiates Value Prime from other financial stock analysis sites?

    What makes Value Prime unique is the proven quantitative methodologies it uses to forecast stock performance from various angles in an easy-to-understand format. Value Prime provides the most comprehensive stock analysis reports, which you will not find anywhere else, either in print or on the Internet. Value Prime uses sophisticated statistical models to analyze stocks for risk, valuation, financial strength and momentum. We also perform this analysis using published strategies of Wall Street experts such as Buffet, Lynch and others. We then present these results in an easy-to-understand format that makes the buy, sell or hold decision easier for our subscribers.

    How do you determine ratings for each stock?

    Value Prime utilizes the most advanced models to analyze stocks. Here is our overall methodology:

    • For our stock valuations, whenever available, the trailing 12-month data is used. Otherwise, we use data reported in company's latest 10K.
    • Each stock is then analyzed for fair market value based on discounted cash flow (DCF), relative valuations and other proprietary techniques. We have designed a number of distinct equity valuation models, each applicable to particular sectors. For example, because of the unique characteristics of the financial and technology sectors, the Value Prime engine uses different models to analyze stocks in each of these sectors.

    • Each stock is then rated for financial strength, risk, momentum and valuation (see the above diagram).
    • Value Prime also provides stock ratings using investment approaches of Wall Street experts based on our interpretation of their published writings. These experts include: Warren Buffet, Peter Lynch, William O'Neil, Bill Miller, Richard Driehaus and John Neff.
    • Finally, we combine all the above factors and give each stock an overall letter rating from F to A.
    Do you use different models for different industries?

    Yes, Value Prime has developed distinct valuation models to address different industries. These models take into consideration the special characteristics of each industry.

    What does the Overall Stock Rating signify?

    This rating shows the stock's overall long-term outlook. This rating is based on the stock's long-term price appreciation potential, risk, long-term growth potential and other factors. Overall Ratings range from "F" (very poor) to "A" (excellent). About 5% of the stocks in our database earn an "A" rating.

    What does the Valuation Rating signify?

    This rating gives an indication of stocks's long-term price appreciation potential. It is calculated based on company's intrinsic and relative valuation results. A very high or high Valuation rating indicates that both intrinsic and relative valuations point to attractiveness of the stock. Conversely, A very low or low Valuation Rating shows that both intrinsic and relative valuations point to the unattractiveness of the stock.

    What does the Risk Rating signify?

    This rating gives an indication of stocks's long-term risk. It is calculated based on a number of factors, including stock's average return and volatility over the recent 5 years. A stock with a low risk rating, for example, would indicate that it is safer and more predictable than a stock with a higher risk rating.

    What does the Momentum Rating signify?

    This rating shows stock's long-term growth potential and dynamics. It is calculated based on factors such as stock's average annual earnings growth, stock's average annual sales growth, stock's price movements and a number of other factors. A stock with a high growth rating, for example, would indicate that the stock's growth momentum is strong and positive over the long-term.

    What does the "Wall Street Experts" Rating signify?

    In addition to providing quantitative and statistical analysis of NYSE, AMEX, NASDAQ stocks, Value Prime provides stock ratings using investment approaches of Wall Street experts based on our interpretation of their published writings. These experts include: Warren Buffet, Peter Lynch, William O'Neil, Bill Miller, Richard Driehaus and John Neff. These ratings provide yet another way of evaluating a stock's long-term potential.

    Do stocks that are undervalued always get a better Overall Rating that stocks that are overvalued?

    Not necessarily. It is quit possible for a stock to be overvalued, but have a high Overall Rating. It is also possible for a stock to be undervalued, but have a low Overall Rating. This is because the Overall Rating system also examines other factors such as risk and long-term growth potential for the stock. It is therefore recommended to look at all five ratings (overall, financial strength, risk, valuation and momentum) before drawing any conclusions.

    Should I buy or sell stocks based on the analysis provided by Value Prime?

    Please read our DISCLAIMER carefully before using Value Prime. The information on this site is generic and does not represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. You should seek the advice of a qualified investment professional prior to making any investment decisions.

    How often are the stock reports updated?

    All the reports are updated once a week.


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