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Jared, I don't think there are hard rules on these. But a well managed company should have small steady changes in these numbers. Any abrupt change up or down is a blinking yellow light. Its a signal to look into the situation and find out what is going on.

Accounts payable: "stuffing" where you artificially increase sales and earnings by filling customer warehouses with your unsold product might be indicated by changes in numbers.

Accounts receivable: Better collection of unpaid accounts can boost profits temporarily.
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