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Searching the P/E for Royald Dutch Petrol I found under Quotes/Data, detailed: P/E = 30. However, under Quotes/Data, snapshot I see a P/E of 272.44. Why do two different figures appear, please? How are they computed?

By the way, under snapshot there several abbreviations, such as Price/Earnings (TTM) or Price/book (MRQ). What does TTM and MRQ stand for?

Sorry, for these foolish questions, but I'm afraid I've become a FOOL. Thanks a lot for your help.

Yours very truly,
Franz Loidl, Vienna, Austria
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<<Searching the P/E for Royald Dutch Petrol I found under Quotes/Data, detailed: P/E = 30. However, under Quotes/Data, snapshot I see a P/E of 272.44. Why do two different figures appear, please? How are they computed?

By the way, under snapshot there several abbreviations, such as Price/Earnings (TTM) or Price/book (MRQ). What does TTM and MRQ stand for?>>

No need to apologize, Franz! You're asking some good questions!

TTM = trailing twelve months. It's a better way of saying "in the last year." Imagine that we're now in the 3rd quarter of a company's year. Trailing twelve months means the last 4 reported quarters, even though they straddle two fiscal years.

MRQ = I'm guessing, but it must be "most recent quarter."

Why are the P/Es different? I suspect it's because we use different data providers for the two items (snapshot vs. quotes) and each provider might use different data. For example, you can calculate a P/E based on the current estimated earnings for the current year. Or on the trailing twelve months of earnings. P/E is simply price in relation to earnings -- but WHICH earnings? :) There are choices there, so several different possibilities. Also, even if they use the same numbers, perhaps a company just reported new numbers and one provider has incorporated them and the other hasn't got to it yet, but will tomorrow. Another possibility.

Selena
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