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Frequently Asked Questions on 5-Star Ratings
- How often are the star ratings updated?
- How long does a stock have to trade before it gets a star rating?
- Where can I find a history of the star rating for a particular stock?
- Are the star ratings different for stocks that trade on multiple exchanges?
- This stock lost money over the last year. Why does it have a high star rating?
- How are Analyst Consensus Recommendations and 5-Star Ratings different?
- What industry groups are used to group stocks?
- Can we show the star rating for our company in an advertisement?
- Do the star ratings take into account the effect of currency fluctuations for U.S. dollar-denominated stocks?
Ratings are updated every business day.
Stocks and income trusts must trade for at least two years before receiving a rating.[back] [top]
The 5-Star Rating report under Price Reports has the current rating as well as the rating three months ago and one year ago.[back] [top]
Stocks and income trusts are grouped only by industry, and not country, so the rating for the same company on different exchanges is usually the same.[back] [top]
The rating compares price performance against an industry group. A stock that has negative price performance can have a decent rating if it has a good performance relative to its peers.[back] [top]
Analysts' recommendations are based on expected prices. 5-Star Ratings are a measure of realized price performance against a peer group. In other words, ratings are based on price performance in the past, not in the future. They are not a recommendation to purchase a stock.[back] [top]
Communications & media
Management and Diversified
Merchandising & lodging
Oil & gas
Transportation & environmental services
You may reprint the current 5-Star Rating and then link to the full text of the definition on our web site.[back] [top]
The month-over-month price changes in the rating calculation do not include currency fluctuations. Investors may wish to consider the effect of holding foreign currencies when constructing their portfolio.[back] [top]