Qualitative (STARS) and Quantitative Stock Reports Disclosures

Qualitative (STARS) and Quantitative Stock Reports Disclosures

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Stocks are ranked in accordance with the following ranking methodologies:

STARS Stock Reports:  Qualitative STARS recommendations are determined and assigned by equity analysts. For reports containing STARS recommendations refer to the Glossary section of the report for detailed methodology and the definition of STARS rankings.

Quantitative Stock Reports: Quantitative recommendations are determined by ranking a universe of common stocks based on 5 measures or model categories: Valuation, Quality, Growth, Street Sentiment, and Price Momentum. In the U.S., a sixth sub-category for Financial Health will also be displayed. Percentile scores are used to compare each company to all other companies in the same universe for each model category. The five (six) model category scores are then weighted and rolled up into a single percentile ranking for that company. For reports containing quantitative recommendations refer to the Glossary section of the report for detailed methodology and the definition of Quantitative rankings.

STARS Stock Reports and Quantitative Stock Reports: The methodologies used in STARS Stock Reports and Quantitative Stock Reports (collectively, the “S&P Capital IQ Research Reports” or “Research Reports”) reflect different criteria, assumptions and analytical methods and may have differing recommendations.
The methodologies and data used to generate the different types of Research Reports are believed by the author and distributor reasonable and appropriate. Generally, CFRA does not generate reports with different ranking methodologies for the same issuer. However, in the event that different methodologies or data are used on the analysis of an issuer, the methodologies may lead to different views or recommendations on the issuer, which may at times result in contradicting assessments of an issuer. CFRA reserves the right to alter, replace or vary models, methodologies or assumptions from time to time and without notice to clients.

STARS Stock Reports:

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Analyst Certification
STARS Stock Reports are prepared by the equity research analysts of CFRA and S&P Malaysia, under contract to CFRA. All of the views expressed in STARS Stock Reports accurately reflect the research analyst’s personal views regarding any and all of the subject securities or issuers. Analysts generally update stock reports at least four times each year. No part of analyst, CFRA, or S&P Malaysia compensation was, is, or will be directly or indirectly related to the specific recommendations or views expressed in a STARS Stock Report.

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