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ADJUSTABLE RATE PREFERRED (ARP) is preferred stock issues in which dividends are reset quarterly either at a fixed spread or at a percentage of the highest of three benchmarks on the yield curve. Also known as floating­-rate preferreds.

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CONTRACTOR is the person or entity who will provide the goods or services under the provisions of the contract.

QUICK RATIO (or Acid Test Ratio) is a more rigorous test than the Current Ratio of short-run solvency, the current ability of a firm to pay its current debts as they come due. This ratio considers only cash, marketable securities (cash equivalents) and accounts receivable because they are considered to be the most liquid forms of current assets. A Quick Ratio less than 1.0 implies "dependency" on inventory and other current assets to liquidate short-term debt. Formula: (Cash + Cash Equivalents + Accounts Receivable) / Total Liabilities

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