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CLOSE is 1. The planned termination of accounting ledger activity with the resultant consolidation within a business, i.e. monthly, quarterly or annual; 2.The final half-hour of a securities trading session; 3. The price of the last transaction for a given security at the end of a given trading session. also called closing price; or, 4. To consummate a sale, contract or ownership transfer.

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BOOK-TO-BILL RATIO is the ratio of orders taken (sic booked) to products shipped and bills sent (sic billed). The ratio is a measure of whether a company has more, equal to or less than the orders than it can likely produce and deliver. The book-to-bill ratio is primarily of interest to investors or traders in the high-tech sector.

CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (CPI) is the measure of change in consumer prices as determined by a monthly survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among the CPI components are the costs of food, housing, transportation, and electricity (i.e., the average cost of a "basket" of goods and services). Also known as the cost-of-living index.

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