FUTURES CONTRACT Definition

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FUTURES CONTRACT is an agreement to buy or sell a specific amount of a commodity or financial instrument at a specified price on a specified future date. Futures con­tracts are traded on a commodity exchange and used both for speculation and hedging.

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FINANCIAL RATIO is the result of dividing one financial statement item by another. Ratios help analysts interpret financial statements by focusing on specific relationships.

YELLOW SHEETS is a daily publication of the National Quotation Bureau that details the bid and asked prices and firms that make a market in corporate bonds traded in the over-the-counter market. Yellow Sheets are to bonds what pink sheets are to unlisted stocks.

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