PERSISTENT EARNINGS is the level of earnings, from accounting to accounting period, that are continually recurring.
X or XD is a symbol used in newspapers to indicate that a stock is trading ex-dividend, i.e., without dividend. The x symbol is also used in bond tables to signify without interest.
WARRANT, in government accounting, is an order drawn authorizing payment to a designated payee. In securities, it is a security entitling the holder to buy a proportionate amount of stock at some specified future date at a specified price, usually one higher than current market. This "warrant" is then traded as a security, the price of which reflects the value of the underlying stock. Warrants are issued by corporations and often used as a "sweetener" bundled with another class of security to enhance the marketability of the latter. Warrants are like call options, but with much longer time spans -- sometimes years. In addition, warrants are offered by corporations whereas exchange traded call options are not issued by firms.
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