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L - Lower Risk
Higher-quality companies for investors seeking capital appreciation or income with an emphasis on safety. Company characteristics may include: stable earnings, conservative balance sheets, and an established history of revenue and earnings.
A - Average Risk
Growth situations for investors seeking capital appreciation with an emphasis on safety. Company characteristics may include: moderate volatility, modest balance-sheet leverage, and stable patterns of revenue and earnings.
H - Higher Risk
Higher-growth situations appropriate for investors seeking capital appreciation with the acceptance of risk. Company characteristics may include: higher balance-sheet leverage, dynamic business environments, and higher levels of earnings and price volatility.
S - Speculative Risk
High-growth situations appropriate only for investors willing to accept a high degree of volatility and risk. Company characteristics may include: unpredictable earnings, small capitalization, aggressive growth strategies, rapidly changing market dynamics, high leverage, extreme price volatility and unknown competitive challenges.
O - Outperform
Expected to outperform, on a total return, risk-adjusted basis, the broader U.S. equity market over the next 12 months.
N - Neutral
Expected to perform in line with the broader U.S. equity market over the next 12 months.
U - Underperform
Expected to underperform on a total return, risk-adjusted basis, the broader U.S. equity market over the next 12 months.
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The recommendation and price target contained within this report are based on a time horizon of 12 months but there is no guarantee the objective will be achieved within the specified time horizon. Price targets are determined by a subjective review of fundamental and/or quantitative factors of the issuer, its industry, and the security type. A variety of methods may be used to determine the value of a security including, but not limited to, discounted cash flow, earnings multiples, peer group comparisons, and sum of the parts. Overall market risk, interest rate risk, and general economic risks impact all securities. Specific information regarding the price target and recommendation is provided in the text of our most recent research report.
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As of October 31, 2014, Baird U.S. Equity Research covered 733 companies, with 51% rated Outperform/Buy, 48% rated Neutral/Hold and 1% rated Underperform/Sell. Within these rating categories, 14% of Outperform/Buy-rated and 8% of Neutral/Hold-rated companies have compensated Baird for investment banking services in the past 12 months and/or Baird managed or co-managed a public offering of securities for these companies in the past 12 months.
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