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"A mathematical measure of the sensitivity of rates of return on a portfolio or a given stock compared with rates of return on the market as a whole. A high beta (greater than 1.0) indicates moderate or high price volatility. A beta of 1.5 forecasts a 1.5% change in the return on an asset for every 1% change in the return on the market. High-beta stocks are best to own in a strong bull market but are worst to own in a bear market."
~ Excerpt from Wall Street Words in the Credo Reference database
How do you locate the Beta for a company?
Databases you can use to find the Beta
S&P NetAdvantage U.S. industry profiles, trends, ratios, and statistics, stock reports, mutual fund information, as well as Industry Global Supplements for Europe, Asia, Latin America.