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Buy: Anticipate total return appreciation generally in excess of 15% over the next 12 months.
Speculative Buy: Anticipate total return appreciation generally in excess of 25% over the next 12 months, however, the company is either pre-revenue, has negative cash flow, or a major unpredictable event may occur within 12 months.
Hold: Anticipate limited total return (general appreciation less than 15% [or 25% for speculative rated stocks] or decline less than 10%) over the next 12 months.
Reduce: Near term price outlook is for a negative return; however the long term outlook is for a positive return.
Sell: Near term and long term return is expected to be negative.
Low: Low financial and operations risk, high predictability of financial results, low stock volatility.
Medium: Moderate financial and operations risk, moderate predictability of financial results, moderate stock volatility.
High: High financial and or operation risk, low predictability of financial results, high stock volatility.
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