What Is Trailing Earnings Per Share (EPS)?
Trailing earnings per share (EPS) is a company's earnings generated over a prior period (often a fiscal year) reported on a per-share basis.
The term "trailing" moreover implies a value calculated on a rolling basis. That is, trailing EPS may describe the most recent 12-month period or four earnings releases. The period used for a trailing EPS will change as the most recent earnings are added to the calculation and earnings from five quarters ago are dropped from the calculation.
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