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Market cap is the total market value to buy the whole company. It is equal to the share price times the number of shares outstanding. Alere Inc's share price for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was $39.85. Alere Inc's shares outstanding for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was 83 Mil. Therefore, Alere Inc's market cap for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was $3,481 Mil.
Alere Inc's quarterly market cap increased from Mar. 2014 ($2,836 Mil) to Jun. 2014 ($3,098 Mil) and increased from Jun. 2014 ($3,098 Mil) to Sep. 2014 ($3,311 Mil).
Alere Inc's annual market cap declined from Dec. 2011 ($1,847 Mil) to Dec. 2012 ($1,497 Mil) but then increased from Dec. 2012 ($1,497 Mil) to Dec. 2013 ($2,968 Mil).
Enterprise value is the theoretical takeover price. It is more comprehensive than market capitalization (market cap), which only includes common equity. Enterprise Value is calculated as the market cap plus debt and minority interest and preferred shares, minus total cash and cash equivalents. Alere Inc's enterprise value for Today is $7,407 Mil.
Market cap is the short version of market capitalization. It is the total market value to buy the whole company. It is equal to the share price times the number of shares outstanding.
Alere Inc's Market Cap for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as
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Alere Inc's Market Cap for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 is calculated as
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Market cap is not the real price you pay for a company. If you buy the company and become its owner, you become the owner of the cash the company has, and you also assume the companys debt. The real price you pay is the Enterprise Value.
Warren Buffett uses the ratio of total market cap of all public traded companies over GDP to measure if the market is expensive. As of April 2012, the US total market cap is about $14.7 trillion, while the US GDP is about $15 trillion. The market was modestly overvalued.
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