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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. NorthWestern Corp's share price for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was $45.88. NorthWestern Corp's shares outstanding for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was 39 Mil. Therefore, NorthWestern Corp's market cap for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was $2,262 Mil.
NorthWestern Corp's quarterly market cap increased from Mar. 2014 ($2,028 Mil) to Jun. 2014 ($2,231 Mil) but then declined from Jun. 2014 ($2,231 Mil) to Sep. 2014 ($1,796 Mil).
NorthWestern Corp's annual market cap declined from Dec. 2011 ($1,298 Mil) to Dec. 2012 ($1,293 Mil) but then increased from Dec. 2012 ($1,293 Mil) to Dec. 2013 ($1,679 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. NorthWestern Corp's enterprise value for Today is $3,625 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.
NorthWestern Corp's Market Cap for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as
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NorthWestern Corp'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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