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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 (end-of-period, EOP). Spartech Corporation's share price for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2012 was $8.56. Spartech Corporation's shares outstanding (EOP) for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2012 was 31 Mil. Therefore, Spartech Corporation's market cap for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2012 was $265 Mil.
Spartech Corporation's quarterly market cap increased from Apr. 2012 ($151 Mil) to Jul. 2012 ($157 Mil) and increased from Jul. 2012 ($157 Mil) to Oct. 2012 ($265 Mil).
Spartech Corporation's annual market cap declined from Oct. 2010 ($258 Mil) to Oct. 2011 ($124 Mil) but then increased from Oct. 2011 ($124 Mil) to Oct. 2012 ($264 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. Spartech Corporation's enterprise value for Today is $465 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.
Spartech Corporation's Market Cap for the fiscal year that ended in Oct. 2012 is calculated as
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Spartech Corporation's Market Cap for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2012 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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