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How to decide if the gain or loss is part of continuing operations or it is non-operating?

Under U.S. GAAP, the financial statements classify income between income from continuing operations and non-operating income. There is a level of subjectivity that is involved in determining whether the gain or loss should be considered part of continuing operations or it should be part of non-operating.

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