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What is the difference between basic EPS and diluted EPS?

Basic earnings per share (EPS) will apply a simple capital structure as you only use common shares outstanding to compute EPS. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) will apply a complex capital structure and use additional investment vehicles that will have an impact of the calculation of the companies weighted average common shares outstanding for the diluted EPS calculation.


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