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Over the past 5 years, Company X has posted double-digit growth in annual revenues, combined with a substantial improvement in operating margins. Since this growth is likely to persist in the future, the stock of Company X will soon experience dramatic appreciation.

The argument above is based on which of the following assumptions?

A)Company X has a large market share in its industry.
B)Prior to the last 5 years, Company X had experienced similarly dramatic growth in sales associated with stable or improving operating margins.
C)The growth of Company X is likely to persist in the future.
D)The current price of the stock of Company X does not fully reflect the promising growth prospects of the firm.
E) The stock of Company X will outperform other stocks in the same industry.
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Use POE.

A)Company X has a large market share in its industry.
Irrelevant. Does not tell us how the value of the company's stocks will appreciate.

B)Prior to the last 5 years, Company X had experienced similarly dramatic growth in sales associated with stable or improving operating margins.
This tells us that the Sales increased when the operating margins improved. Does not say anything about stock value.

C)The growth of Company X is likely to persist in the future.
Restatement. Does not say anything about stock value.

E) The stock of Company X will outperform other stocks in the same industry.
Comparison with stocks of other companies is irrelevant.

D)The current price of the stock of Company X does not fully reflect the promising growth prospects of the firm.
Correct answer. Author is assuming that the price of the stock should be/will be higher due to the growth in revenues and improvement in operating margins.
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Isn't it too hard to assume D....any better explanation?
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Isn't it too hard to assume D....any better explanation?

Negate D.

The answer choice becomes:
The current price of the stock of Company X [strike]does not[/strike] fully reflects the promising growth prospects of the firm.

So it means that the growth and increasing OPM has already been factored in. So no more scope of growth in share value.

D is clearly the answer.
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Agree with yossarian84. Negation works best here.
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Over the past 5 years, Company X has posted double-digit growth in annual revenues, combined with a substantial improvement in operating margins. Since this growth is likely to persist in the future, the stock of Company X will soon experience dramatic appreciation.

The argument above is based on which of the following assumptions?
a) Company X has a large market share in its industry.
b)Prior to the last 5 years, Company X had experienced similarly dramatic growth in sales associated with stable or improving operating margins.
c)The growth of Company X is likely to persist in the future.
d)The current price of the stock of Company X does not fully reflect the promising growth prospects of the firm.
e)The stock of Company X will outperform other stocks in the same industry.
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Over the past 5 years, Company X has posted double-digit growth in annual revenues, combined with a substantial improvement in operating margins. Since this growth is likely to persist in the future, the stock of Company X will soon experience dramatic appreciation.

The argument above is based on which of the following assumptions?
a) Company X has a large market share in its industry.
b)Prior to the last 5 years, Company X had experienced similarly dramatic growth in sales associated with stable or improving operating margins.
c)The growth of Company X is likely to persist in the future.
d)The current price of the stock of Company X does not fully reflect the promising growth prospects of the firm.
e)The stock of Company X will outperform other stocks in the same industry.


An assumption is the missing link between the evidence and the conclusion. On assumption questions, we want to:

1) Paraphrase the conclusion;
2) summarize the evidence; and
3) predict what's required to connect the two.

Deconstructing this argument, we see that the author's conclusion is a prediction: the stock is about to skyrocket. The evidence that supposedly supports this prediction is that the company has had great growth over the last 5 years and that the growth is likely to continue.

We ask ourselves: "selves, what could the author be ignoring that would prevent the prediction from coming true?"

We answer ourselves: "selves, the author hasn't told us anything about the stock's previous performance - we don't know if its current value already reflects the previous growth and/or speculation of future growth."

Finally, we predict the answer: the author is assuming that the current stock price does NOT take into account the company's growth/potential for growth.

Armed with that prediction, we attack the choices and quickly and confidently select (D).

On a CAT, we'd barely even look at the remaining choices (when you have a prediction, the only question you ask is "does this match" - if a choice doesn't match, fly right by it). However, when the CAT is over, you always want to thoroughly review the questions, so let's slip into "review mode" for a moment.

Many people are tempted by choices like "c)The growth of Company X is likely to persist in the future." Here's something important to remember: an assumption is an unstated piece of evidence. Since the stimulus already tells us that (C) is true, the author doesn't need to assume it.

Our takeaway: we never question the evidence that's explicitly presented - the vulnerable parts of the argument are the assumptions, which the author didn't bother to write down on the page.
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Over the past 5 years, Company X has posted double-digit growth in annual revenues, combined with a substantial improvement in operating margins. Since this growth is likely to persist in the future, the stock of Company X will soon experience dramatic appreciation.

The argument above is based on which of the following assumptions?
a) Company X has a large market share in its industry.
b)Prior to the last 5 years, Company X had experienced similarly dramatic growth in sales associated with stable or improving operating margins.
c)The growth of Company X is likely to persist in the future.
d)The current price of the stock of Company X does not fully reflect the promising growth prospects of the firm.
e)The stock of Company X will outperform other stocks in the same industry.
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well to begin with this question is worthless , it requires you to know the terminology( growth company vs growth stock) ..!
k..coming back to the gmat world since this is an assumption question just use assumption negation technique..
a) company X does not have a large market share---don't give a rat's a**, move on..
b) since the whole stem talks abt a 5 yr span and the future it is irrelevent to talk outside tht time period
c) the growth of the company is not likely to persist in the future--contradicts the stem itself
d) Tthe current price fully reflects the promising growth prospects------aahaa!..if the current price reflects all the prospects then there is no reason for the share to be overpriced in the future..tht's whr a little knowlege abt stocks comes in handy!
e) useless crap..move on..:)
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i didn't get this :(
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+1 D.

Negate the choices. C was already stated, so that one should be crossed off.

a is irrelevant
b deals with the past, also irrelevant to the conclusion which deals with the future.
e While the stock can outperform its sector, it doesn't necessarily mean there will be a rise or appreciation.

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Over the past 5 years, Company X has posted double-digit growth in annual revenues, combined with a substantial improvement in operating margins. Since this growth is likely to persist in the future, the stock of Company X will soon experience dramatic appreciation.

The argument above is based on which of the following assumptions?
a) Company X has a large market share in its industry.
b)Prior to the last 5 years, Company X had experienced similarly dramatic growth in sales associated with stable or improving operating margins.
c)The growth of Company X is likely to persist in the future.
d)The current price of the stock of Company X does not fully reflect the promising growth prospects of the firm.
e)The stock of Company X will outperform other stocks in the same industry.
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I chose D, applying the negation technique....
C was tempting, but it is already stated in the passage...
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The argument made a sweeping next statement after substantial improvement in operating margins to saying that growth is likely to persist and that the company's stock price is going to increase dramatically. How is this supported by the argument? Its not, therefore an unstated premise or assumption has been made, only D provides an assumption relevant to this that says we assume that the current stock price does not reflect the full appreciation of the company (don't you love multiples :).

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Over the past 5 years, Company X has posted double-digit growth in annual revenues, combined with a substantial improvement in operating margins. Since this growth is likely to persist in the future, the stock of Company X will soon experience dramatic appreciation.

The argument above is based on which of the following assumptions?
a) Company X has a large market share in its industry.
b)Prior to the last 5 years, Company X had experienced similarly dramatic growth in sales associated with stable or improving operating margins.
c)The growth of Company X is likely to persist in the future.
d)The current price of the stock of Company X does not fully reflect the promising growth prospects of the firm.
e)The stock of Company X will outperform other stocks in the same industry.
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Author assumes that with the consistant growth of the company, the growth in the stocks will also take place which is why, current stocks do not reflect positive results what it's growth does.

Author is optimistic that the growth in terms of stocks will steadily take place with the overall growth of the company.


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This is a strange question. If you bring in outside knowledge -- specifically, if you consider the efficient markets hypothesis, which you will learn about DURING your MBA -- the question is painfully easy without even analyzing the argument precisely. It is as if the question writer got confused between writing a GMAT question and writing a question for a Corporate Finance quiz.
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D is correct. But this is a really good question.
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D, straight, easy... wish all GMAT questions were like this one
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D. good question
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D. easy one. No more than 1 contender for OA.
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for those using negation technique- keep in mind that it is logical negation that works all the time and not the exact opposite. Check out the Powerscore Bible for more on that technique
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