I'm trying to find out the debt/equity ratio (percentage) for various stocks. I'm keen to know the ratio based on the market value of equities, not the book value.

I was told that Google Finance and Yahoo Finance have this number, albeit I couldn't find it.

For example, this page on Yahoo: http://finance.yahoo.com/q/ks?s=TSM has two statistics under Balance Sheet:

  • Total Debt/Equity (mrq)
  • Current Ratio (mrq)

Neither of these are expressed as a percentage. Where can I find the debt/equity ratio, as a percentage, with the market value of equity? (Or, where can I find enough data to calculate this)?

This is of course for any arbitrary stock.

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In order to calculate the ratio you are looking for, just divide total debt by the market capitalization of the stock. Both values can be found on the link you provided. The market capitalization is the market value of equity.

  • What about Google Finance's page: viewing a stock, then Financials, then Balance Sheet? It has "total debt" and "total equity." Are these book or market values?
    – ashes999
    Commented Feb 27, 2012 at 20:14
  • Total equity in the balance sheet is book value. Market capitalization is the market value of the company`s equity.
    – user5838
    Commented Feb 27, 2012 at 21:25

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