I notie that on many of the "Ratios" pages on this site companies are said to have negative free cash flows at the same time they have positive overall cash flows.
Am I correct in interpreting this as meaning that such companies are fiscally healthy but unlikely to hike their cash dividends any time soon?
I'm thinking I could use a refresher course on exactly what "cash flow" is. Specifically how it differs from earnings, and how "free cash flow" differs from "ordinary cash flow". I must have known this stuff once, but forgot it somehow, possibly from an erroneous belief that other things were more significant, or could be measured more precisely. [more]
When a company's management is writing off the things it should write off, or paying off debt before it comes due, it is going to make earnings appear to be growing more slowly than they really are, isn't it? [more]