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Operating cash flow

What is operating cash flow?

Operating cash flow refers to the cash generated by a company's core business operations. It reflects how much cash a company produces from its business activities, which is crucial to keeping the business running without needing to rely on external funding.

In detail, operating cash flow can be found on a company's cash flow statement, which reports the inflows and outflows of cash during a specific period. Operating cash flow includes cash received from customers, cash paid to suppliers and employees, and cash paid for operating expenses and taxes. It's a good indicator of a company's short-term financial health, as a positive operating cash flow means the company is able to generate more cash than needed for its operations.

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