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Computerized Investing > September/October 2003

The IBD Stable 70 Screen

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by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Many of our readers are familiar with William O’Neil’s CAN SLIM growth approach for selecting and managing a portfolio of stocks. O’Neil founded Investor’s Business Daily (IBD), a financial newspaper that represents stock and market information consistent with the CAN SLIM system. Two years ago, IBD started an annual feature called the Stable 70 list, which consists of companies with strong, long-term earnings growth. When putting together the criteria for the Stable 70 list, the editors at IBD tried to isolate the characteristics of those companies that had weathered the recent economic and stock market downturn, much as William O’Neil tried to identify the characteristics of companies prior to their big stock run-up when developing the CAN SLIM approach. In essence, this time they were trying to put together a screen that would yield “recession-proof” companies.

This article will discuss how to apply the IBD Stable 70 screen using AAII’s Stock Investor Pro fundamental stock screening and database program, which covers a universe of approximately 8,000 NYSE, Amex, and Nasdaq National Market, Nasdaq Small Cap, and over-the-counter bulletin board or pink sheet stocks.

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