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Computerized Investing > Third Quarter 2012

The Top Web-Based Fundamental Stock Screening Services

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by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Stock screening is a quick and easy way for investors to identify potential investment opportunities. The time we save from sifting through the seemingly endless list of publicly traded companies can be better used instead to analyze the companies that pass our filters.

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