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Building a Stock Screen on O’Neil’s Fourth Edition of CAN SLIM

February 18, 2017

“It is not enough today to just work and earn a salary. To do the things you want to do, to go the places you want to go, to have the things you want to have in your life, you absolutely must save and invest intelligently.”
—William O’Neil

The CAN SLIM approach to stock investing is presented by William J. O’Neil, founder of Investor’s Business Daily, in his book titled “How to Make Money in Stocks: A Winning System in Good Times or Bad” (McGraw-Hill), now in its fourth edition. O’Neil developed the most recent approach by studying the characteristics common to 1,000 of the biggest stock market winners from 1880 through 2009. The rules of the system are based upon the fundamental and technical factors of these winning stocks before they had their big price increases. The fourth edition of the book is the primary basis for this article. The second and third editions served as the basis for the three AAII stock screens focused on the CAN SLIM approach currently tracked at AAII.com: CAN SLIM, CAN SLIM No Float and CAN SLIM Revised 3rd Edition. The screen highlighted in this article represents the CAN SLIM Revised 4th Edition.

This article accompanies John Bajkowski’s article, “William O’Neil’s CAN SLIM Approach to Selecting Growth Stocks Using Fundamental and Technical Data,” which appeared in the November 2016 AAII Journal. Bajkowski’s article goes into more detail on O’Neil’s overall approach, including quantitative and qualitative metrics.

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