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    The IBD Stable 70: Screening for Long-Term Growth and Stability

    by Wayne A. Thorp

    In 2001, the analysts and editors at Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) attempted to identify the characteristics of those companies that had weathered the recent economic and stock market downturn. The goal was to apply those factors going forward to identify “recession-proof” stocks. The fruit of their efforts was the IBD Stable 70 list, consisting of companies with strong and stable long-term earnings growth.

    The IBD Stable 70 screen was short-lived within the pages of Investor’s Business Daily. However, a screen that follows the IBD Stable 70 approach is built into Stock Investor Pro, AAII’s fundamental stock screening and research database. In 2004, the IBD Stable 70 screen was the top growth screen among those tracked by AAII, up 29.0%. [For more on 2004 stock screen performance figures, see “Stock Strategy Winners From the 2004 Performance Derby” by John Bajkowski, in the January 2005 AAII Journal and available at AAII.com.]

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