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Value Line published their own numbers for the nine-month period Dec. 31, 2008 through Sep. 30, 2009 in today's new issue.

Here are their figures:

Strategy.................................... % Change 12/31/08 - 9/30/09

Low Price/Sales ......................................... 127.3%

Low Market Cap ......................................... 112.1%

Low Price/Book Value ................................. 102.8%

Low Price/Earnings ....................................... 39.5%

Value Line Group 1 (Timeliness) .................. 1.0%

Value Line (Geometric) Average ..................... 33.4%

Almost any strategy would have done better than buying and holding their most recommended issues.

Source: Value Line's Timeliness Ranking System Failing Miserably