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I am a retired college faculty in Philosophy, with specializations in Ethics, Socio-political Theory and Rational Choice/Decision Theory. My teaching focus was on Business Ethics, Medical Ethics and Logic. After retirement I freelanced as a Grant Writer/Fund Raising Consultant. I have taught at... More
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  • Runnin' With The Big Dogs?? Woof! 0 comments
    Dec 14, 2012 12:13 PM | about stocks: MRK, PFE, JNJ

    Would you believe that, of the 10 "Dogs of the Dow" that started 2012, only three (yes, 3) at this time satisfy my criteria for minimally acceptable investment:


    ROE > 1

    ROA > 1

    ROI > 1

    Operational Margin > 15%

    Quick Ratio > 1

    Performance YTD > 0

    Payout Ratio < 100




    Johnson & Johnson

    I'm experimenting with the use of Operational Margin, rather than Net Profit. Certainly seems to weed out the riff-raff.

    It is interesting to note that the companies that satisfy my criteria are all in the healthcare sector. With Obamacare being the way things are and shall be for the next four years, maybe this is the sector to invest in.

    Disclosure: I am long PFE.

    Stocks: MRK, PFE, JNJ
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