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Director of Communications at BetterInvesting (, a nonprofit dedicated to investment education. Our focus is on long-term investing in growth stocks using fundamental analysis. Companies are mentioned for educational purposes only. No investment recommendations are intended.
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  • AECOM's History Pleasing to the Eye 0 comments
    Jun 8, 2010 9:25 AM | about stocks: ACM
    This month's meeting of BetterInvesting Magazine's Editorial Advisory and Securities Review Committee reminded me why I enjoy these meetings so much. The committee selected AECOM Technology (NYSE:ACM) as the Stock to Study, a company I never would have known about if it weren't for these gatherings. ACM provides a variety of construction-related services and in its relatively short history has displayed excellent growth with great opportunities for additional expansion over the next several years.

    In the Stock Selection Guide for ACM, you see what BetterInvesting members look for in companies they study: sales and earnings growing year by year at relatively high annual rates. (Sales growth should be studied more carefully in this case, however, because the company's gross sales includes a lot of pass-through costs — look at the net revenues.) BetterInvesting members also will consider the company's narrow profit margins and relatively short history (five years of financial results is a minimum requirement), and they'll also be skeptical that the company can continue growing at its historical pace, but there's no doubt a quick look at the Stock Selection Guide's Visual Analysis section will lead many to investigate further.

    Disclosure: No positions
    Themes: construction Stocks: ACM
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