- earnings growers still reasonably priced as judged by the PEG ratio
- low debt
- a history of high return on equity and investment, and
- price momentum as gauged by the percentage the stock is trading to its 250 day high.
When the screen results in more than 10 stocks I have also started tracking returns of the top 10 stocks at the beginning of each list, the top 10 are selected based on fundamental factors. The top 10 on March's list returned an average of 10.77% and the top 10 for April did slightly better than the entire list returning -8.01%. This month has less than 10 qualifying stocks. For the full list of stocks and results, please see the right hand side of Scott's Investments.
The screen has tested well historically in bullish periods so strategies an investor could use to avoid drawdowns would be to either:
- abandon this type of strategy entirely when the S&P 500 or another major index is below a long term moving average, or
hedge positions with a position in SH or write a short option strategy on an equity index or ETF like SPY.
|MDF||Metropolitan Health Networks,||Here||3.99||159.26||Healthcare Facilities|
|ARO||Aeropostale, Inc.||Here||29.62||2770.17||Retail (Apparel)|
|UTI||Universal Technical Institute||Here||24||578.8||Schools|
|FCFS||First Cash Financial Services||Here||21.93||660.34||Retail (Specialty)|
|DECK||Deckers Outdoor Corporation||Here||155.05||1999.68||Footwear|
|LRCX||Lam Research Corporation||Here||40.25||5092.99||Semiconductors|
|QCOR||Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc||Here||11.24||697.39||Biotechnology & Drugs|
Disclosure: No positions in stocks mentioned