Rules of the Game: Three Solid Performers to Watch

When seeking some large-cap anchors for equity overlay positions within your portfolio, it's crucial to screen for solid earnings track records. Historically, many of the best price movers sport several quarters of double-digit earnings gains. I regularly run scans for this type of growth, and compare the results against the earnings estimates for the next year or two.

1. Comcast (CMCSA) was among the large caps uncovered by my scan. The company grew earnings between 19% and 39% in the past four quarters. Income grew in each of the past six years, and Wall Street expects a 23% increase in 2012, to $1.94 per share. Comcast is scheduled to report full-year and fourth-quarter results on Feb. 13 before the market open. Comcast's dividend yield stands at 1.7%....392 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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