Taking a Closer Look at Three Companies

I made it through the first day of the NCAA basketball tournament season yesterday and was still able to get all my tasks accomplished. I am hoping that I can repeat this noteworthy accomplishment, but I will be handicapped by some really intriguing games today. I am sure my Maryland Terrapins will be the latest victim of the North Carolina Tar Heels' juggernaut, but I shall root for them regardless. While I am waiting for the games to begin, I thought I would wander around Wall Street and kick a few more rocks.

I ran a screen looking for good solid companies that are not on the radar screen of most analysts and large pools of capital. I specifically looked for those that have been able to grow sales and earnings over the last five years, are currently profitable and pay a dividend. I also added qualifiers, so that the resulting list of companies had relatively low levels of debt but decent balance sheet liquidity. Few companies made the cut, but those that did are in less-than-exciting but steady businesses. As a last step before digging deeper, I used a modified version of the Ben Graham value calculation to come up with a fair value for each company....501 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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