Revisiting an Old Stock Screen

I do a fair amount of screening, both in order to generate ideas and, more specifically, as a way to identify companies with common attributes that might outperform as a group, or an index. It's a scattergun approach, and it's appropriate to review results from time to time in order to gauge what's working and what isn't. The results are not always what you might expect. Exactly one year ago, I featured one such technique that combined solid profit margins and growing dividends -- a potentially compelling double-barreled approach in the hunt for smaller names that might outperform.

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