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September 07, 2010 – Comments (5)

Before you research a company, how do you usually find out about it?

I do three things: 1) Just look at a lot of caps blogs and caps home and click on whatever pitches I like, and then research them more 2)  Read top news articles on yahoo finance and bloomberg that have a ticker in the article 3) Find an industry I like, then run a bunch of screeners.

But honestly I find the most stocks to research hear on CAPS. 

What about you guys?

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#1) On September 07, 2010 at 1:21 AM, goalie37 (91.55) wrote:

Probably TMF and CAPS for me as well, but I am always searching for new stocks.  Sometimes I will use a screener if I am looking for a smaller company.  Most of my holdings are larger corporations that are known to everybody, and the journey from being aware of a brand to a shareholder of the company is a slow process.

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#2) On September 07, 2010 at 8:46 AM, cashkid79 (94.72) wrote:

Depends on your style of investing

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#3) On September 07, 2010 at 9:55 AM, lemoneater (67.80) wrote:

1. Ideas from articles on MF: ISRG, SCCO (used to be PCU), PANL, etc.

2. Suggestions from fellow Capsters: IPHS, ICAD.

3. Ideas from articles on Seeking Alpha: EMITF, PSO.

4. Suggestions from my husband: XLNX, MDT, CAJ.

5. Companies not too far from places I've lived. GLW, DUK.

6. Companies in my frig, cabinets, and desk. HNZ, UL, MMM.

Have a good day!

 

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#4) On September 07, 2010 at 10:36 AM, JaysRage (88.89) wrote:

You will need to eventually develop your own investing style.  CAPS screeners are an OK way to start, but you'll have to figure what you want to screen for.   Good pitches are few and far between, so it limits your options....screeners are better. 

I look for low debt, low P/E ratio, solid to rapid growth in positive revenue and earnings, mid-cap or smaller market capitalization, reasonable liquidity and a price above $5.   Then I begin to weed out stocks from there.  

I know there are a lot of people there that look for cash flow or "intrinsic book value".   There are some real merits there.   I don't focus there, but I do see the value. 

Most important is to know WHY you are looking for the things you do.....what the risks are in focusing on those things....and how to recognize the real deal when you see it and how to know the danger signs when you see them.    I will sometimes get burned because of my lack of focus on cash flow.....but I know that and I now watch for the warning signs of dangerous cash flow problems.  

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#5) On September 07, 2010 at 1:45 PM, Valyooo (99.39) wrote:

Great responses all, especially JaysRage.

I am with you on not focusing on intrinsic book value.  If I wanted to buy something just because it is 'discounted' I would just use eBay.  I want to see earnings.

Of course, a combination of the two is great, especially with this M&A craze

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