Triple-Threat Stocks

Here are 16 companies that produced gains in earnings per share, sales, and return on equity in each of the last five years

By Michael Kaye, CFA

It's always nice to find investing candidates with solid track records in earnings growth. Companies with steadily rising sales are worthy of consideration as well. And so are outfits with a good history of gains in return on equity.

How about some names that fit all three descriptions? That's the theme of this week's screen. We looked for companies that have recorded gains in earnings per share, sales, and return on equity in each of the last five years.

When we ran the numbers, these 16 names emerged:

Three-time winners
Company/ticker
Anheuser-Busch (BUD )
Career Education (CECO )
CIMA Labs (CIMA )
Closure Medical (CLSR )
Corinthian Colleges (COCO )
Corvel Corp (CRVL )
Forest Labs (FRL )
Frisch's Restaurants (FRS )
NVR Inc. (NVR )
Quality Systems (QSII )
Rollins Inc (ROL )
Ryan's Family Steak House (RYAN )
Ryland Group (RYL )
SCP Pool (POOL )
Henry Schein (HSIC )
Sysco Corp. (SYY )

Kaye is a portfolio services analyst for Standard & Poor's

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