The Raw Materials You Need To Make An Informed Investment Judgment

Forget the old saying about lies, damned lies, and statistics. Yes, numbers can be misleading, but you can really judge a stock only if you know its vital statistics. And here they are. In the pages ahead, you will find plenty of the numbers you need to make sound choices. But you've got to do more than just turn to the column showing the earnings forecasts for these 900 companies. Such predictions frequently turn out to be wrong. Instead, you need to compare a stock's parameters with its industry averages. The tables included with this story have sliced and diced the numbers in some interesting ways using classic value or growth screens. But whether a stock is truly cheap or otherwise alluring, it won't matter unless it passes muster with the market -- which is, ultimately, you.

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