Stock Screen: Seven High-Quality Names

S&P's latest list rounds up companies with top marks for long-term earnings and dividend performanceand 5-STARS rankings from analysts

In addition to the well-known STARS system intended to forecast stock price movements, Standard & Poor's Equity Research has a number of other proprietary measures, including the Quality Ranking, which assesses the growth and stability of earnings and dividends over the past 10 years. While this is a backward-looking measure not intended to forecast stock price movements, studies have shown that stocks with above-average Quality Rankings tend to outperform over longer-term periods. Of course, what's worked in the past may not work in the future.

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