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Fire Your Stock Analyst!: Analyzing Stocks on Your Own by Harry Domash

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Reuters Investor Bulletproof Stocks

This screen finds candidates unlikely to be bankruptcy candidates any time soon.

Except for firms filing bankruptcy to avoid big lawsuits, companies usually fail for only one reason: they run out of cash. Some are recent startups that never reached profitability and folded when they used up their initial public offering (IPO) stash and couldn’t raise more. Others are formerly successful firms that ran into tough times when their earnings slumped to a level where they could no longer make interest payments.

Both categories share similar symptoms. They’re either burning cash—that is, more cash is flowing out than in—or their cash flow isn’t sufficient to service their debt. Avoiding bankruptcy candidates boils ...

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