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

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Financial Highlights Report

Reuters Financial Highlights report lists the company’s quarterly sales and earnings for up to four years. Use this data to assure yourself that you’re researching a real company with real sales and real earnings. Avoid companies with sales (revenues) totaling less than $40 million or so during the most recent four quarters. It’s unlikely that consistent money losers will survive your detailed analysis, so, using the earnings per share history, disqualify firms showing more money losing than profitable quarters.

When I looked, Reuters showed that Comverse Technology had racked up sales totaling more than $1 billion in its last four quarters and had reported positive earnings in each of the 19 quarters listed. So Comverse ...

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