Ready, Steady -- Grow


Equity investors find few things more reassuring than a stock with a solid track record. And while past performance is no guarantee of future results, of course, a history of steadily rising profits over a number of years can serve as a good signal of the strength of a company's business.

Along those lines, we set out to uncover some long-term winners in this week's screen. But we also wanted a little something extra. So, in addition to a typical earnings-growth filter -- in this case, five years of consecutive gains in earnings per share -- we wanted to find those companies that had stepped up the pace in a big way. So we looked for outfits that had year-over-year EPS growth of more than 50% for the last full fiscal year of that period -- and also in their most recent fiscal quarters.

Finally, to make sure that these names on the list were stable, liquid companies, all had to have a market cap above $500 million. When we finished running the numbers, these 10 names emerged:

Steady EPS Growth with a Late Kick

Company

Ticker

Coach Inc.

COH

Cognizant Tech Solutions

CTSH

D.R. Horton

DHI

Epicor Software

EPIC

First Marblehead

FMD

Infosys Technologies

INFY

Mediacom Communications

MCCC

Per-Se Technologies

PSTI

Pulte Homes

PHM

Total

TOT


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