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This stock gets high marks from a Buffett-based strategy


Validea's pick of the week provides a detailed report on a company that scores well in the stock-screening service's model portfolios. On, investors can analyze 1,000 Canadian stocks through 12 different guru-based models and get individual reports on each company. Globe Investor has a distribution agreement with Try it.

Connecticut-based FactSet Research Systems Inc. is a global financial data  and analytical applications provider with a market cap of $4.5-billion (U.S.)

The company gets strong interest from the Warren Buffett-based strategy, in part because it has upped EPS in each year of the past decade.

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It has no long-term debt, and it has a return on capital (EBIT/tangible capital employed) of 139 per cent, which ranks 22nd of the thousands of stocks in Validea's database, impressing the Joel Greenblatt-based model.

FactSet has a 2.1 current ratio, a sign of good liquidity, according to the Benjamin Graham-based approach.

It gets some interest from the Martin Zweig-based model, which likes its accelerating earnings growth (22 per cent last quarter vs. 10 per cent average for the three previous quarters) and lack of debt.

The company has a stellar 23.6-per-cent after-tax profit margin and it has a 10-year avg return on equity of 28.8 per cent, which the Buffett model likes.

John Reese has no position in FDS.

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