Value Line Low Total Return Screen (3/1/2013)

Companies of Interest

Normally we limit the list of companies to the highest annualized total return candidates that also have a first or second quintile quality ranking. I made an exception in this case for Southwest Airlines (LUV) because of the forecast boosts in this week’s updates — earning LUV a spot on the Materially Stronger part of the update.

Materially Stronger: Clean Harbors (CLH), CoStar Group (CSGP), Gartner (IT), Genessee & Wyoming (GWR), Jack in the Box (JACK), Southwest Airlines (LUV)

Materially Weaker: Arkansas Best (ABFS), Frontline (FRO), United Parcel Service (UPS)

Market Barometers

The Value Line low total return forecast is 7.2%, down slightly from 7.3% last week.

Although we could face a correction near-term, no alarms are sounding on the New Highs vs. New Lows trend … suggesting that protective measures are not yet necessary. The S&P 500 relative strength index has relaxed back to 55.9 after recently being in the overbought (>70) range. Be selective and with MIPAR at 7%, select high-quality and bias overall portfolio quality and financial strength to the higher end of long-term target ranges.

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