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Stock Grades: How the Best Students Fared in 1999

To get a handle on how a company stacks up against the rest in its sector, Morningstar assigns grades that summarize how well each company has performed in the areas of growth, profitability, financial health, and valuation. The grades are designed to give investors a quick picture of each company's strengths and weaknesses.

 Morningstar's Stock Grades: How the Best Students Fared in 1999
1999 Return ( % )
Growth 46.10
Profitability 35.48
Financial Health 30.59
Valuation -21.11
Data as of 12-31-99. Averages are based on companies with grades of A or A+ in each area.