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Firms with First-Rate Growth

Our Premium Stock Screener finds quality growth in unexpected places.

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Growth is always top of mind for corporate America. If a company is able to sell more products--or boost prices on existing offerings--revenue should naturally increase over time. But top-line growth alone isn't enough to make a compelling investment opportunity. You also want companies that have demonstrated profitable growth without taking on crushing debt loads. 

For this week's Five-Star Investor, we started by screening for companies that have consistently boosted top-line sales over the past four years. (As always, we cooked up our recipe using Morningstar's  Premium Stock Screener.) With the economy just now shaking off its recessionary slump, most firms found that tough to do. Only about 20% of the roughly 6,600 companies in Morningstar's equity database consistently boosted sales over that time period.

Amy C. Arnott does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.