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Since we're proud to have some of the smartest investors around the world using our platform, I recently aggregated a list of fundamental and technical metrics that most frequently used by our users as filters in their stock screens. In this post, I would like to share this data back with our community in hopes of inspiring even more insightful stock screens.

#1. Market Capitalization

No surprise here. Market Capitalization or "Market Cap" is a public company's total equity value as implied by the stock's last observed trading price. For example, a stock that traded last at $50 / share and has 1 million shares outstanding will have a Market Cap of $50 million.

Calculation Details

Market Capitalization =  
  Current Stock Price
  (x) Shares Outstanding

Market Cap is frequently used as a proxy for company size. Since the calculation accounts for the market's expectations of value, it is a better indicator of size than alternatives like Revenue and Total Assets.

For instance, a promising biotech company may be in the Research and Development phase with hundreds of employees and still have little or no revenue.

Market Cap is commonly used to group stocks into five categories: Large-Cap, Mid-Cap, Small-Cap, Micro-Cap, and Nano-Cap. The following table summarizes the classification ranges for each category:

Category Range
Large-Cap Greater than $10 billion
Mid-Cap $2 billion to $10 billion
Small-Cap Around $300 million to $2 billion
Micro-Cap $50 million to $2 billion
Nano-Cap Less than $50 million

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#2. Sector

The finbox.io stock screener offers the ability to screen based on the following sectors:

Sector Examples
Consumer Discretionary Retailers, Media, Consumer Service Providers, Apparel
Consumer Staples Food And Beverage, Groceries, Cosmetics
Energy Oil And Gas Exploration And Production, Refineries, Power
Financials Banks, Insurance, Investment Funds
Healthcare Biotechnology, Hospital Management, Medical Devices
Industrials Aerospace, Defense, Machinery, Construction, Manufacturing
Information Technology Electronics Manufacturers, Software Developers, Social Media
Materials Mining, Refining, Chemical, Forestry
Real Estate Real Estate Investment Trusts, Property Managers
Telecommunication Services Internet Service, Wireless & Cable Providers, Satellite Companies
Utilities Electricity, Gas, Water

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#3. Fair Value Upside (finbox.io)

Fair value is the value of a stock based on tangible and intangible factors that contribute to its ability to deliver value for shareholders. Fair value is a stock’s real value which may or may not be similar to the current value reflected in the market.

Discrepancies between the fair value and the current market value create opportunities for investors to purchase assets that can provide excess returns.

finbox.io Fair Value is our proprietary estimate of intrinsic value. We calculate fair value estimates by applying dozens of valuation and risk models to the subject company. These models take into account factors such as credit risk, expected future cash flows, current valuation multiples, valuations of peers and more.

Fair Value Upside (finbox.io) compares finbox.io Fair Value to the current stock price.

Calculation Details

Upside = Fair Value / Current Stock Price - 1  

Note, "Upside" is also known as "Margin of Safety" and the calculations are equivalent. At finbox.io, we refer to it as "upside" for brevity.

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#4. Description

The Description filter is one of my personal favorites. While the "Sector" filter is great for broad categories, the Description filter is a powerful way to search for stocks using keywords like "beer", "baseball", and "flowers".

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#5. Index Membership

Stock Indices are commonly used to group the performance of stocks by classifiers like the exchange on which they trade, size, sector, etc.

At the time of this writing, finbox.io supports the following Indices:

Index Membership Description
S&P 500 Widely regarded as the best single gauge of large-cap U.S. equities, the index includes 500 stocks covering around 80% of available market capitalization.
Dow Jones A price-weighted measure of 30 U.S. blue-chip companies
Nasdaq Common stocks and similar securities listed on the NASDAQ exchange
Russell 1000 Broader index of Large-Cap stocks from which most active money managers typically select
Russell 2000 Serves as a benchmark for Small-Cap stocks in the United States

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#6. Piotroski Score

The Piotroski Score is a stock score developed by Stanford accounting professor Joseph Piotroski. In his paper, Professor Piotroski shared the results of a 20-year backtest that showed a 7.5% increase in returns.

To score a perfect 9 Piotroski Score, a stock must meet each of the following criteria:

  • Change in Debt / Total Assets < 0
  • Change in Current Ratio > 0
  • Change in Diluted Shares Outstanding < 0
  • Return on Assets > 0
  • Operating Cash Flow > 0
  • Change in Return on Assets > 0
  • Operating Cash Flow > Net Income
  • Change in Gross Margin > 0
  • Change in Asset Turnover > 0

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#7. Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)

Return on Invested Capital is used to evaluate the ability of the company to create value for all its stakeholders, debt and equity. ROIC can be used to benchmark companies within an industry, but it is also useful to consider its relationship to the Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC). A company cannot operate indefinitely without covering its cost of capital.

There are several various ways to calculate ROIC but at finbox.io we prefer the following definition since it measures operating performance without differences caused by the use of debt in the capital structure:

ROIC = NOPAT / Average Invested Capital

Supporting Calculations:  
Invested Capital = Total Debt + Total Equity  
NOPAT = EBIT * (1 - % Tax Rate)  

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#8. Analyst Price Target Upside

Upside (Analyst Target) is the percentage increase (if positive) or decrease (if negative) that professional analysts expect over the current stock price. Price targets set by analysts typically reflect what they believe the stock will be valued at over the next 12 to 18 months.

Calculation Details

Upside = (Analyst Price Target / Stock Price) - 1  

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#9. Return on Equity

Return on equity represents the percentage return a company generates on the money shareholders have invested.

Calculation Details

ROE = Adjusted Net Income / Average Total Equity  

To adjust for the fact that income is realized over the course of a year, at finbox.io we average Total Equity at the start and end of the year for use in the denominator. As a rule of thumb, a higher return on equity suggests management is utilizing the capital invested by shareholders efficiently.

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#10. Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield measures how much a stock pays out in dividends each year as a percentage of its share price.

Calculation Details

Dividend Yield = Annualized Dividend Per Share / Stock Price  

Since most stocks pay dividends on a quarterly basis, the latest dividend is annualized (multiplied by four) to estimate Annualized Dividend Per Share.

Dividend stocks usually make cash payments to stockholders on a quarterly basis. Investing in dividend stocks can be a way to earn passive income, improve returns in bear markets and hedge against inflation.

Pro Tip: In addition to using the Dividend Yield filter, dividend investors may also find the Dividend Champions, Dividend Contenders, and Dividend Challengers portfolio Ideas useful. These three portfolio Ideas are based on popular lists maintained by David Fish of Moneypaper and groups stocks by their track-record for paying a dividend.

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#11. Fair Value Uncertainty (finbox.io)

Fair Value Uncertainty (finbox.io) represents the uncertainty rating finbox.io has assigned to the finbox.io Fair Value estimate. We compute value estimates using multiple models and exclude conclusions that don't pass our validation checks. The more models we're able to use to triangulate onto a value, the better the uncertainty rating.

You can read more about Fair Value Uncertainty here.

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#12. Latest Stock Price

The Stock Price filter is a simple but powerful one. As an example, the filter can be used to screen for stocks trading between $2 and $5 per share. Stocks in the low single digits are more volatile and consequently many institutional managers are barred from buying shares in these companies. Some investors believe this makes them more susceptible to mispricing.

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#13. Altman Z-Score

Altman Z-Score is a score used to predict the probability that a firm will go into bankruptcy within two years.

The following schedule is typically used to interpret the score:

Altman Z-Score Zone
Z > 2.99 "Safe"
1.81 < Z < 2.99 "Questionable"
Z < 1.81 "Distress"

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#14. P/E Ratio

The P/E Ratio is one of the most widely referenced valuation ratios and represents the multiple of earnings investors are currently willing to pay for one share of the company.

Calculation Details

P/E = Stock Price / Earnings Per Share (EPS)

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#15. Debt To Total Capital

Debt To Total Capital is a compelling alternative to Debt to Equity Ratio since it accounts for the current market value of a stock's equity.

Calculation Details

Total Capital = Market Cap + Total Debt

  
Debt to Total Capital = Total Debt / Total Capital

High levels of debt in a company's capital structure can improve returns for shareholders since less of equity capital is tied up in the company. That said, in business and economic downturns, operating at a high Debt / Total Capital also increases the chances of default or bankruptcy.

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#16. Current Ratio

Current ratio measures whether a firm is capitalized with enough assets to pay its debts over the next twelve months by comparing a firm's current assets to its current liabilities.

Current Ratio = Current Assets / Current Liabilities  

Ratios between 1.5x and 3x are considered healthy.

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#17. Debt to Equity

Similar to Debt / Total Capital discussed above, debt to equity measures the amount of leverage utilized by management to operate the business. The higher the ratio, the more debt the company has in its capital structure.

Calculation Details

Debt to Equity ratio = Total Debt / Shareholder's Equity  

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#18. Return on Assets (ROA)

Return on assets represents the dollars in earnings or Net Income a company generates per dollar of assets. ROA is typically used to gauge the efficiency of the company and its management at deploying capital to generate income for shareholders.

Calculation Details

ROA = Adjusted Net Income / Average Total Assets  

A higher return on assets suggests management is utilizing the asset base efficiently.

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#19. Price to Book (P/B Ratio)

Price to Book ratio compares a stock's current market price to the value of equity listed on reported Balance Sheet.

Calculation Details

P/B Ratio = Stock Price / Book Value per Share  

All else equal, the higher the P/B ratio, the higher the expectations investors have from management to create value from invested equity.

Stocks with low Price to Book ratios are popular with value investors. Why is that the case?

Value investors tend to put more emphasis on reducing downside risk. Assuming a company doesn't have considerable intangible assets, a value investor can sleep comfortably knowing that in the event of a bankruptcy, he hasn't purchased shares too far above their liquidation value.

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#20. Ben Graham Formula Upside

Ben Graham Formula Value is an intrinsic value formula proposed by investor and professor, Benjamin Graham. finbox.io uses the Revised formula which is as follows:

Fair Value = (EPS * 8.5 * 2g * 4.4) / Bond Yield

EPS    =   Earnings per share over the last 12 months  
8.5x    =   Graham's proposed P/E ratio for a no-growth company  
g*        =   Long-term growth rate.  
4.4      =   Average Yield of high-grade corporate bonds in 1962  
Bond Yield = Current 20 Year AAA Corporate Bond Yield

* finbox.io uses an average of Revenue, EBITDA, EBIT, and Net Income 5 Year CAGRs

Ben Graham Formula Upside metric calculates an upside using the current stock price in a manner similar to the Fair Value Upside and Analyst Target Upside discussed above.

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#21. Net Profit Margin

Net Profit Margin is the most popular measure of profitability. Analysts track margins closely as declining margins it can be an early indicator of competitive pricing pressure or cost mismanagement that may be disguised by growth.

Calculation Details

Net Profit = (Total Revenue - All Operating Expenses - Taxes)  
Net Profit Margin = Net Profit / Total Revenue  

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#22. Relative Strength Index (14 Day RSI)

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is a technical indicator (momentum oscillator) commonly used to determine if a stock is trading in overbought or oversold conditions measured on a scale from 0 to 100.

RSI values that are greater than the 70 are interpreted as overbought, and values below 30 are considered as oversold. RSI values between the 30 and 70 level are considered neutral.

The calculation RSI calculation is a bit complicated. You can view the methodology we use at finbox.io by reviewing the Excel and Google Spreadsheet Template below:

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#23. Days To Next Earnings Report

Stocks make the big moves right before and after they report earnings. Since earnings reports are important data points for traders and long-term investors we created this metric to provide an easy way to screen for companies reporting soon.

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#24. Free Cash Flow Yield

Free Cash Flow Yield measures the amount of free cash flow for each dollar of equity (market capitalization).

Levered Free Cash Flow = Cash From Operations + Cash From Investing  
FCF Yield = Levered Free Cash Flow / Market Cap  

Since Cash From Investing reported by the company may include acquisitions and divestitures, the "between" filter operator can be used to exclude high values.

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#25. Price-Earnings to Growth (PEG Ratio)

The PEG Ratio is a valuation metric popularized by Peter Lynch which serves as a rough heuristic for the earnings growth reflected in the market price. Stocks with PEG Ratio under 1 are labeled undervalued while those with a PEG greater than 1 are labeled overvalued.

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The finbox.io Stock Screener offers hundreds of metrics to quickly find stocks that fit your investment strategy. If you can't find the filter you're looking for, just send us a note at [email protected], and we'll do our best to add it. We can't wait to see what our community will come up with next!

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