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Identifying Steady Growth Stocks

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Value Line and other publications provide a history of a company's past earnings. You can analyze these earnings to get a sense of how steady the earnings growth has been in the past. Relative scores of earnings predictability and the stability of the stock's share price are also available. You can use consensus five-year earnings growth estimates that are freely available from a whole host of sites. Projecting future earnings is not an exact science and analysts make mistakes, but the consensus is probably as accurate as anything you could generate on your own.
Source: http://www.investopedia.com/articles/stocks/09/steady-growth-stocks.asp; http://www.thomasmith.com/; http://www.testudoinvesting.com