Now in its seventh year of publications, Top Stocks
is firmly established as an essential reference for investors on the Australian stock market. If you want quick and easy access to vital information and statistics on top Australian companies, all presented in an easy-to-read format, then this book is a must read. It provides such details as:
- Analysis of the latest results from 91 top Australian companies.
- Sales, profits and year-on-year comparative data.
- An objective view concerning each company's outlook.
- Company website addresses.
- In-depth ration analysis.
- 18 tables, ranking each company with respect to different financial criteria.
As always, Martin Roth begins with a list of over 1,200 companies. From these he selects the top 500 by market capitalisation and subjects them to rigorous analysis. Initially, he looks for companies with a solid five-year record of consistently achieving sound profits and paying their shareholders reasonable dividends. Following this, Martin puts each company through an exhaustive filtering process based on a finely-tuned analysis of their financial results.
This year the reins were tightened severely, and only 91 companies survived. Compared to the previous edition, there are 28 new companies in Top Stocks 2001
, some returning to form and others simply bursting onto the scene.
The aim of this book is to narrow the huge field of listed stocks confronting the private investor. It provides a "short list", compiled from both historical and latest statistics, enabling investors to make informed and hopefully profitable investment decisions.