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1 July 2006 Financial Analysts Journal Volume 62, Issue 4

A Great Company Can Be a Great Investment

  1. Jeff Anderson
  2. Gary Smith

A classic investment mistake is to confuse a great company with a great investment. It is a mistake because a company’s well-known virtues are presumably already factored into the price of the company’s stock. This study tested this “mistake” by looking at the stock performance of the companies identified each year byFortune magazine as the most admired companies in the United States for 1983 through 2004. Surprisingly, a portfolio of these stocks outperformed the market by a substantial and statistically significant margin, which contradicts the efficient market hypothesis.

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