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Is FactSet Research Systems Good Enough for You?

Seth Jayson
May 7, 2013

Margins matter. The more FactSet Research Systems (NYSE: FDS  ) keeps of each buck it earns in revenue, the more money it has to invest in growth, fund new strategic plans, or (gasp!) distribute to shareholders. Healthy margins often separate pretenders from the best stocks in the market. That's why we check up on margins at least once a quarter in this series. I'm looking for the absolute numbers, so I can compare them to current and potential competitors, and any trend that may tell me how strong FactSet Research Systems's competitive position could be.

Here's the current margin snapshot for FactSet Research Systems over the trailing 12 months: Gross margin is 65.2%, while operating margin is 33.8% and net margin is 22.9%.

Unfortunately, a look at the most recent numbers doesn't tell us much about where FactSet Research Sy