Having penned The Intelligent Investor and Security Analysis, and mentored Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham has cemented his place in investing history.

A couple of years after the '73-'74 bear market (strikingly similar to our current market conditions), the Dean of Wall Street offered this advice in an interview published in the Financial Analysts Journal: "The individual investor should act consistently as an investor and not as a speculator. This means, in sum, that he should be able to justify every purchase he makes and each price he pays by impersonal, objective reasoning."

At another point, he said: "[My advice] consists of buying groups of stocks at less than their current or intrinsic value as indicated by one or more simple criteria. The criterion I prefer is seven times the reported earnings for the past 12 months."

Following that advice, I used our new CAPS screening tool to invest in stocks Graham might find interesting. Each has:

  • a price-to-earnings ratio no higher than 7
  • long term debt-to-equity ratio less than 1
  • at least four stars in Motley Fool CAPS

Remember, in the first year for which we have data, four-star companies outperformed with an average gain of more than 19%. Five-star stocks did even better.





Cemex (NYSE:CX)




H&E Equipment Services (NASDAQ:HEES)




Platinum Underwriters (NYSE:PTP)




RenaissanceRe (NYSE:RNR)




Stone Energy (NYSE:SGY)




WellCare Healthplans (NYSE:WCG)




Data from Motley Fool CAPS as of July 20. TTM = trailing 12 months.

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Fool analyst and CAPS member Nick Crow didn't own stock in any of the above companies at the time of publication. The Fool has a disclosure policy.