If I am just looking for some of the next stocks that I would like to dig a bit deeper on, one of the places I like to start is through the use of a stock screener.
Once you are in the screener, you essentially click on the boxes to put your criteria in. As a dividend investor, here is one of the screens that I like to run:
Index = S&P500
P/E < = 15 Yield >= 3
Earnings Growth Past 5 Years >=5
Total Debt/Equity < = 0.5
The results from this list will give a company that is cheaper based on its P/E ratio, has a high dividend yield, has show earnings growth over the past 5 years, and has a level of debt that is not too high. Overall, a healthy company from the standpoint of these numbers. From this list, I am now comfortable digging in to a couple of the stocks that are on the list to do some further analysis.
Keep one thing in mind however – you need to do additional research on the company and the stock. I do not recommend simply running a screen and then going out and buying the top results. You need to dig deeper into things like management and dividend growth to become comfortable enough to buy. The screener however gives you a good place to start.