* S&P Capital IQ Equity Research defines high Quality Ranking issues (high QR) as those with S&P Quality Rankings of A+, A, and A- and low Quality Ranking issues (low QR) as those with S&P Quality Rankings of B, B-, C, and D. Companies with a B+ Quality Ranking are considered average. S&P Quality Rankings, also called S&P Earnings & Dividend Rankings, have been in use by long-term investors since 1956.
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