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Screening Small Cap Dividend Growers for Returns

The worst performers were Raven Industries (RAVN - Get Report) down 17%, and Monro Muffler and Brake (MNRO), down about 9%. The only other names in negative territory were Sensient Technologies (SXT) down 6%, Men's Wearhouse (MW) down 6%, and Republic Bancorp (RBCAA) down 5%.

While relative outperformance was not spectacular last year versus the indices, this screening technique is worth repeating, at least in my view. I'll be developing a new list of names that meet the criteria, which I'll publish in the near future.

At the time of publication the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

Jonathan Heller, CFA, is president of KEJ Financial Advisors, his fee-only financial planning company. Jon spent 17 years at Bloomberg Financial Markets in various roles, from 1989 until 2005. He ran Bloomberg's Equity Fundamental Research Department from 1994 until 1998, when he assumed responsibility for Bloomberg's Equity Data Research Department. In 2001, he joined Bloomberg's Publishing group as senior markets editor and writer for Bloomberg Personal Finance Magazine, and an associate editor and contributor for Bloomberg Markets Magazine. In 2005, he joined SEI Investments as director of investment communications within SEI's Investment Management Unit.

Jon is also the founder of the Cheap Stocks Web site, a site dedicated to deep-value investing. He has an undergraduate degree from Grove City College and an MBA from Rider University, where he has also served on the adjunct faculty; he is also a CFA charter holder.

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