I want to tell you about the most consistent performers of the past decade. Not the ones with the very best total returns, but the ones that have put up positive results in each of the past 10 years. A lot of the names will confound you, as they are not the sort of glamorous companies that seek out or get a lot of publicity. They just find a way to make money for shareholders, every single year. According to my calculations, of the 10,000-plus stocks available for purchase today, only 17 have recorded positive total returns in every one of the past 10 years. In my experience, the stocks with streaks tend to have staying power. At the start of 2005, there were just five stocks with a 10-year winning streak, and they were up 16% on average last year: Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD), up 24%; Genlyte Group ( GLYT), up 26%; Brown & Brown ( BRO), up 40%; Stryker ( SYK), down 8%; and Graco ( GGG), down 0.9%. I'll show you the full list at the start of 2006 in a moment. But first, let's meet a few up close.