This column was originally published on RealMoney on March 16 at 2:30 p.m. EST. It's being republished as a bonus for TheStreet.com readers.David Dreman is Wall Street's sultan of contrariness. Tell Dreman one thing, and, like a two-year-old, he'll want the opposite. The author of
- Price-to-earnings ratio. Price-to-cash-flow ratio. Price-to-book-value ratio. Price-to-dividend ratio (which means that a company's yield should be in the top 20% of the market).
- A good current ratio (equal or greater than its industry average). A relatively low dividend payout ratio. A pretax profit margin of 8.1% (8% is the minimum acceptable). A yield, 4.75%, considerably above the market's average yield, which is 2.54% (the market being defined as the S&P 500 here).
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