The worst performers were Raven Industries ( RAVN) 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.Follow @JonMHellerCFAThis article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.