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Nine Ways to Find Great Stocks

Use these preset stock screens to uncover interesting names.

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To save you time, we've created nine stock screens that are always available within  Premium Stock Selector. One searches for companies with terrific 10-year records. Another searches for stocks with high dividend yields. Another for stocks Warren Buffett might like. When you enter the Selector, just click on the box labeled "Morningstar Screens." Choose the one you want, and--presto--you'll see the stocks that pass the screen.

Of these nine preset screens, the one that's turning up the most interesting names right now in my opinion is "Terrific 10-Year Records." To pass this screen, a company must have posted 10 straight years of rising sales in addition to positive earnings for all 10 of those years.

About 3% of our stock universe, or 240-odd stocks, currently pass this screen. (To see the complete list,  click here.) Among them, you'll find six stocks with Morningstar Ratings of 5 stars. As a reminder, a 5-star rating means that our estimate of the stock's fair value is well above the current stock price. Each of the 5-star stocks below, with the exception of American International Group (AIG), also lands on our  Stock Analyst Picks list, meaning they're among our favorite ideas in their respective sectors.

Haywood Kelly, CFA does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.