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Subject:  Earnings Estimates Date:  5/25/2001  2:25 PM
Author:  PushShanmugam Number:  15401 of 23079

I have been watching IRF as a potential CANSLIM buy.
Here is a checklist:

C - Current Quarter Earnings:
Most recent quarter earnings $0.73 compared to previous years same quarter earnings of 0.38 is more than 25%.
So, Pass.

A - Annual Earnings:
I could not get the earnings growth for the past 5 years. However, annual earnings for the past year (06/2000) is $1.27 compared to current year (till last quarter) is 2.07 which is good.
So, Pass.

N - New Products/New services and New high:
Recently IRF introduced new products. Pass.
Is this stock making new high? Yes, but pulled back. Pass.
Management owns about 17% which is also good sign.

S - Supply and Demand:
Shares outstanding: 62.3 Million
Float:52.0 Million.
This is not low float stock. So grade is Neutral.

L - Leader or Laggard
Definitely leader. Relative Strength is 90. Pass.
Group strength is weak, IBD ratings is E, but group rank is improving. Not a very good sign because the stock is not from leading group.

I - Institutional Support. Institituinal ownership is about 70%. A+ rated funds are holding this stock.

M - Market direction. General market direction is healthy. Pass.

Chart Pattern:
The stock formed a cup base started mid Nov 2000 and tried to break without handle on 05/21/2001 and also volume on the break out day is not very high. Then it corrected about 10% on low volume.

Current cosensus estimates for that next quarter earnings is just 5% higher than the previous year same quarter. So, this will fail in the 'Current quarter earnings' check. Can I still consider this as a potential CANSLIM stock.

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