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But WMT has been stuck in a trading for a year or maybe longer. Not much upside there.

I think you missed the point. Wal-Mart has been a Rule Maker in my eyes for a long, long time. But due to its gross and net margins, it would never have been picked under this philosophy.

Here are the returns for WMT since:

1990 - 856%
1985 - 3439%
1980 - 39879%

Helluva trading range, wouldn't you say? I think that would have met your upside requirements.

So when was it obvious Wal-Mart was a national Rule Maker? I'd say by 1990 it was a no-brainer. I'd argue you could have made the call back in 1985 by comparing it against floundering KMart.

If there ever was Rule Maker in the Retail Sector, this was it. Too bad it's margins weren't as good as MSFT.

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