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Hewitt,

I wasn't aware of advFN until Sand105 pointed it out (thanks Sand!). I may write a little "scraper" to grab data off advFN pages. A cursory look seemed to provide all the basic income, cash, and balance data.

But, as you say, I fully still expect to have to dig through the financials to find other details. One area I consistently fudge is in estimating the maintenance portion of cap-ex. Do you have any advice on how to determine this? I haven't read your book in a while - I guess I should re-read soon. If the answer is "read the dang book", I understand.

And yes, while it would be nice to be able to screen FIRST for earnings power, I only apply all this digging to companies that look interesting in other ways. Lots of them end up being MF newsletter recs, go figure.

-joe
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