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No need to do all that!
1. Limit universe to NYSE
2. Buy top 5 by ROA TTM, hold for one year.
From 1/2/99 - 10/5/12 I get 21.65% annualized ... for an annual hold.

Though I can't do that with NYSE stocks, for the 1700 covered by Value Line
that strategy returns around 9.5%/year, assuming .4% cost per trade (obviously not more than once per year).
Average of all 252 possible sets of trade dates Jan 1986 to date.
The return for that whole set of stocks in the same interval is 10.6%/year.

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