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Greetings all. I am a new comer to the small cap investment strategy, but I have been reading about it at online and in "The Motley Fool Investment Guide". I have used the investment guide to list the rules for Selecting the Best Growth Stocks (Chapter 15 in the Investment Guide), but I have questions.

I am tracking a growth stock, but I have found that the net profit margin is less than the recommended 10% (if my calculations are correct the net profit margin for the stock is 7.8%). So my question is this, based upon collective experience should I follow the rules to the letter and disqualify this stock now, or do I proceed forward as I have found that, to date, this is the only criteria that does not meet growth stock selection considerations.

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