While there are dozens of measures an investor can use to judge a company's worth, we recently set out to examine whether a single corporation could be the stock market's equivalent of baseball's MVP of the past year.
The goal was to have a handful of finalists determined by using an array of fairly simple criteria. We started with a broad universe of more than 20,000 publicly traded securities but felt that the S&P 1,500 – the combined S&P 500, MidCap 400 and SmallCap 600 – was a fair place to go to get our winner.
We wanted to see a few things in particular: Significant share price appreciation, dividend payments – especially a raised dividend – earnings and revenue growth and positive guidance in 2012. We also studied executive pay, leaning toward compensation that wasn't excessive forRead More »from Company of the Year: The Other Contenders