Great Businesses

This is a list of companies I believe to be superior on a fundamental business level. Much of this list came from careful examination of Value Line, and as such, I have not dove deeply into all the names listed here. In the future, I expect the list to change as I find new companies and research the list more to remove some of the names. 

  • 3M Company
  • Aaon Inc.
  • Abbott Labs
  • Altria Group
  • Ambassador’s Group
  • Amgen Inc.
  • Apco Oil & Gas
  • Automatic Data Processing
  • Autozone
  • Avon
  • Balchem Corp.
  • Baxter Intl
  • Becton, Dickinson, and Co.
  • Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
  • Birner Dental Management
  • Boston Beer Co
  • Bristol-Meyers Squibb
  • Brown-Forman
  • Buckle
  • Canadian Energy Natural Resources
  • Canadian National Railway
  • Church & Dwight
  • Cigna Corp
  • Clorox (bad capital structure)
  • Coach Inc
  • Coca-Cola
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Copart
  • C. R. Bard Inc
  • Credit Acceptance Corp.
  • CVS Caremark
  • Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden)
  • Darling Int’l Inc.
  • Deckers Outdoor
  • Dionex Corp
  • Disney (Walt)
  • Dollar Tree
  • Donaldson Co
  • Dun & Bradstreet
  • Ecolab Inc
  • Edwards Lifesciences
  • Eli Lilly
  • Energizer Holdings
  • Equifax Inc
  • Estee Lauder
  • Expeditors International of Washington
  • Exponent Inc.
  • Express Scripts
  • FactSet Research Systems
  • Family Dollar
  • Fastenal Co
  • General Dynamics
  • Gilden Activewear
  • Gilead Sciences
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Guess Inc
  • H&R Block
  • Hansen Natural
  • Healthspring Inc
  • Hillenbrand
  • HMS Holdings
  • Home Depot
  • Idexx Laboratories
  • Illinois Tool Works
  • Immucore Inc
  • International Flavors & Fragrance
  • Intuitive Surgical
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Laboratory Corp of America
  • Landstar System Inc.
  • Limited Brands
  • Lorillard
  • Lowe’s
  • Matthews International
  • McDonald’s
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Medifast Inc.
  • Mednax Inc.
  • Medtronic Inc
  • Mesa Laboratories, Inc.
  • Mettler-Toledo Intl
  • Moody’s Corp
  • Morningstar Inc.
  • National Research Corp.
  • Neogen Inc.
  • Net 1 UEPS Tech
  • Newell Rubbermaid
  • Nike
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Omega Flex Inc
  • Panera Bread Co
  • Panhandle Oil & Gas
  • Papa John’s
  • P. F. Chang’s
  • Pepsico
  • Petmed Express
  • Phillip Morris
  • Polaris Industries
  • Portfolio Recovery Associates
  • Posco Steel
  • Precision Castparts
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Progressive Corp
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Raven Industries Inc
  • RLI Corp.
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Rollins Inc
  • Ross Stores Inc
  • Sanofi-Aventis
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • SM Energy Co.
  • Standard Parking
  • Starbucks
  • St. Jude Medical
  • Stantec Inc
  • Steiner Leisure
  • Syntel Inc.
  • Team, Inc.
  • Techne Corp
  • Telefonica S.A.
  • Tim Hortons
  • TJX Companies
  • Toro Co
  • Tractor Supply Co
  • True Religion Apparel
  • Tupperware Brands
  • Tyler Technologies
  • United Tech
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • USANA Health Sciences
  • V.F. Corp
  • VistaPrint
  • VSE Corp.
  • Wal-Mart Stores
  • Walgreens
  • Waters Corp
  • WD-40
  • World Acceptance
  • W. W. Grainger
  • Yum! Brands

4 Responses to Great Businesses

  1. Blayne says:

    You should update this list, or make a list of what you feel are some of the top investments out there today (for the next 3-5 years), regarding great fundamentals as well as great management, and possibly even a purely economic standpoint (as it’s fairly safe to say that we have no clue what may happen in the market in the near future… lots of stuff going on right now).

    • schn1eck7 says:

      I don’t feel a need to update it.. this isn’t designed to give a list of investing ideas, it’s just perhaps a starting point if people are looking for solid businesses to own long-term.

      As for my ideas of top investments out there today, I try to post research on the ones I think are the best. There is always a lot going on with the stock market, so I wouldn’t focus any energy trying to make sense of it- emotions are running high, as always, & it’s as simple as that.

  2. Jdidato says:

    What methods do you use to value a company? DCF? Residual Earnings Method? Abnormal Earnings Growth Method? Ratio Analysis?

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