Stock Ideas from our New Zeke Ashton Screener

After stints in financial software and risk management consulting, Asthon pivoted to investment management after reading Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway letters. In 1999, Ashton became an investment analyst and featured writer for The Motley Fool. A popular figure on the site, Ashton developed and produced investing seminars and stock research reports.

Noted investor Whitney Tilson approached Ashton in 2005 to launch the Tilson Dividend Fund with Ashton as the Portfolio Manager. In 2013, the fund was renamed the Centaur Total Return Fund with Ashton still at the helm (Tilson would go on to exit professional money mangement completely). As of September 2017, the Centaur Total Return Fund had an annualized return of 9% since inception, outperforming the S&P 500 Total Return Index by 0.57% and the Dow Jones US Select Dividend Index by 1.13%. Its strong performance placed it 3rd out of 476 funds in the Equity Income Fund category.

On Centaur Mutual Funds’ website, Ashton outlines what characteristics he looks for in a stock:

Strong Free Cash Flow Generation

Growth
Asthon wants to see positive revenue or profit trends.

Competitive Advantages

Strong Financials
Stocks must have healthy balance sheets with plenty of cash relative to debt. Management must employ efficient working capital management. As Ashton explains, companies with strong financials can withstand unexpected shocks and reinvest in the business to lay the foundation for future growth.

High Integrity

Our Zeke Ashton screener ranks stocks on their Growth (10%), Moat (15%), Financial Strength (20%), ROIC (20%), and Pure Value (35%). Let’s take a look at the top 30 ranked stocks:


Our Zeke Ashton screener ranks stocks on their Growth (10%), Moat (15%), Financial Strength (20%), ROIC (20%), and Pure Value (35%). Let’s take a look at the top 30 ranked stocks:


Zeke Ashton RankName
1Foot Locker Inc 
2Alaska Air Group Inc 
3H & R Block Inc 
4Gilead Sciences Inc 
5Southwest Airlines Co 
6McKesson Corp 
7Michael Kors Holdings Ltd 
8TJX Companies Inc 
9Lam Research Corp 
10Express Scripts Holding Co 
11Bed Bath & Beyond Inc 
12Acuity Brands Inc 
13Micron Technology Inc 
14Amgen Inc 
15Altria Group Inc 
16Applied Materials Inc 
17Dollar General Corp 
18Snap-On Inc 
19CVS Health Corp 
20Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co 
21Best Buy Co Inc 
22Mohawk Industries Inc 
23Time Warner Inc 
24Ross Stores Inc 
25Centene Corp 
26Gap Inc 
27Whirlpool Corp 
28Kroger Co 
29AutoNation Inc 
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