Value Line

Value Line

Value Line, Inc.(NASDAQ|VALU), is a New York corporation founded in 1931 by Arnold Bernhard, best known for publishing the "The Value Line Investment Survey" , a stock analysis newsletter that's updated weekly and kept by subscribers in a large black or green binder. The survey itself is broken into three parts; "Ratings & Reports," "Table of Summary & Index Contents," and "Selection & Opinion."

Company background

Value Line, in its current form, was incorporated in 1982 and is the successor to substantially all of the operations of Arnold Bernhard & Co., Inc. In June 2005, AB & Co. owned approximately 86.5% of the Company’s issued and outstanding common stock. The Company's periodical investment publications are produced through its wholly owned subsidiary, Value Line Publishing, Inc. The publications provide investment advisory services to mutual funds, institutions, and individuals. VLP publishes in both print and electronic formats:*"The Value Line Investment Survey" :*"The Value Line Investment Survey - Small and Mid-Cap Edition,":*"The Value Line 600,":*"Value Line Select" (more in-depth coverage of one stock per month):*"The Value Line Mutual Fund Survey":*"The Value Line No-Load Fund Advisor":*"The Value Line Special Situations Service" (for speculators):*"The Value Line Options Survey and The Value Line Convertibles Survey"

VLP also provides current and historical financial databases "DataFile, Estimates & Projections, Convertibles, Mutual Funds" and other services (in standard computer formats) and markets investment analysis software:

:*"The Value Line Investment Analyzer":*"Value Line ETF Survey":*"Mutual Fund Survey for Windows" :*"Value Line Daily Options Survey":*"Value Line Electronic Convertibles:*"Value Line Research Center"

The Company is the investment adviser for the Value Line Family of Mutual Funds, which on April 30, 2005, include 14 open-end investment companies with various investment objectives. In addition, the Company manages investments for private and institutional clients. The Company is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as an Investment Adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. In addition to VLP, the Company's other wholly owned subsidiaries include a registered broker-dealer, Value Line Securities, Inc., and an advertising agency, Vanderbilt Advertising Agency, Inc. These subsidiaries primarily provide services used by the Company in its investment management and publishing businesses. Compupower Corporation, another subsidiary, serves the subscription fulfillment needs of the Company's publishing operations. Value Line Distribution Center, Inc. handles all of the mailings of the publications to the Company’s subscribers. Additionally, VLDC provides office space for Compupower

In 1965, Value Line introduced a mathematical formula, called the "Timeliness Ranking System," that serves as the basis for its survey picks. The company also manages a series of mutual funds, again based on the firm's Timeliness Ranking System, and produces several other publications, both print and electronic.

Arnold Bernhard (b Dec 2 1901 - Dec 22, 1987, Westport, CT), the son of European immigrants, took an unusual path to success in the stock-picking world. After graduating with honors from Williams College, Bernhard wrote several plays and theater reviews for the New York Post and Time. His interest piqued by Edwin Lefèvre's book "Reminiscences of a Stock Operator," Bernhard broke into the investment management business, first as an analyst with Moody's Investor Service and later as an account executive managing investments. The Wall Street Crash of 1929 led to his lay off from Moody's, but he retained some of his clients. Bernhard then began to develop his statistical method for picking stocks, and soon began publishing his investment survey. He continued to expand the business, adding the other publications and mutual funds along the way. In May 1983, Value Line sold stock for the public for the first time (NASDAQ: VALU), though the Bernhard family retained 80% control. Bernhard died in December 1987, and his daughter, Jean Bernhard Buttner was named CEO of Value Line shortly thereafter.

Ratings and Reports

The Ratings & Reports section contains one-page reports on approximately 1,700 companies and more than 90 industries. Each company report contains, among other things, Value Line's Timeliness, Safety, and Technical rankings, Beta calculations, a 10-year statistical history of 23 financial ratios and other indicators of corporate performance, financial and stock price forecasts for the coming 3 to 5 years, and an analyst's written commentary.

ummary & Index

Summary & Index contains an index of all stocks in the publication as well as many up-to-date statistics to keep investors informed about the latest company results.

election & Opinion

Selection & Opinion section contains Value Line's latest economic and stock market forecasts, one-page write-ups of interesting and attractive stocks, model portfolios, and financial and stock market statistics.

ee also

* List of finance topics

External links

* [ Value Line Homepage]

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