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What Is Value Line?

Mission Statement:
Our mission is to provide investors with the most accurate and independently created research information available, in any format they choose, and teach them how to use it effectively to help meet their financial objectives.

Value Line is the most trusted and prestigious name in the investment field. For more than seventy-five years Value Line has been synonymous with trust, reliability, objectivity, independence, accurate information and proven performance for investors. We continue to develop and refine our investment information and analysis to meet the changing needs of investors.


Value Line is:

  • One of the largest independent research staffs of investment analysts and statisticians in the world.
  • Totally independent, objective and unbiased.
  • A research company that collects data and analyzes performance of approximately 8,000 stocks, 15,000 mutual funds, 80,000 options and other securities.
  • A company with 3/4 of a century of experience tracking, analyzing and ranking investments.
  • Best Known for The Value Line Investment Survey, one of the most widely read investment services in the world.
  • Critically acclaimed: "I don't know any other system that's as good." – Warren Buffett

Value Line publishes more than a dozen print and electronic products which we think are used by more than half-a-million investors for timely information on stocks, mutual funds, special situations, options and convertibles.

What is The Value Line Investment Survey?

The Value Line Investment Survey is a comprehensive source of information and advice on approximately 1,700 stocks in 98 industries, the stock market, and the economy.

It has three parts:

The Ratings & Reports section contains one-page reports about approximately 1,700 companies and approximately 98 industries. Each company report contains, among other things, Value Line's TimelinessTM, Safety, and Technical ranks, financial and stock price forecasts for the coming 3 to 5 years, an analyst's written commentary, and much more. For detailed information, please click on EDUCATION and go to either "How to Invest in Common Stocks" or to the "Quick Study Guide."

The Summary & Index contains an index of all stocks in the Investment Survey as well as many up-to-date statistics to keep investors informed about the latest company results. It also contains a variety of stock "screens" designed to help investors quickly identify companies with characteristics that match their investing goals.

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

The Investment Survey is backed by an independent research staff of approximately 80 experienced independent professional security analysts and statisticians. We believe that no other service offers so much information in such a concise format.

  • A unique and extraordinarily powerful component of The Value Line Investment Survey is its Timeliness Ranking System.

Every week, the Value Line Ranking System screens millions of data items and, using a proprietary series of calculations, ranks each of the approximately 1,700 stocks for probable performance relative to each other during the next six to 12 months.

In addition to its invaluable Timeliness ranks, The Value Line Investment Survey provides investors with an extraordinary wealth of vital information, including among many others:

  • Safety and Technical ranks for all stocks.
  • 3-5 Year Growth Projections for approximately 1,700 stocks.
  • Powerful investment screens listing criteria such as Timely Stocks in Timely Industries, Untimely Stocks, and High Growth Stocks.


This proprietary system has a proven record for forecasting the next six to 12 months of relative price performance for the stocks featured in The Value Line Investment Survey. Over more than 43 years, Value Line's Timeliness Ranking System has accurately anticipated stocks' subsequent relative price performance.

  • A stock portfolio of #1 Ranked stocks for Timeliness from The Value Line Investment Survey, beginning in 1965 and updated at the beginning of each year, would have shown a gain of 22,062% through June 2008*.
  • That compares with a gain of 1,145% in the Dow Jones Industrial Average over the same period. VALUE LINE #1 RANKED STOCKS OUTPERFORMED THE DOW BY MORE THAN 19 TO 1*.
  • This gain would have beaten the S&P 500 by nearly 16 to 1 for the same time span.

In addition:

  • Since inception, The Value Line Mutual Fund Survey has successfully predicted relative equity fund performance in both rising and falling markets – assuming monthly re-balancing.
  • The performance of Value Line's top ranked equity funds has been substantially higher than the lowest ranked equity funds.
  • Stocks ranked number one by Value Line's Small and Mid-Cap Performance Ranking System have grown in value by 1,775% (allowing for weekly changes) since inception in 1995 to June 2008.

*Calculations based on one-year holding periods in Value Line's 100 Top-Ranked TimelinessTM stocks.

Factual material is obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but the publisher is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results of actions taken based on information contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as an offer to buy or sell securities or to give individual investment advice. © Value Line Publishing, Inc. RIGHTS OF REPRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION ARE RESERVED TO THE PUBLISHER. The Publisher does not give investment advice or act as an investment adviser. Value Line, Inc., its subsidiaries, its parent corporation and its subsidiaries, and their officers, directors or employees as well as certain investment companies or investment advisory accounts for which Value Line, Inc. acts as investment advisor, may own stocks that are mentioned on this Value Line Web site.

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