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Equities Lab Beta Users Group meeting #5 (Value Investing with Piotrowski)


The fifth meetup (Gordon Biersh, at 7pm) -- BRING A LAPTOP (win XP 7, or 8/mac/linux OK)

Address: 3242 Peachtree Road NE Buckhead, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Dinner or drinks are available for purchase, parking is free and plentiful)
To find us: Ask for 'Equities Lab' -- we're in the large meeting room in the back with the TV (thanks, Gordon Biersh !!!). The doors will be closed to block noise, so close them behind you as you enter....

Agenda (or an impression thereof -- it's always very interactive and flexible), come at 7pm:

We're going to analyze the Piotroski score, and its 9 components, and figure out why it is the incredible performer that it is.  We'll also look at variants on piotroski, as well as what happens if the Piotroski score changes, which component is the most important, how it works on different market segments, and why it may work better on value stocks...


Brass Tacks:

BRING A LAPTOP (Windows, Mac, Linux), but not Ipad/Android
Also, I'm including a signup URL and directions to get the application running even if your computer needs help running Java. Most people have not had any trouble running Equities Lab, but the experiences of those who have are folded into our checklist, to make it easier.

The signup URL:
Once you've signed up (if you are a current user, you don't need to), email me with a desired username for the wiki... Also, if you've signed up (now or previously), RSVP "Yes" to the celebration meetup.  This will let you get emails that are supposed to go to the 

The wiki page:
Launch URL:
The Directions:
When you go to log into the program, click on the Launch URL link above. It will do one of three things (in order of most annoying to least annoying), the solutions for which are posted below.
1. Ask how to open a JNLP link or offer to search for a program to open it. To solve this, head over to and click on the free download link. Follow the directions, with one caveat: uncheck the option to install the toolbar -- it is pure bloatware. Once that is done, try again, and it should do something different :-)
2. Ask if you want to keep or open files of this type. This is a typical thing for chrome to do. Specify that you want to keep it, then notice it has a little button made of the filename, and a little pulldown attached to that button. Pulling down the pulldown will give you a "always open files of this type", which is what you want. This is actually optional, as clicking on the button each time will work, and open the program.
3. Claim you have the wrong version of java, after trying to open. If you are running any type of computer other than a really old Mac (OS X[masked] or earlier), heading over to will fix the problem. If you are running a really old Mac, consider upgrading or using another machine.
4. Simply open... as it does this (whether you got here right away, or after a certain amount of hard work...), it will ask if you want to accept the certificate, since it is untrusted. Under more options there's a "always accept this certificate", which will make this dialog go away for once and for all, after you click on "accept", or "ok".
5. Do something else, or just generally be too confusing. In this case, feel free to call[masked] 4974. One of the points of this is to figure out all the problems people will have, and I certainly want to find and fix any problems you might have...

Once the program is running, you'll log in there, and You'll be ready to go. Give the documentation a look over at, or give me a call, or just jump in -- you can't hurt anything by playing around!

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  • prem

    Was good, We took one screener and did diffrent ways and learned new stuff, like there was field called R&d

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Rick C.

    other commitment moved dates, so will plan to attend tonight.

    July 15, 2013

  • Wayne

    Cant make it this meeting but here is my pick. Caesars Entertainment Corporation (CZR) closed at 16 dollars a share on[masked] I dont like to trade I like to own companies that stocks I think will give me 50% or more return see you at the top

    July 15, 2013

  • prem

    I will be there

    July 14, 2013

  • Nick S.

    Make sure to follow us on Seeking Alpha to receive research articles and Investment Ideas.

    Will be posting an Article soon about Price performance of High Piotroski F Score stocks vs Low Score stocks.


    July 12, 2013

  • Rick C.

    I am sorry I can't make this meeting, this is one of my favorite topics. I have another commitment this coming Monday night, just made it this morning..

    1 · July 10, 2013

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