Council of Institutional Investors


The Council looked to total shareholder returns to identify an initial list of companies about which other information should be compiled and analyzed. More specifically, the Council used the Standard & Poor's Compustat database to identify companies in the S&P 500 that underperformed their industry medians in five- and one-year total shareholder returns as of July 31, 1995. Companies that outperformed the S&P 500 average for five-year shareholder total returns were dropped from the list. For the remaining companies the Council subtracted the difference ("returns deficit") between the industry's median five-year returns and the company's five-year returns to establish a ranking. The final list consists of the bottom 20 companies produced by this methodology.

1995 Focus List (in alphabetical order)

Alza Corp.
Cooper Industries Inc.
Cray Research
Genuine Parts Co.
Longs Drug Stores Inc.
Melville Corp.
Morrison Knudsen Corp.
NACCO Industries
Northern Telecom Ltd.
Ogden Corp.
Potlatch Corp.
Safety-Kleen Corp.
Salomon Inc.
Tenneco Inc.
Toys "R" Us Inc.
Tyco International Ltd.
United States Surgical Corp.
Upjohn Co.
Yellow Corp.

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