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Do you only produce one fundamental list a year for PE ratio scans and then visually select stocks from that list for the entire year, or do you update the list several times a year?

Using Insight Trader charting software, I use a list of all listed stocks and set a maximum level for the PE ratio. It returns a list of all stocks with PE ratios below that selected level. I then manually discard stocks and other securities that are not of interest to me.

I would do basically the same thing if I was doing the scan manually from a printed list in a newspaper or magazine.

If you download the cvs files from the AFR or Shares websites, you could look for the Sectors table. That would help a bit in cutting out resources

stocks and trusts etc, which I do not include in this kind of analys