When AIG's CEO, Edward Liddy, testified before Congress last week, we took a look back at the company's historical quarterly financials to identify when the proverbial "writing on the wall" could have been first seen (read the full story here).
Now, using the same proprietary CNBC tool that looks for statistical patterns in a company's financials, we screened for companies with market caps of ~$1 billion or more and that have accelerating performance in key financial metrics. The model scores companies based on the rate of change in key metrics for growth, liquidity and profitability on a quarterly, trailing twelve month and 3-year basis. An overall score is determined based on the strength of the three underlying scores. The scores are reflected on a green-to-red color scale, darker red indicates a rapidly worsening condition, darker green indicates rapidly improving conditions. The example below depicts a company that would have a very strong overall score because of its high underlying scores.