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The following is a list of stocks in an uptrend, i.e. trading above their 20-day, 50-day and 200-day moving averages. All of these stocks have seen improving analyst sentiment over the last 3 months.

If you're a contrarian, or if you believe that analyst rating changes tend to lag performance, this excessive optimism might raise a flag.

Analyst ratings are presented on a linear scale, where 1 = "Strong Buy" and 5 = "Strong Sell." All of the stocks in our list have seen analyst ratings move closer to 1 over the last three months, i.e. more optimistic analyst rating.

Moving average data sourced from Finviz (based on yesterday's closing prices). Analyst ratings sourced from Reuters.

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The list has been sorted by percentage change in analyst opinion.

1. Great Basin Gold Ltd. (NYSEMKT:GBG): Gold Industry. Market cap of $953.52M. The stock is currently 11.81% above its 20-day MA, 24.64% above its 50-day MA and 47.18% above its 200-day MA. Current analyst rating at 1.6 versus 2.33 three months ago.

2. Cognex Corp. (NASDAQ:CGNX): Scientific & Technical Instruments Industry. Market cap of $1.08B. The stock is currently 12.58% above its 20-day MA, 25.30% above its 50-day MA and 41.13% above its 200-day MA. Current analyst rating at 1.83 versus 2.6 three months ago.

3. LSB Industries Inc. (NYSE:LXU): Electronic Equipment Industry. Market cap of $437.20M. The stock is currently 13.10% above its 20-day MA, 20.98% above its 50-day MA and 32.19% above its 200-day MA. Current analyst rating at 1.33 versus 1.67 three months ago.

4. RC2 Corp. (NASDAQ:RCRC): Toys & Games Industry. Market cap of $508.31M. The stock is currently 15.68% above its 20-day MA, 24.08% above its 50-day MA and 38.89% above its 200-day MA. Current analyst rating at 1.62 versus 2 three months ago.

5. Complete Production Services, Inc. (NYSE:CPX): Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. Market cap of $1.83B. The stock is currently 10.88% above its 20-day MA, 21.66% above its 50-day MA and 52.76% above its 200-day MA. Current analyst rating at 1.73 versus 2.0 three months ago.

6. Exact Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ:EXAS): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $326.27M. The stock is currently 19.57% above its 20-day MA, 50.08% above its 50-day MA and 80.94% above its 200-day MA. Current analyst rating at 1.57 versus 1.8 three months ago.

7. Harvest Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE:HNR): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $399.72M. The stock is currently 31.20% above its 20-day MA, 47.40% above its 50-day MA and 65.63% above its 200-day MA. Current analyst rating at 1.75 versus 2 three months ago.

8. Toreador Resources Corp. (TRGL): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $339.29M. The stock is currently 31.97% above its 20-day MA, 55.05% above its 50-day MA and 59.49% above its 200-day MA. Current analyst rating at 1.75 vs. 2 three months ago.

9. Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. (NYSEMKT:NOG): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $986.99M. The stock is currently 16.08% above its 20-day MA, 22.92% above its 50-day MA and 34.47% above its 200-day MA. Current analyst rating at 1.43 versus 1.6 three months ago.

10. Zhongpin, Inc. (NASDAQ:HOGS): Meat Products Industry. Market cap of $703.28M. The stock is currently 25.44% above its 20-day MA, 29.76% above its 50-day MA and 48.54% above its 200-day MA. Current analyst rating at 1.57 versus 1.75 three months ago.

11. Seattle Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ:SGEN): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $1.70B. The stock is currently 21.38% above its 20-day MA, 31.33% above its 50-day MA and 40.77% above its 200-day MA. Current analyst rating at 1.83 versus 2 three months ago.

12. Theravance Inc. (NASDAQ:THRX): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $1.60B. The stock is currently 17.01% above its 20-day MA, 34.96% above its 50-day MA and 54.67% above its 200-day MA. Current analyst rating at 1.71 versus 1.86 three months ago.

13. Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. (NASDAQ:MPEL): Resorts & Casinos Industry. Market cap of $2.99B. The stock is currently 11.93% above its 20-day MA, 25.82% above its 50-day MA and 32.56% above its 200-day MA. Current analyst rating at 2.47 versus 2.64 three months ago.

14. ReneSola Ltd. (NYSE:SOL): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $1.19B. The stock is currently 20.11% above its 20-day MA, 43.20% above its 50-day MA and 99.41% above its 200-day MA. Current analyst rating at 1.75 versus 1.86 three months ago.

15. Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS): Resorts & Casinos Industry. Market cap of $25.52B. The stock is currently 13.49% above its 20-day MA, 24.21% above its 50-day MA and 63.16% above its 200-day MA. Current analyst rating at 1.96 versus 2.05 three months ago.

16. Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:LLNW): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $593.11M. The stock is currently 17.08% above its 20-day MA, 34.80% above its 50-day MA and 47.46% above its 200-day MA. Current analyst rating at 2.3 versus 2.36 three months ago.

17. SIRIUS XM Radio Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI): Radio Industry. Market cap of $5.21B. The stock is currently 13.51% above its 20-day MA, 24.47% above its 50-day MA and 37.87% above its 200-day MA. Current analyst rating at 2.12 versus 2.17 three months ago.

18. Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. (NASDAQ:PSUN): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $392.94M. The stock is currently 20.26% above its 20-day MA, 33.62% above its 50-day MA and 36.17% above its 200-day MA. Current analyst rating at 3.08 versus 3.15 three months ago.

19. Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ:INCY): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $2.06B. The stock is currently 10.34% above its 20-day MA, 21.14% above its 50-day MA and 34.32% above its 200-day MA. Current analyst rating at 1.33 versus 1.36 three months ago.

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