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The following is a list of highly profitable companies that are approaching new 52-week highs. All of these companies have been more profitable than their competitors over the last five years, based on the 5-year average net profit and gross profit margins.

Performance data sourced from Finviz, profitability data sourced from Reuters.



1. Southern Copper Corp. (NYSE:SCCO): Copper Industry. Market cap of $36.29B. 5-year average gross margin at 59.61% vs. industry average at 33.33%. 5-year average net profit margin at 33.18% vs. industry average at 11.33%. The stock has gained 27.85% over the last year.

2. Ctrip.com International Ltd. (NASDAQ:CTRP): Consumer Services Industry. Market cap of $6.82B. 5-year average gross margin at 78.99% vs. industry average at 53.66%. 5-year average net profit margin at 32.51% vs. industry average at 7.58%. The stock has gained 73.23% over the last year.

3. Pengrowth Energy Trust (NYSE:PGH): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $3.32B. 5-year average gross margin at 70.94% vs. industry average at 44.7%. 5-year average net profit margin at 23.81% vs. industry average at 11.52%. The stock has gained 22.98% over the last year.

4. Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. (NASDAQ:PTEN): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $3.01B. 5-year average gross margin at 46.92% vs. industry average at 20.21%. 5-year average net profit margin at 20.15% vs. industry average at 11.25%. The stock has gained 15.41% over the last year.

5. Diageo plc (NYSE:DEO): Wineries & Distillers Industry. Market cap of $45.75B. 5-year average gross margin at 65.18% vs. industry average at 45.86%. 5-year average net profit margin at 20.06% vs. industry average at 4.74%. The stock has gained 18.0% over the last year.

6. America Movil S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:AMX): Wireless Communications Industry. Market cap of $91.82B. 5-year average gross margin at 56.16% vs. industry average at 55.06%. 5-year average net profit margin at 18.31% vs. industry average at 12.63%. The stock has gained 20.13% over the last year.

7. Brown & Brown Inc. (NYSE:BRO): Insurance Brokers Industry. Market cap of $3.09B. 5-year average gross margin at 100.% vs. industry average at 62.54%. 5-year average net profit margin at 18.24% vs. industry average at 7.13%. The stock has gained 16.76% over the last year.

8. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (NASDAQ:CTSH): Business Software & Services Industry. Market cap of $19.9B. 5-year average gross margin at 44.06% vs. industry average at 43.92%. 5-year average net profit margin at 16.27% vs. industry average at 15.82%. The stock has gained 60.67% over the last year.

9. Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE:MJN): Processed & Packaged Goods Industry. Market cap of $11.85B. 5-year average gross margin at 63.88% vs. industry average at 31.47%. 5-year average net profit margin at 15.91% vs. industry average at 4.93%. The stock has gained 36.93% over the last year.

10. Graco Inc. (NYSE:GGG): Diversified Machinery Industry. Market cap of $2.06B. 5-year average gross margin at 52.45% vs. industry average at 30.66%. 5-year average net profit margin at 15.8% vs. industry average at 8.77%. The stock has gained 20.83% over the last year.

11. Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (NASDAQ:SIAL): Specialty Chemicals Industry. Market cap of $7.45B. 5-year average gross margin at 51.00% vs. industry average at 24.76%. 5-year average net profit margin at 15.58% vs. industry average at 4.47%. The stock has gained 12.04% over the last year.

12. TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE:TDG): Aerospace/Defense Products & Services Industry. Market cap of $3.13B. 5-year average gross margin at 53.17% vs. industry average at 32.76%. 5-year average net profit margin at 15.45% vs. industry average at 9.29%. The stock has gained 2.69% over the last year.

13. 3M Co. (NYSE:MMM): Conglomerates Industry. Market cap of $63.8B. 5-year average gross margin at 48.4% vs. industry average at 16.4%. 5-year average net profit margin at 15.41% vs. industry average at 3.05%. The stock has gained 20.86% over the last year.

14. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (MHP): Books Industry. Market cap of $11.14B. 5-year average gross margin at 61.27% vs. industry average at 45.35%. 5-year average net profit margin at 13.79% vs. industry average at 9.48%. The stock has gained 21.68% over the last year.

15. Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG): Personal Products Industry. Market cap of $179.81B. 5-year average gross margin at 50.91% vs. industry average at 11.32%. 5-year average net profit margin at 13.65% vs. industry average at 2.02%. The stock has gained 13.22% over the last year.

16. CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL): Telecom Services Industry. Market cap of $12.12B. 5-year average gross margin at 64.67% vs. industry average at 54.2%. 5-year average net profit margin at 13.22% vs. industry average at 7.39%. The stock has gained 28.63% over the last year.

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Source: 16 Highly Profitable Companies Hitting New Highs