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The following is a list of materials stocks hitting new 52-week highs. All of these stocks are more profitable than their competitors, by comparing the 5-year average net profit margin and gross margin.

Profitability data sourced from Reuters, performance data sourced from Finviz. Full analysis below.

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1. Compania de Minas Buenaventura SA (BVN): Gold Industry. 5-year average gross margin at 53.56% vs. industry average at 42.74%. 5-year average net profit margin at 60.25% vs. industry average at -2.43%. The stock has gained 32.52% over the last year.

2. Noble Corp. (NE): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. 5-year average gross margin at 62.94% vs. industry average at 20.21%. 5-year average net profit margin at 40.36% vs. industry average at 11.25%. The stock has lost -17.67% over the last year.

3. Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (ATW): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. 5-year average gross margin at 55.7% vs. industry average at 20.21%. 5-year average net profit margin at 36.43% vs. industry average at 11.25%. The stock has lost -13.31% over the last year.

4. Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. (DO): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. 5-year average gross margin at 60.24% vs. industry average at 20.21%. 5-year average net profit margin at 34.56% vs. industry average at 11.25%. The stock has lost -30.16% over the last year.

5. CNOOC Ltd. (CEO): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. 5-year average gross margin at 59.9% vs. industry average at 44.7%. 5-year average net profit margin at 33.6% vs. industry average at 11.52%. The stock has gained 35.53% over the last year.

6. Southern Copper Corp. (SCCO): Copper Industry. 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 25.08% over the last year.

7. Terra Nitrogen Company, L.P. (TNH): Agricultural Chemicals Industry. 5-year average gross margin at 31.73% vs. industry average at -8.69%. 5-year average net profit margin at 29.87% vs. industry average at 6.1%. The stock has gained 5.55% over the last year.

8. Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, Inc. (POT): Agricultural Chemicals Industry. 5-year average gross margin at 37.84% vs. industry average at -8.69%. 5-year average net profit margin at 25.74% vs. industry average at 6.1%. The stock has gained 40.12% over the last year.

9. Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (SID): Steel & Iron Industry. 5-year average gross margin at 44.07% vs. industry average at 35.12%. 5-year average net profit margin at 23.93% vs. industry average at 14.93%. The stock has lost -6.13% over the last year.

10. BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP): Industrial Metals & Minerals Industry. 5-year average gross margin at 75.9% vs. industry average at 33.33%. 5-year average net profit margin at 23.83% vs. industry average at 11.33%. The stock has gained 12.75% over the last year.

11. Vaalco Energy Inc. (EGY): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. 5-year average gross margin at 86.79% vs. industry average at 44.7%. 5-year average net profit margin at 22.55% vs. industry average at 11.52%. The stock has gained 22.8% over the last year.

12. Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (RIO): Steel & Iron Industry. 5-year average gross margin at 75.99% vs. industry average at 42.74%. 5-year average net profit margin at 19.33% vs. industry average at -2.43%. The stock has gained 32.87% over the last year.

13. Rio Tinto plc (RTP): Steel & Iron Industry. 5-year average gross margin at 75.99% vs. industry average at 42.74%. 5-year average net profit margin at 19.33% vs. industry average at -2.43%. The stock has gained 38.52% over the last year.

14. Dril-Quip, Inc. (DRQ): Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. 5-year average gross margin at 40.97% vs. industry average at 39.24%. 5-year average net profit margin at 18.55% vs. industry average at 13.35%. The stock has gained 22.95% over the last year.

15. Petroleo Brasileiro (PBR): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. 5-year average gross margin at 43.28% vs. industry average at 35.94%. 5-year average net profit margin at 16.78% vs. industry average at 12.53%. The stock has lost -35.53% over the last year.

16. Ultra Petroleum Corp. (UPL): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. 5-year average gross margin at 90.04% vs. industry average at 44.7%. 5-year average net profit margin at 16.38% vs. industry average at 11.52%. The stock has lost -26.22% over the last year.

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Source: 16 Profitable Materials Stocks Hitting New Highs