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The following is a list of stocks in rally mode, i.e. trading above their 20-day, 50-day and 200-day moving averages. All of these stocks have seen significant institutional buying over the last three months.

Institutional investors seem to think the upside momentum will continue for some of these names. What do you think?

Moving average data sourced from Finviz. Institutional data sourced from Reuters.

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The list has been sorted by change in institutional ownership.

1. Avanir Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AVNR): Drug Manufacturer. Market cap of $457.63 million. The stock is currently 32.84% above its 20-day ((MA)), 48.51% above its 50-day ((MA)), and 74.% above its 200-day ((NYSE:MA)). Institutional investors currently own 49,972,267 shares vs. 42,703,392 shares held three months ago (+17.02% change). Short float at 12.87%, which implies a short ratio of 3.12 days. The stock has gained 152.33% over the last year.

2. Grupo Financiero Galicia S.A. (NASDAQ:GGAL): Foreign Regional Banks Industry. Market cap of $1.99 billion. The stock is currently 23.06% above its 20-day (MA), 47.45% above its 50-day (MA), and 121.55% above its 200-day ((MA)). Institutional investors currently own 4,628,374 shares vs. 4,197,452 shares held three months ago (+10.27% change). Short float at 0.94%, which implies a short ratio of 0.6 days. The stock has gained 169.53% over the last year.

3. Complete Production Services, Inc. (NYSE:CPX): Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. Market cap of $2.24 billion. The stock is currently 14.98% above its 20-day (MA), 27.35% above its 50-day (MA), and 72.9% above its 200-day (MA). Institutional investors currently own 73,642,979 shares vs. 68,478,304 shares held three months ago (+7.54% change). Short float at 7.39%, which implies a short ratio of 3.5 days. The stock has gained 189.12% over the last year.

4. STEC, Inc. (NASDAQ:STEC): Data Storage Devices Industry. Market cap of $884.13 million. The stock is currently 10.97% above its 20-day (MA), 24.91% above its 50-day (MA), and 30.26% above its 200-day (MA). Institutional investors currently own 25,411,872 shares vs. 23,667,612 shares held three months ago (+7.37% change). Short float at 21.26%, which implies a short ratio of 3.89 days. The stock has gained 31.99% over the last year.

5. Retail Ventures Inc. (NYSE:RVI): Specialty Retail Industry. Market cap of $754.57 million. The stock is currently 11.42% above its 20-day (MA), 31.3% above its 50-day (MA), and 55.6% above its 200-day (MA). Institutional investors currently own 23,126,101 shares vs. 21,625,991 shares held three months ago (+6.94% change). Short float at 5.09%, which implies a short ratio of 5.15 days. The stock has gained 123.69% over the last year.

6. MIPS Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:MIPS): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $693.9 million. The stock is currently 13.87% above its 20-day (MA), 40.69% above its 50-day (MA), and 132.45% above its 200-day (MA). Institutional investors currently own 39,084,166 shares vs. 36,692,494 shares held three months ago (+6.52% change). Short float at 14.12%, which implies a short ratio of 3.37 days. The stock has gained 267.59% over the last year.

7. Sauer-Danfoss Inc. (NYSE:SHS): Diversified Machinery Industry. Market cap of $1.39 billion. The stock is currently 21.43% above its 20-day (MA), 32.88% above its 50-day (MA), and 82.16% above its 200-day (MA). Institutional investors currently own 9,204,358 shares vs. 8,708,161 shares held three months ago (+5.7% change). Short float at 3.57%, which implies a short ratio of 2.9 days. The stock has gained 218.87% over the last year.

8. Western Refining Inc. (NYSE:WNR): Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing Industry. Market cap of $773.24 million. The stock is currently 23.32% above its 20-day (MA), 47.61% above its 50-day (MA), and 67.71% above its 200-day (MA). Institutional investors currently own 36,916,336 shares vs. 34,966,175 shares held three months ago (+5.58% change). Short float at 22.52%, which implies a short ratio of 7.32 days. The stock has gained 80.29% over the last year.

9. Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ:SOHU): Internet Information Providers Industry. Market cap of $2.93 billion. The stock is currently 10.43% above its 20-day (MA), 25.23% above its 50-day (MA), and 50.84% above its 200-day (MA). Institutional investors currently own 25,133,524 shares vs. 23,925,262 shares held three months ago (+5.05% change). Short float at 12%, which implies a short ratio of 3.62 days. The stock has gained 37.82% over the last year.


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