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The following is a list of stocks that have been more profitable than their competitors over the past five years, based on gross and net profit margins. Additionally, all of these stocks are approaching their 52-week highs, suggesting that these stocks have some upward momentum.

Do you think the profitability track records of these companies will continue to support these rallies? Full details below.

Profitability data and industry comps sourced from Reuters, short float and performance data sourced from Finviz (sourced on Sunday evening).

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The list has been sorted by an average rank of gross and net profit margins.

1. Middleby Corp. (NASDAQ:MIDD): Diversified Machinery Industry. Market cap of $1.47B. 5-year average gross margin at 38.5% vs. industry average at 27.87%. 5-year average net profit margin at 10.01% vs. industry average at 3.08%. Short float at 9.92%, which implies a short ratio of 12.91 days. The stock has gained 74.6% over the last year.

2. Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW): Advertising Agencies Industry. Market cap of $3.01B. 5-year average gross margin at 58.51% vs. industry average at 23.66%. 5-year average net profit margin at 10.18% vs. industry average at 3.21%. Short float at 14.38%, which implies a short ratio of 5.61 days. The stock has gained 49.84% over the last year.

3. Rent-A-Center Inc. (NASDAQ:RCII): Rental & Leasing Services Industry. Market cap of $1.83B. 5-year average gross margin at 72.35% vs. industry average at 21.47%. 5-year average net profit margin at 4.68% vs. industry average at 1.53%. Short float at 8.06%, which implies a short ratio of 9.75 days. The stock has gained 56.22% over the last year.

4. Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE:MJN): Processed & Packaged Goods Industry. Market cap of $12.39B. 5-year average gross margin at 63.88% vs. industry average at 31.97%. 5-year average net profit margin at 15.91% vs. industry average at 5.39%. Short float at 1.02%, which implies a short ratio of 1.75 days. The stock has gained 37.06% over the last year.

5. Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ:APKT): Communication Equipment Industry. Market cap of $2.91B. 5-year average gross margin at 79.1% vs. industry average at 32.41%. 5-year average net profit margin at 15.69% vs. industry average at 5.39%. Short float at 5.95%, which implies a short ratio of 2.4 days. The stock has gained 328.13% over the last year.

6. Masimo Corporation (NASDAQ:MASI): Medical Appliances & Equipment Industry. Market cap of $1.86B. 5-year average gross margin at 70.46% vs. industry average at 50.55%. 5-year average net profit margin at 27.59% vs. industry average at 10.26%. Short float at 13.14%, which implies a short ratio of 13.14 days. The stock has gained 16.59% over the last year.

7. Hansen Natural Corporation (HANS): Beverages Industry. Market cap of $4.82B. 5-year average gross margin at 52.48% vs. industry average at 49.07%. 5-year average net profit margin at 15.53% vs. industry average at 5.94%. Short float at 2.22%, which implies a short ratio of 2.13 days. The stock has gained 55.4% over the last year.

8. Deckers Outdoor Corp. (NYSE:DECK): Textile Industry. Market cap of $2.8B. 5-year average gross margin at 45.06% vs. industry average at 41.93%. 5-year average net profit margin at 12.65% vs. industry average at 5.31%. Short float at 11.3%, which implies a short ratio of 3.6 days. The stock has gained 130.96% over the last year.

9. Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI): Diversified Electronics Industry. Market cap of $2.29B. 5-year average gross margin at 38.5% vs. industry average at 27.9%. 5-year average net profit margin at 5.72% vs. industry average at 2.67%. Short float at 11.1%, which implies a short ratio of 11.09 days. The stock has gained 63.77% over the last year.

10. Gen-Probe Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO): Research Services Industry. Market cap of $2.53B. 5-year average gross margin at 71.11% vs. industry average at 50.55%. 5-year average net profit margin at 19.88% vs. industry average at 10.26%. Short float at 6.08%, which implies a short ratio of 8.15 days. The stock has gained 24.21% over the last year.

11. BCE, Inc. (NYSE:BCE): Telecom Services Industry. Market cap of $25.84B. 5-year average gross margin at 76.34% vs. industry average at 54.08%. 5-year average net profit margin at 13.44% vs. industry average at 7.29%. Short float at 0.23%, which implies a short ratio of 2.44 days. The stock has gained 36.04% over the last year.

12. TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE:TDG): Aerospace/Defense Products & Services Industry. Market cap of $3.42B. 5-year average gross margin at 54.6% vs. industry average at 34.09%. 5-year average net profit margin at 17.21% vs. industry average at 9.98%. Short float at 2.78%, which implies a short ratio of 4.53 days. The stock has gained 59.33% over the last year.

13. Concho Resources, Inc. (NYSE:CXO): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $8.1B. 5-year average gross margin at 81.17% vs. industry average at 44.16%. 5-year average net profit margin at 19.43% vs. industry average at 11.45%. Short float at 5.07%, which implies a short ratio of 6.12 days. The stock has gained 88.63% over the last year.

14. FMC Corp. (NYSE:FMC): Chemicals Industry. Market cap of $5.74B. 5-year average gross margin at 30.74% vs. industry average at 29.28%. 5-year average net profit margin at 7.82% vs. industry average at 5.18%. Short float at 1.1%, which implies a short ratio of 1.54 days. The stock has gained 40.63% over the last year.

15. Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCM): Processing Systems & Products Industry. Market cap of $3.15B. 5-year average gross margin at 58.99% vs. industry average at 32.41%. 5-year average net profit margin at 7.63% vs. industry average at 5.39%. Short float at 8.12%, which implies a short ratio of 4.14 days. The stock has gained 65.69% over the last year.

16. Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. (NYSE:RL): Textile Industry. Market cap of $10.44B. 5-year average gross margin at 55.09% vs. industry average at 40.4%. 5-year average net profit margin at 8.8% vs. industry average at 6.3%. Short float at 6.13%, which implies a short ratio of 3.99 days. The stock has gained 39.4% over the last year.

17. WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE:WBC): Auto Parts Industry. Market cap of $3.3B. 5-year average gross margin at 26.53% vs. industry average at 20.53%. 5-year average net profit margin at 6.3% vs. industry average at 4.75%. Short float at 1.01%, which implies a short ratio of 1.33 days. The stock has gained 117.12% over the last year.

18. Family Dollar Stores Inc. (NYSE:FDO): Discount Variety Stores Industry. Market cap of $6.38B. 5-year average gross margin at 34.31% vs. industry average at 24.51%. 5-year average net profit margin at 3.72% vs. industry average at 3.0%. Short float at 5.6%, which implies a short ratio of 2.8 days. The stock has gained 63.72% over the last year.

19. Ametek Inc. (NYSE:AME): Industrial Electrical Equipment Industry. Market cap of $6.21B. 5-year average gross margin at 31.59% vs. industry average at 31.34%. 5-year average net profit margin at 9.97% vs. industry average at 8.74%. Short float at 1.79%, which implies a short ratio of 3.71 days. The stock has gained 57.13% over the last year.

20. eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY): Catalog & Mail Order Houses Industry. Market cap of $40.61B. 5-year average gross margin at 75.9% vs. industry average at 43.82%. 5-year average net profit margin at 18.96% vs. industry average at 16.68%. Short float at 2.93%, which implies a short ratio of 2.25 days. The stock has gained 31.94% over the last year.

21. Neogen Corp. (NASDAQ:NEOG): Diagnostic Substances Industry. Market cap of $847.15M. 5-year average gross margin at 51.36% vs. industry average at 50.55%. 5-year average net profit margin at 11.47% vs. industry average at 10.26%. Short float at 4.87%, which implies a short ratio of 10.87 days. The stock has gained 68.87% over the last year.

22. Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE:UA): Textile Industry. Market cap of $2.88B. 5-year average gross margin at 49.12% vs. industry average at 40.4%. 5-year average net profit margin at 6.77% vs. industry average at 6.3%. Short float at 14.29%, which implies a short ratio of 6.67 days. The stock has gained 108.18% over the last year.

23. Novellus Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVLS): Semiconductor Equipment & Materials Industry. Market cap of $2.79B. 5-year average gross margin at 46.14% vs. industry average at 33.54%. 5-year average net profit margin at 5.02% vs. industry average at 4.88%. Short float at 7.88%, which implies a short ratio of 3.19 days. The stock has gained 46.63% over the last year.

24. TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (NASDAQ:TQNT): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $1.91B. 5-year average gross margin at 31.42% vs. industry average at 23.02%. 5-year average net profit margin at 1.77% vs. industry average at -0.88%. Short float at 7.06%, which implies a short ratio of 2.61 days. The stock has gained 108.35% over the last year.

25. OmniVision Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:OVTI): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $1.62B. 5-year average gross margin at 27.53% vs. industry average at 23.02%. 5-year average net profit margin at 5.31% vs. industry average at -0.88%. Short float at 10.73%, which implies a short ratio of 3.01 days. The stock has gained 117.31% over the last year.

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