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The following is a list of stocks that are approaching an inflection point, based on moving average trends. For this article, we define an inflection point as the convergence between the 50-day and 200-day moving averages.

When these two moving averages cross, it often represents a shift in investor sentiment. If the 50-day MA moves above the 200-day MA (bullish), it's called a "Golden Cross" signal. If, on the other hand, the 50-day MA crosses below the 200-day MA (bearish), it's called the "Death Cross".

To compile this list, we started with a universe of about 140 stocks that have seen the SMA50 move above the SMA200 (i.e. bullish signal). We then narrowed down the universe by only focusing on companies that have outperformed their competitors with respect to the Return on Equity, Return on Investment and Return on Asset ratios.

Management efficiency data sourced from Reuters, short float and performance data sourced from Finviz.

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The list has been sorted by the Return on Asset ratio.

1. Myriad Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ:MYGN): Drug Manufacturer. Market cap of $1.99B. SMA50 at $19.17 vs. SMA200 at $19.04 (current price at $21.53). 5-year average ROA at 21.53% vs. industry average at 9.52%. 5-year average ROI at 23.89% vs. industry average at 11.88%. 5-year average ROE at 23.89% vs. industry average at 15.53%. Short float at 5.89%, which implies a short ratio of 5.22 days. The stock has lost -6.88% over the last year.

2. MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. (WFR): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $2.63B. SMA50 at $12.39 vs. SMA200 at $12.18 (current price at $11.57). 5-year average ROA at 16.24% vs. industry average at 3.92%. 5-year average ROI at 19.78% vs. industry average at 5.49%. 5-year average ROE at 24.16% vs. industry average at 9.02%. Short float at 5.89%, which implies a short ratio of 2.18 days. The stock has lost -3.9% over the last year.

3. Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE:RHI): Staffing & Outsourcing Services Industry. Market cap of $4.08B. SMA50 at $26.72 vs. SMA200 at $26.36 (current price at $27.72). 5-year average ROA at 16.05% vs. industry average at 4.62%. 5-year average ROI at 22.28% vs. industry average at 7.92%. 5-year average ROE at 22.25% vs. industry average at 9.78%. Short float at 10.35%, which implies a short ratio of 12.79 days. The stock has gained 26.69% over the last year.

4. eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:EHTH): Insurance Brokers Industry. Market cap of $334.11M. SMA50 at $13.51 vs. SMA200 at $13.34 (current price at $15.05). 5-year average ROA at 14.63% vs. industry average at 2.96%. 5-year average ROI at 16.17% vs. industry average at 5.27%. 5-year average ROE at 22.37% vs. industry average at 10.54%. Short float at 14%, which implies a short ratio of 19.72 days. The stock has gained 13.41% over the last year.

5. Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI): Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. Market cap of $22.5B. SMA50 at $46. vs. SMA200 at $45.01 (current price at $52.16). 5-year average ROA at 14.45% vs. industry average at 7.57%. 5-year average ROI at 17.62% vs. industry average at 11.28%. 5-year average ROE at 23.89% vs. industry average at 17.76%. Short float at 2.2%, which implies a short ratio of 2.12 days. The stock has gained 29.65% over the last year.

6. Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $71.65B. SMA50 at $82.36 vs. SMA200 at $80.93 (current price at $88.17). 5-year average ROA at 13.8% vs. industry average at 12.16%. 5-year average ROI at 16.4% vs. industry average at 15.11%. 5-year average ROE at 22.88% vs. industry average at 21.01%. Short float at 1.11%, which implies a short ratio of 1.93 days. The stock has gained 11.13% over the last year.

7. Morningstar Inc. (NASDAQ:MORN): Information & Delivery Services Industry. Market cap of $2.5B. SMA50 at $47.32 vs. SMA200 at $46.12 (current price at $50.41). 5-year average ROA at 11.69% vs. industry average at 3.54%. 5-year average ROI at 17.32% vs. industry average at 5.28%. 5-year average ROE at 18.87% vs. industry average at 4.53%. Short float at 6.61%, which implies a short ratio of 18.07 days. The stock has gained 8.74% over the last year.

8. Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. (NYSE:WDR): Asset Management Industry. Market cap of $2.63B. SMA50 at $29.09 vs. SMA200 at $28.94 (current price at $30.8). 5-year average ROA at 11.51% vs. industry average at 8.76%. 5-year average ROI at 16.14% vs. industry average at 10.91%. 5-year average ROE at 29.13% vs. industry average at 13.26%. Short float at 2.71%, which implies a short ratio of 2.64 days. The stock has gained 8.6% over the last year.

9. Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc. (NASDAQ:VSEA): Semiconductor Equipment & Materials Industry. Market cap of $2.33B. SMA50 at $30.55 vs. SMA200 at $30.23 (current price at $31.53). 5-year average ROA at 11.47% vs. industry average at 4.51%. 5-year average ROI at 13.83% vs. industry average at 6.06%. 5-year average ROE at 15.09% vs. industry average at 6.82%. Short float at 3.06%, which implies a short ratio of 3.56 days. The stock has gained 8.24% over the last year.

10. Precision Drilling Corporation (NYSE:PDS): Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. Market cap of $2.37B. SMA50 at $7.48 vs. SMA200 at $7.3 (current price at $8.59). 5-year average ROA at 11.35% vs. industry average at 5.93%. 5-year average ROI at 12.49% vs. industry average at 7.71%. 5-year average ROE at 18.91% vs. industry average at 10.78%. Short float at 0.62%, which implies a short ratio of 2 days. The stock has gained 30.35% over the last year.

11. Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX): Medical Instruments & Supplies Industry. Market cap of $28.29B. SMA50 at $49.71 vs. SMA200 at $48.21 (current price at $48.55). 5-year average ROA at 11.26% vs. industry average at 8.22%. 5-year average ROI at 15.38% vs. industry average at 11.22%. 5-year average ROE at 28.4% vs. industry average at 13.78%. Short float at 1.12%, which implies a short ratio of 1.85 days. The stock has lost -8.86% over the last year.

12. Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $49.78B. SMA50 at $55.79 vs. SMA200 at $55.61 (current price at $52.69). 5-year average ROA at 10.89% vs. industry average at 4.67%. 5-year average ROI at 12.84% vs. industry average at 5.47%. 5-year average ROE at 18.48% vs. industry average at 7.19%. Short float at 1.91%, which implies a short ratio of 3.15 days. The stock has lost -6.5% over the last year.

13. Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $21.38B. SMA50 at $64.91 vs. SMA200 at $64.89 (current price at $67.03). 5-year average ROA at 10.79% vs. industry average at 5.93%. 5-year average ROI at 12.36% vs. industry average at 7.71%. 5-year average ROE at 21.19% vs. industry average at 10.78%. Short float at 3.27%, which implies a short ratio of 1.43 days. The stock has lost -21.5% over the last year.

14. Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE:VMI): Metal Fabrication Industry. Market cap of $2.13B. SMA50 at $77.17 vs. SMA200 at $76.64 (current price at $80.86). 5-year average ROA at 9.53% vs. industry average at 2.39%. 5-year average ROI at 12.47% vs. industry average at 3.36%. 5-year average ROE at 19.89% vs. industry average at 5.43%. Short float at 6.8%, which implies a short ratio of 7.86 days. The stock has gained 6.35% over the last year.

15. Harte-Hanks Inc. (NYSE:HHS): Marketing Services Industry. Market cap of $791.56M. SMA50 at $12.08 vs. SMA200 at $11.98 (current price at $12.44). 5-year average ROA at 9.35% vs. industry average at 3.47%. 5-year average ROI at 11.6% vs. industry average at 5.94%. 5-year average ROE at 18.62% vs. industry average at 6.63%. Short float at 3.5%, which implies a short ratio of 5.76 days. The stock has gained 33.05% over the last year.

16. ASML Holding NV (NASDAQ:ASML): Semiconductor Equipment & Materials Industry. Market cap of $14.15B. SMA50 at $31.95 vs. SMA200 at $31.25 (current price at $32.63). 5-year average ROA at 9.23% vs. industry average at 4.51%. 5-year average ROI at 13.29% vs. industry average at 6.06%. 5-year average ROE at 18.99% vs. industry average at 6.82%. Short float at 1.09%, which implies a short ratio of 1.92 days. The stock has gained 6.15% over the last year.

17. Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ:CMTL): Communication Equipment Industry. Market cap of $840.27M. SMA50 at $29.25 vs. SMA200 at $28.55 (current price at $29.66). 5-year average ROA at 8.78% vs. industry average at 5.36%. 5-year average ROI at 10.3% vs. industry average at 8.01%. 5-year average ROE at 13.78% vs. industry average at 9.17%. Short float at 6.78%, which implies a short ratio of 4.58 days. The stock has gained 4.07% over the last year.

18. Excel Maritime Carriers, Ltd. (NYSE:EXM): Shipping Industry. Market cap of $452.1M. SMA50 at $5.81 vs. SMA200 at $5.77 (current price at $5.55). 5-year average ROA at 6.89% vs. industry average at 4.92%. 5-year average ROI at 7.56% vs. industry average at 6.61%. 5-year average ROE at 16.36% vs. industry average at 12.35%. Short float at 5.86%, which implies a short ratio of 4.05 days. The stock has lost -19.68% over the last year.

19. Tetra Tech Inc. (NASDAQ:TTEK): Technical Services Industry. Market cap of $1.43B. SMA50 at $21.64 vs. SMA200 at $21.28 (current price at $23.11). 5-year average ROA at 6.52% vs. industry average at 5.12%. 5-year average ROI at 11.03% vs. industry average at 6.94%. 5-year average ROE at 12.53% vs. industry average at 8.08%. Short float at 3.85%, which implies a short ratio of 7.03 days. The stock has lost -12.26% over the last year.

20. United Stationers Inc. (USTR): Wholesale Industry. Market cap of $1.47B. SMA50 at $57.1 vs. SMA200 at $56.15 (current price at $63.47). 5-year average ROA at 6.5% vs. industry average at 3.06%. 5-year average ROI at 10.1% vs. industry average at 5.07%. 5-year average ROE at 15.84% vs. industry average at 6.86%. Short float at 5.61%, which implies a short ratio of 9.31 days. The stock has gained 24.6% over the last year.

21. Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW): Advertising Agencies Industry. Market cap of $2.94B. SMA50 at $15.95 vs. SMA200 at $14.64 (current price at $22.58). 5-year average ROA at 5.96% vs. industry average at 4.62%. 5-year average ROI at 9.9% vs. industry average at 7.92%. 5-year average ROE at 10.18% vs. industry average at 9.78%. Short float at 14.38%, which implies a short ratio of 5.72 days. The stock has gained 54.55% over the last year.

22. Omnicell Inc. (NASDAQ:OMCL): Computer Based Systems Industry. Market cap of $438.05M. SMA50 at $13.13 vs. SMA200 at $13.02 (current price at $13.4). 5-year average ROA at 5.87% vs. industry average at 3.34%. 5-year average ROI at 7.58% vs. industry average at 4.31%. 5-year average ROE at 8.29% vs. industry average at 6.12%. Short float at 2.33%, which implies a short ratio of 4.44 days. The stock has gained 31.37% over the last year.

23. MasTec, Inc. (NYSE:MTZ): Heavy Construction Industry. Market cap of $1.09B. SMA50 at $12.33 vs. SMA200 at $11.66 (current price at $14.33). 5-year average ROA at 5.27% vs. industry average at 3.92%. 5-year average ROI at 7.39% vs. industry average at 5.49%. 5-year average ROE at 12.8% vs. industry average at 9.02%. Short float at 8.08%, which implies a short ratio of 5.28 days. The stock has gained 12.3% over the last year.

24. General Cable Corp. (NYSE:BGC): Industrial Electrical Equipment Industry. Market cap of $1.71B. SMA50 at $28.24 vs. SMA200 at $27.42 (current price at $32.79). 5-year average ROA at 4.87% vs. industry average at 4.53%. 5-year average ROI at 8.45% vs. industry average at 6.25%. 5-year average ROE at 20.08% vs. industry average at 4.71%. Short float at 10.51%, which implies a short ratio of 6.75 days. The stock has gained 11.68% over the last year.

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