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The following is a list of stocks that have recently hit new highs. All of these stocks have a track record of profitability, registering positive earnings and sales growth over the past five years.

In addition, all of these stocks have positive earnings growth projected for the next five years.

This list might be interesting to a momentum investor looking for quality companies with a track record of success. We're not going to go into detailed analysis for each company. The goal here is to give you a starting point for your own analysis.

All data sourced from Finviz.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in market cap and annual returns for the top five stocks mentioned below. (Note: The numbers on top of items represent the forward P/E ratio, if available.)

The list has been sorted by annual performance.

1. AXT Inc. (AXTI): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $317.92M. Sales have grown by 9.32% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 53.98% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 28.00% over the next 5 years. Short float at 3.4%, which implies a short ratio of 1.84 days. The stock has gained 215% over the last year.

2. Skyworks Solutions Inc. (SWKS): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $5.28B. Sales have grown by 6.23% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 36.04% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 14.04% over the next 5 years. Short float at 8.67%, which implies a short ratio of 4.26 days. The stock has gained 104.55% over the last year.

3. Rovi Corporation (ROVI): Multimedia and Graphics Software Industry. Market cap of $6.13B. Sales have grown by 21.59% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 15.31% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 18.5% over the next 5 years. Short float at 6.38%, which implies a short ratio of 5.49 days. The stock has gained 82.32% over the last year.

4. Emergent BioSolutions, Inc. (EBS): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $821.82M. Sales have grown by 22.97% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 12.08% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 10.00% over the next 5 years. Short float at 4.39%, which implies a short ratio of 6.28 days. The stock has gained 75.46% over the last year.

5. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (CTSH): Business Software and Services Industry. Market cap of $22.2B. Sales have grown by 41.08% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 38.26% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 19.5% over the next 5 years. Short float at 1.75%, which implies a short ratio of 2.07 days. The stock has gained 58.26% over the last year.

6. Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods OJSC (WBD): Dairy Products Industry. Market cap of $5.46B. Sales have grown by 13.00% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 39.16% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 21.1% over the next 5 years. Short float at 1.55%, which implies a short ratio of 1.51 days. The stock has gained 48.05% over the last year.

7. FARO Technologies Inc. (FARO): Scientific and Technical Instruments Industry. Market cap of $519.54M. Sales have grown by 8.77% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 14.74% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 20.00% over the next 5 years. Short float at 2.89%, which implies a short ratio of 8.23 days. The stock has gained 46.6% over the last year.

8. Chemical & Mining Co. of Chile Inc. (SQM): Synthetics Industry. Market cap of $14.33B. Sales have grown by 13.13% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 32.% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 0.2% over the next 5 years. Short float at 3.89%, which implies a short ratio of 5.81 days. The stock has gained 45.07% over the last year.

9. National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV): Oil and Gas Equipment and Services Industry. Market cap of $27.28B. Sales have grown by 40.55% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 39.54% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 12.93% over the next 5 years. Short float at 2.05%, which implies a short ratio of 1.65 days. The stock has gained 45.04% over the last year.

10. Stericycle, Inc. (SRCL): Waste Management Industry. Market cap of $6.88B. Sales have grown by 17.93% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 19.07% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 16.93% over the next 5 years. Short float at 7.73%, which implies a short ratio of 13.09 days. The stock has gained 44.71% over the last year.

11. Companhia de Bebidas Das Americas (ABV): Brewers Industry. Market cap of $18.64B. Sales have grown by 14.07% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 40.53% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 13.00% over the next 5 years. Short float at 0.9%, which implies a short ratio of 0.56 days. The stock has gained 43.55% over the last year.

12. Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC (VNR): Oil and Gas Drilling and Exploration Industry. Market cap of $776.6M. Sales have grown by 26.3% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 32.55% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 4.00% over the next 5 years. Short float at 0.87%, which implies a short ratio of 0.61 days. The stock has gained 43.33% over the last year.

13. iRobot Corporation (IRBT): Appliances Industry. Market cap of $635.48M. Sales have grown by 25.73% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 84.05% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 53.6% over the next 5 years. Short float at 9.56%, which implies a short ratio of 12.06 days. The stock has gained 42.87% over the last year.

14. First Potomac Realty Trust (FPO): REIT. Market cap of $655.62M. Sales have grown by 26.73% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 58.58% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 5.% over the next 5 years. Short float at 3.64%, which implies a short ratio of 3.82 days. The stock has gained 41.69% over the last year.

15. Meadowbrook Insurance Group Inc. (MIG): Property and Casualty Insurance Industry. Market cap of $546.24M. Sales have grown by 18.35% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 13.92% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 4.% over the next 5 years. Short float at 2.47%, which implies a short ratio of 5.37 days. The stock has gained 40.74% over the last year.

16. Clean Harbors, Inc. (CLH): Waste Management Industry. Market cap of $2.2B. Sales have grown by 10.8% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 19.82% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 20.9% over the next 5 years. Short float at 11.11%, which implies a short ratio of 14.24 days. The stock has gained 40.63% over the last year.

17. Regency Energy Partners LP (RGNC): Oil and Gas Pipelines Industry. Market cap of $3.88B. Sales have grown by 17.81% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 23.08% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 3.5% over the next 5 years. Short float at 0.36%, which implies a short ratio of 0.66 days. The stock has gained 38.86% over the last year.

18. Advent Software, Inc. (ADVS): Application Software Industry. Market cap of $1.48B. Sales have grown by 11.59% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 32.73% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 15.00% over the next 5 years. Short float at 9.14%, which implies a short ratio of 24.16 days. The stock has gained 38.34% over the last year.

19. Cardinal Financial Corp. (CFNL): Regional Bank. Market cap of $346.56M. Sales have grown by 16.44% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 15.00% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 18.% over the next 5 years. Short float at 2.85%, which implies a short ratio of 10.61 days. The stock has gained 38.19% over the last year.

20. Chemed Corp. (CHE): Home Health Care Industry. Market cap of $1.47B. Sales have grown by 10.12% over the past 5 years, with EPS growing by 33.25% during the same time. EPS projected to grow by 12.5% over the next 5 years. Short float at 3.9%, which implies a short ratio of 7.64 days. The stock has gained 35.3% over the last year.

Source: 20 Historically Profitable Companies Hitting New Highs