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The following is a list of highly profitable companies 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.

To compile this list, we started with a universe of stocks that have seen the 50-day MA move above the 200-day MA. We then narrowed down the universe to only focus on stocks that have managed to achieve high EPS and sales growth rates over the past five years.

All data sourced from Finviz.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in market cap for the top six names mentioned below. Note: The numbers on top of items represent the forward P/E ratio, if available.

The list has been sorted alphabetically.

1. Atheros Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:ATHR): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $2.57B. SMA50 at $33.04 vs. SMA200 at $31.66 (current price at $35.92). EPS has grown by 28.37% over the last five years, with EPS projected to grow by 19.8% over the next five years. Sales have grown by 26.18% over the last five years. Short float at 13.51%, which implies a short ratio of 4.72 days. The stock has gained 4.91% over the last year.

2. CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CME): Investment Brokerage Industry. Market cap of $21.56B. SMA50 at $301.12 vs. SMA200 at $290.60 (current price at $321.75). EPS has grown by 14.23% over the last five years, with EPS projected to grow by 13.28% over the next five years. Sales have grown by 29.35% over the last five years. Short float at 2.42%, which implies a short ratio of 2.85 days. The stock has lost -2.72% over the last year.

3. Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE:CVA): Waste Management Industry. Market cap of $2.64B. SMA50 at $16.2 vs. SMA200 at $15.98 (current price at $17.19). EPS has grown by 11.9% over the last five years, with EPS projected to grow by 15.73% over the next five years. Sales have grown by 21.89% over the last five years. Short float at 5.3%, which implies a short ratio of 9.07 days. The stock has lost -4.98% over the last year.

4. Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $29.42B. SMA50 at $37.9 vs. SMA200 at $37.39 (current price at $36.24). EPS has grown by 41.71% over the last five years, with EPS projected to grow by 15.46% over the next five years. Sales have grown by 39.55% over the last five years. Short float at 2.33%, which implies a short ratio of 2.13 days. The stock has lost -16.25% over the last year.

5. Global Payments Inc. (NYSE:GPN): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $3.68B. SMA50 at $42.02 vs. SMA200 at $41.13 (current price at $46.21). EPS has grown by 16.72% over the last five years, with EPS projected to grow by 12.56% over the next five years. Sales have grown by 15.93% over the last five years. Short float at 3.38%, which implies a short ratio of 4.17 days. The stock has lost -14.04% over the last year.

6. IberiaBank Corp. (NASDAQ:IBKC): Regional Bank. Market cap of $1.59B. SMA50 at $54.04 vs. SMA200 at $53.9 (current price at $59.13). EPS has grown by 21.71% over the last five years, with EPS projected to grow by 12.5% over the next five years. Sales have grown by 20.01% over the last five years. Short float at 8.78%, which implies a short ratio of 16.83 days. The stock has gained 12.63% over the last year.

7. ITT Corporation (NYSE:ITT): Diversified Machinery Industry. Market cap of $9.57B. SMA50 at $48.52 vs. SMA200 at $48.29 (current price at $52.11). EPS has grown by 10.35% over the last five years, with EPS projected to grow by 10.46% over the next five years. Sales have grown by 12.82% over the last five years. Short float at 3%, which implies a short ratio of 4.29 days. The stock has gained 6.96% over the last year.

8. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC): Technical Services Industry. Market cap of $5.78B. SMA50 at $41.46 vs. SMA200 at $40.72 (current price at $45.85). EPS has grown by 11.77% over the last five years, with EPS projected to grow by 11.95% over the next five years. Sales have grown by 11.97% over the last five years. Short float at 2.24%, which implies a short ratio of 2.35 days. The stock has gained 20.91% over the last year.

9. Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ:PEGA): Business Software & Services Industry. Market cap of $1.36B. SMA50 at $31.29 vs. SMA200 at $30.59 (current price at $36.63). EPS has grown by 30.95% over the last five years, with EPS projected to grow by 24.% over the next five years. Sales have grown by 20.65% over the last five years. Short float at 17.17%, which implies a short ratio of 7.89 days. The stock has gained 8.12% over the last year.

10. Quidel Corp. (NASDAQ:QDEL): Diagnostic Substances Industry. Market cap of $411.97M. SMA50 at $12.99 vs. SMA200 at $12.66 (current price at $14.45). EPS has grown by 85.73% over the last five years, with EPS projected to grow by 18.33% over the next five years. Sales have grown by 15.86% over the last five years. Short float at 19.66%, which implies a short ratio of 24.66 days. The stock has gained 4.86% over the last year.

11. Regal Beloit Corporation (NYSE:RBC): Industrial Electrical Equipment Industry. Market cap of $2.58B. SMA50 at $60.77 vs. SMA200 at $60. (current price at $66.76). EPS has grown by 16.57% over the last five years, with EPS projected to grow by 15.79% over the next five years. Sales have grown by 19.27% over the last five years. Short float at 7.06%, which implies a short ratio of 4.33 days. The stock has gained 29.93% over the last year.

12. Research In Motion Limited (RIMM): Diversified Communication Services Industry. Market cap of $30.33B. SMA50 at $57.96 vs. SMA200 at $57.78 (current price at $58.13). EPS has grown by 65.62% over the last five years, with EPS projected to grow by 22.68% over the next five years. Sales have grown by 61.75% over the last five years. Short float at 6.15%, which implies a short ratio of 2.05 days. The stock has lost -13.93% over the last year.

13. Smith & Nephew plc (NYSE:SNN): Medical Appliances & Equipment Industry. Market cap of $9.35B. SMA50 at $47.86 vs. SMA200 at $46.64 (current price at $52.55). EPS has grown by 18.11% over the last five years, with EPS projected to grow by 10.9% over the next five years. Sales have grown by 11.9% over the last five years. Short float at 0.76%, which implies a short ratio of 12.72 days. The stock has gained 4.1% over the last year.

14. Stryker Corp. (NYSE:SYK): Medical Instruments & Supplies Industry. Market cap of $21.33B. SMA50 at $51.84 vs. SMA200 at $51.31 (current price at $53.7). EPS has grown by 20.97% over the last five years, with EPS projected to grow by 11.79% over the next five years. Sales have grown by 10.85% over the last five years. Short float at 5.61%, which implies a short ratio of 7.98 days. The stock has gained 7.9% over the last year.

15. Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNA): Computer Peripherals Industry. Market cap of $1.01B. SMA50 at $28.73 vs. SMA200 at $28.44 (current price at $29.38). EPS has grown by 11.58% over the last five years, with EPS projected to grow by 14.17% over the next five years. Sales have grown by 19.86% over the last five years. Short float at 26.95%, which implies a short ratio of 12.27 days. The stock has lost -4.14% over the last year.

16. TNS Inc. (NYSE:TNS): Communication Equipment Industry. Market cap of $545.17M. SMA50 at $19.64 vs. SMA200 at $19.46 (current price at $20.80). EPS has grown by 31.23% over the last five years, with EPS projected to grow by 12.07% over the next five years. Sales have grown by 13.77% over the last five years. Short float at 4.19%, which implies a short ratio of 8.95 days. The stock has lost -19.03% over the last year.

17. TETRA Technologies Inc. (NYSE:TTI): Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. Market cap of $904.26M. SMA50 at $10.75 vs. SMA200 at $10.57 (current price at $11.87). EPS has grown by 30.26% over the last five years, with EPS projected to grow by 15.5% over the next five years. Sales have grown by 20.22% over the last five years. Short float at 4.62%, which implies a short ratio of 4.12 days. The stock has gained 7.13% over the last year.

18. Urban Outfitters Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $5.87B. SMA50 at $35.02 vs. SMA200 at $34.92 (current price at $35.81). EPS has grown by 18.88% over the last five years, with EPS projected to grow by 19.83% over the next five years. Sales have grown by 18.54% over the last five years. Short float at 12.37%, which implies a short ratio of 3.61 days. The stock has gained 2.34% over the last year.

19. West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (NYSE:WST): Medical Instruments & Supplies Industry. Market cap of $1.37B. SMA50 at $38.86 vs. SMA200 at $37.86 (current price at $41.2). EPS has grown by 13.72% over the last five years, with EPS projected to grow by 20.% over the next five years. Sales have grown by 14.28% over the last five years. Short float at 6%, which implies a short ratio of 14.88 days. The stock has gained 4.67% over the last year.

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