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The following is a list of high volume gainers with a track record of profitability, i.e. higher average gross and net profit margins than their competitors.

For each stock, we'll list the Relative Volume indicator, which expresses Friday's trading volume as a multiple of the three-month average volume.

Relative Volume data sourced from Finviz, profitability data sourced from Reuters.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research. Note: The numbers on top of items represent the forward P/E ratio, if available.

The list has been sorted by the Relative Volume.

1. ASML Holding NV (NASDAQ:ASML): Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Industry. Market cap of $16.17B. Relative Volume at 6.1, with the stock gaining 8.93% during the session. 5-year average gross margin at 37.78% vs. industry average at 33.57%. 5-year average net profit margin at 12.28% vs. industry average at 4.74%. Short float at 1.15%, which implies a short ratio of 2.05 days. The stock has gained 12.32% over the last year.

2. Novellus Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVLS): Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Industry. Market cap of $2.96B. Relative Volume at 5.69, with the stock gaining 10.36% during the session. 5-year average gross margin at 46.14% vs. industry average at 33.57%. 5-year average net profit margin at 5.02% vs. industry average at 4.74%. Short float at 6.32%, which implies a short ratio of 2.97 days. The stock has gained 42.34% over the last year.

3. MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI): Application Software Industry. Market cap of $4.37B. Relative Volume at 5.45, with the stock gaining 0.6% during the session. 5-year average gross margin at 69.14% vs. industry average at 50.88%. 5-year average net profit margin at 18.08% vs. industry average at 4.38%. Short float at 1.14%, which implies a short ratio of 2.55 days. The stock has gained 11.03% over the last year.

4. KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC): Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Industry. Market cap of $6.64B. Relative Volume at 4.07, with the stock gaining 5.79% during the session. 5-year average gross margin at 53.61% vs. industry average at 33.57%. 5-year average net profit margin at 8.92% vs. industry average at 4.74%. Short float at 3.35%, which implies a short ratio of 2.49 days. The stock has gained 15.45% over the last year.

5. Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc. (NASDAQ:VSEA): Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Industry. Market cap of $3.08B. Relative Volume at 3.76, with the stock gaining 6.08% during the session. 5-year average gross margin at 45.74% vs. industry average at 33.57%. 5-year average net profit margin at 12.07% vs. industry average at 4.74%. Short float at 2.5%, which implies a short ratio of 2.91 days. The stock has gained 17.02% over the last year.

6. Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT): Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Industry. Market cap of $18.91B. Relative Volume at 3.13, with the stock gaining 5.7% during the session. 5-year average gross margin at 41.77% vs. industry average at 33.57%. 5-year average net profit margin at 11.59% vs. industry average at 4.74%. Short float at 1.62%, which implies a short ratio of 1.64 days. The stock has gained 1.5% over the last year.

7. Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ): Photographic Equipment and Supplies Industry. Market cap of $62.79B. Relative Volume at 2.39, with the stock gaining 0.73% during the session. 5-year average gross margin at 48.19% vs. industry average at 44.6%. 5-year average net profit margin at 9.29% vs. industry average at 6.14%. Short float at 0.06%, which implies a short ratio of 2.55 days. The stock has gained 20.45% over the last year.

8. Mindray Medical International Limited (NYSE:MR): Medical Instruments and Supplies Industry. Market cap of $2.74B. Relative Volume at 2.33, with the stock gaining 4.99% during the session. 5-year average gross margin at 54.92% vs. industry average at 47.16%. 5-year average net profit margin at 22.21% vs. industry average at 5.89%. Short float at 20.62%, which implies a short ratio of 20.32 days. The stock has lost -31.98% over the last year.

9. NVR Inc. (NYSE:NVR): Residential Construction Industry. Market cap of $4.38B. Relative Volume at 2.25, with the stock gaining 2.41% during the session. 5-year average gross margin at 21.47% vs. industry average at 19.89%. 5-year average net profit margin at 8.29% vs. industry average at 2.28%. Short float at 6.72%, which implies a short ratio of 11.42 days. The stock has gained 7.63% over the last year.

10. Tenaris SA (NYSE:TS): Steel and Iron Industry. Market cap of $26.7B. Relative Volume at 1.99, with the stock gaining 1.66% during the session. 5-year average gross margin at 44.74% vs. industry average at 36.%. 5-year average net profit margin at 19.63% vs. industry average at 15.48%. Short float at 3.1%, which implies a short ratio of 4.05 days. The stock has lost -2.96% over the last year.

11. EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC): Data Storage Devices Industry. Market cap of $49.41B. Relative Volume at 1.97, with the stock gaining 2.38% during the session. 5-year average gross margin at 54.46% vs. industry average at 14.26%. 5-year average net profit margin at 10.19% vs. industry average at 4.24%. Short float at 2.05%, which implies a short ratio of 2.08 days. The stock has gained 31.98% over the last year.

12. Kubota Corporation (KUB): Diversified Machinery Industry. Market cap of $12.47B. Relative Volume at 1.86, with the stock gaining 1.31% during the session. 5-year average gross margin at 28.25% vs. industry average at 27.01%. 5-year average net profit margin at 6.38% vs. industry average at 5.81%. Short float at 0.01%, which implies a short ratio of 1.17 days. The stock has lost -3.49% over the last year.

13. EnCana Corp. (NYSE:ECA): Major Integrated Oil and Gas Industry. Market cap of $22.6B. Relative Volume at 1.85, with the stock gaining 0.98% during the session. 5-year average gross margin at 80.1% vs. industry average at 43.57%. 5-year average net profit margin at 25.4% vs. industry average at 11.13%. Short float at 2.06%, which implies a short ratio of 4.34 days. The stock has lost -10.05% over the last year.

14. Sina Corp. (NASDAQ:SINA): Internet Software and Services Industry. Market cap of $5.23B. Relative Volume at 1.84, with the stock gaining 2.01% during the session. 5-year average gross margin at 60.47% vs. industry average at 43.72%. 5-year average net profit margin at 45.67% vs. industry average at 16.81%. Short float at 9.31%, which implies a short ratio of 2.89 days. The stock has gained 88.27% over the last year.

15. Boston Properties Inc. (NYSE:BXP): REIT. Market cap of $12.22B. Relative Volume at 1.62, with the stock gaining 2.13% during the session. 5-year average gross margin at 65.72% vs. industry average at 42.57%. 5-year average net profit margin at 43.64% vs. industry average at 29.81%. Short float at 6.23%, which implies a short ratio of 8.23 days. The stock has gained 30.87% over the last year.

Source: Friday's High Volume Gainers With a Track Record of Profitability