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The following is a list of stocks in rally mode, i.e. trading above the 20-day, 50-day and 200-day moving averages.

In addition, all of the names mentioned below have excellent growth prospects, with higher projected EPS growth rates than industry competitors. All of the companies mentioned below also have the following characteristics:

  • EPS and revenue grew faster than their industry competitors over the last five years
  • Capital spending accelerated at a faster rate than their competitors (theoretically, this makes them more competitive over the coming years)
  • Cashflow growth has accelerated faster than their industry competitors over the last five years

We're not going to go into detailed analysis for each company. The goal here is to give growth-oriented investors a starting point for their own analysis.

All growth stats sourced from Fidelity, short float and performance data sourced from Finviz.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the 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.

1. Atlas Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ATLS): Oil and Gas Drilling and Exploration Industry. Market cap of $3.54B.

The stock is currently 0.57% above its 20-day MA, 1.99% above its 50-day MA, and 30.29% above its 200-day MA.

EPS have grown by 16.29% over the last five years vs. industry average at 2.07%. EPS projected to grow by 49.5% over the next five years vs. industry average at 10.79%. Revenue has grown by 27.32% over the last five years vs. industry average at 11.09%. Capital spending has grown by 26.63% over the last five years vs. industry average at 20.06%. The company's cash flow has grown by 16.57% over the last five years vs. industry average at 8.99%.

Short float at 2.14%, which implies a short ratio of 1.06 days. The stock has gained 48.14% over the last year.

2. First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $14.24B.

The stock is currently 9.75% above its 20-day MA, 19.12% above its 50-day MA, and 27.0% above its 200-day MA.

EPS have grown by 142.39% over the last five years vs. industry average at 12.9%. EPS projected to grow by 23.56% over the next five years vs. industry average at 15.32%. Revenue has grown by 112.16% over the last five years vs. industry average at 9.22%. Capital spending has grown by 45.81% over the last five years vs. industry average at 2.27%. The company's cash flow has grown by 199.49% over the last five years vs. industry average at 10.12%.

Short float at 27.92%, which implies a short ratio of 9.22 days. The stock has gained 44.32% over the last year.

3. iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT): Appliances Industry. Market cap of $761.25M.

The stock is currently 7.25% above its 20-day MA, 15.79% above its 50-day MA, and 39.96% above its 200-day MA.

EPS have grown by 51.57% over the last five years vs. industry average at -8.14%. EPS projected to grow by 27.5% over the next five years vs. industry average at 21.05%. Revenue has grown by 23.08% over the last five years vs. industry average at 2.47%. Capital spending has grown by 17.89% over the last five years vs. industry average at -3.14%. The company's cash flow has grown by 47.79% over the last five years vs. industry average at -5.38%.

Short float at 6.05%, which implies a short ratio of 7.16 days. The stock has gained 88.76% over the last year.

4. Middleby Corp. (NASDAQ:MIDD): Diversified Machinery Industry. Market cap of $1.66B.

The stock is currently 5.68% above its 20-day MA, 5.78% above its 50-day MA, and 32.82% above its 200-day MA.

EPS have grown by 22.55% over the last five years vs. industry average at 5.16%. EPS projected to grow by 17.5% over the next five years vs. industry average at 16.23%. Revenue has grown by 18.99% over the last five years vs. industry average at 5.24%. Capital spending has grown by 36.74% over the last five years vs. industry average at 6.73%. The company's cash flow has grown by 23.41% over the last five years vs. industry average at 2.95%.

Short float at 8.31%, which implies a short ratio of 14.04 days. The stock has gained 107.28% over the last year.

5. Navigators Group Inc. (NASDAQ:NAVG): Property and Casualty Insurance Industry. Market cap of $873.01M.

The stock is currently 2.63% above its 20-day MA, 1.43% above its 50-day MA, and 13.3% above its 200-day MA.

EPS have grown by 5.9% over the last five years vs. industry average at 2.43%. EPS projected to grow by 11.0% over the next five years vs. industry average at 10.94%. Revenue has grown by 17.24% over the last five years vs. industry average at 5.67%. Capital spending has grown by 4.6% over the last five years vs. industry average at 2.24%. The company's cash flow has grown by 13.43% over the last five years vs. industry average at 5.09%.

Short float at 3.69%, which implies a short ratio of 10.87 days. The stock has gained 21.59% over the last year.

6. Portfolio Recovery Associates Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAA): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $1.35B.

The stock is currently 7.51% above its 20-day MA, 7.88% above its 50-day MA, and 16.76% above its 200-day MA.

EPS have grown by 10.65% over the last five years vs. industry average at -13.07%. EPS projected to grow by 16.5% over the next five years vs. industry average at 15.22%. Revenue has grown by 19.91% over the last five years vs. industry average at 8.94%. Capital spending has grown by 16.67% over the last five years vs. industry average at -10.47%. The company's cash flow has grown by 12.4% over the last five years vs. industry average at -12.95%.

Short float at 22.61%, which implies a short ratio of 43.17 days. The stock has gained 50.11% over the last year.

Source: 6 Rallying Stocks With Excellent Growth Prospects