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The following is a list of stocks that have seen unusually high trading volume during Wednesday's trading session. For each stock we'll list the relative volume indicator, which expresses today's volume as a multiple of the three month average daily volume.

In addition, all of the companies mentioned below have management teams that have outperformed their competitors over the last five years, when comparing the Return on Assets (ROA), Return on Invested Capital (ROI) and Return on Equity (ROE) ratios.

Most of these names saw heavy selling during Wednesday's session, which may inspire some bargain hunting for quality names. What do you think? Full details below.

Management data and industry comps sourced from Fidelity, short float, relative volume, and performance data sourced from Finviz.

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.


List sorted by relative volume.

1. Nordson Corporation (NDSN): Diversified Machinery Industry. Market cap of $3.7B. Relative volume at 6.1. 5-year average ROA at 17.86% vs. industry average at 5.68%. 5-year average ROI at 28.13% vs. industry average at 8.69%. 5-year average ROE at 38.27% vs. industry average at 18.37%. Short float at 4.13%, which implies a short ratio of 6.42 days. The stock has gained 63.57% over the last year.

2. Fluor Corporation (FLR): Heavy Construction Industry. Market cap of $12.23B. Relative volume at 4.6. 5-year average ROA at 5.30% vs. industry average at 4.52%. 5-year average ROI at 10.92% vs. industry average at 8.81%. 5-year average ROE at 11.30% vs. industry average at 10.80%. Short float at 2.64%, which implies a short ratio of 2.31 days. The stock has gained 52.66% over the last year.

3. Dolby Laboratories Inc. (DLB):
Diversified Electronics Industry. Market cap of $5.73B. Relative volume at 3.3. 5-year average ROA at 17.50% vs. industry average at 6.60%. 5-year average ROI at 20.12% vs. industry average at 9.23%. 5-year average ROE at 20.29% vs. industry average at 9.51%. Short float at 4.39%, which implies a short ratio of 3.58 days. The stock has lost -2.61% over the last year.

4. Dollar Tree, Inc. (DLTR):
Discount, Variety Stores Industry. Market cap of $6.08B. Relative volume at 3.2. 5-year average ROA at 16.34% vs. industry average at 7.07%. 5-year average ROI at 22.47% vs. industry average at 10.40%. 5-year average ROE at 26.82% vs. industry average at 18.16%. Short float at 4.24%, which implies a short ratio of 3.29 days. The stock has gained 30.63% over the last year.

5. Cummins Inc. (CMI): Diversified Machinery Industry. Market cap of $19.92B. Relative volume at 3.1. 5-year average ROA at 10.87% vs. industry average at 5.68%. 5-year average ROI at 21.17% vs. industry average at 8.69%. 5-year average ROE at 25.15% vs. industry average at 18.37%. Short float at 2.25%, which implies a short ratio of 2.14 days. The stock has gained 81.95% over the last year.

6. HealthSpring Inc. (HS-OLD): Health Care Plans Industry. Market cap of $2.1B. Relative volume at 3.0. 5-year average ROA at 11.14% vs. industry average at 6.83%. 5-year average ROI at 13.75% vs. industry average at 11.47%. 5-year average ROE at 18.57% vs. industry average at 18.31%. Short float at 4.23%, which implies a short ratio of 4.19 days. The stock has gained 98.97% over the last year.

7. Eaton Vance Corp. (EV): Asset Management Industry. Market cap of $3.7B. Relative volume at 2.7. 5-year average ROA at 14.84% vs. industry average at 2.47%. 5-year average ROI at 18.76% vs. industry average at 4.37%. 5-year average ROE at 46.45% vs. industry average at 11.50%. Short float at 8.93%, which implies a short ratio of 11.4 days. The stock has gained 5.15% over the last year.

8. Alaska Air Group, Inc. (ALK): Regional Airlines Industry. Market cap of $2.11B. Relative volume at 2.4. 5-year average ROA at 4.96% vs. industry average at 2.55%. 5-year average ROI at 9.04% vs. industry average at 2.70%. 5-year average ROE at 25.09% vs. industry average at 12.82%. Short float at 3.52%, which implies a short ratio of 3.52 days. The stock has gained 64.03% over the last year.

9. GrafTech International Ltd. (GTI): Industrial Electrical Equipment Industry. Market cap of $2.72B. Relative volume at 2.4. 5-year average ROA at 13.81% vs. industry average at 5.62%. 5-year average ROI at 20.41% vs. industry average at 12.48%. 5-year average ROE at 21.33% vs. industry average at 14.83%. Short float at 6.42%, which implies a short ratio of 5.4 days. The stock has gained 82.95% over the last year.

10. Heartland Express, Inc. (HTLD): Trucking Industry. Market cap of $1.5B. Relative volume at 2.3. 5-year average ROA at 11.12% vs. industry average at 5.83%. 5-year average ROI at 15.54% vs. industry average at 6.92%. 5-year average ROE at 17.47% vs. industry average at 15.69%. Short float at 6.82%, which implies a short ratio of 7.08 days. The stock has gained 15.45% over the last year.

11. InterDigital, Inc. (IDCC): Wireless Communications Industry. Market cap of $2.36B. Relative volume at 2.3. 5-year average ROA at 17.15% vs. industry average at 9.59%. 5-year average ROI at 65.20% vs. industry average at 12.60%. 5-year average ROE at 65.39% vs. industry average at 14.25%. Short float at 16.92%, which implies a short ratio of 7.32 days. The stock has gained 104.78% over the last year.

12. Donaldson Company, Inc. (DCI): Pollution & Treatment Controls Industry. Market cap of $4.21B. Relative volume at 2.2. 5-year average ROA at 12.99% vs. industry average at 5.68%. 5-year average ROI at 17.94% vs. industry average at 8.69%. 5-year average ROE at 24.55% vs. industry average at 18.37%. Short float at 2.41%, which implies a short ratio of 7.2 days. The stock has gained 34.68% over the last year.

13. Immucor Inc. (BLUD): Diagnostic Substances Industry. Market cap of $1.34B. Relative volume at 2.1. 5-year average ROA at 15.76% vs. industry average at 8.18%. 5-year average ROI at 17.60% vs. industry average at 11.94%. 5-year average ROE at 17.84% vs. industry average at 14.99%. Short float at 3.39%, which implies a short ratio of 5.45 days. The stock has lost -0.62% over the last year.

14. Bruker Corporation (BRKR): Scientific & Technical Instruments Industry. Market cap of $3.03B. Relative volume at 2.1. 5-year average ROA at 9.23% vs. industry average at 5.55%. 5-year average ROI at 19.22% vs. industry average at 7.51%. 5-year average ROE at 25.25% vs. industry average at 13.59%. Short float at 3.86%, which implies a short ratio of 4.82 days. The stock has gained 35.47% over the last year.

15. CARBO Ceramics Inc. (CRR):
Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. Market cap of $2.68B. Relative volume at 2.1. 5-year average ROA at 13.85% vs. industry average at 7.36%. 5-year average ROI at 15.15% vs. industry average at 9.28%. 5-year average ROE at 15.92% vs. industry average at 12.97%. Short float at 8.89%, which implies a short ratio of 7.64 days. The stock has gained 94.12% over the last year.

16. MSCI Inc. (MSCI): Application Software Industry. Market cap of $4.3B. Relative volume at 2.0. 5-year average ROA at 4.54% vs. industry average at 1.07%. 5-year average ROI at 5.47% vs. industry average at 1.56%. 5-year average ROE at 11.39% vs. industry average at 4.49%. Short float at 1.19%, which implies a short ratio of 1.85 days. The stock has gained 20.03% over the last year.

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Source: Top 16 Management Teams Attracting Unusual Interest