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If you're a momentum investor looking for new ideas, the following list might interest you.

Here is a group of stocks that have reached new 52-week highs during recent sessions, and have experiencing significant inflows from institutional investors.

All of the companies in this list have the following characteristics:
- Market cap above $300M
- Reaching new 52-week high during recent trading sessions
- And experienced net institutional buying over the last two quarters



Taking this information into account, which of these stocks do you think has the most strength to continue the upward momentum?

1. Express Inc. (NYSE:EXPR): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $1.71B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 52.0M shares during the current quarter and 3.4M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 83.64% of the float.



2. Yanzhou Coal Mining Co. Ltd. (NYSE:YZC): Industrial Metals & Minerals Industry. Market cap of $28.45B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 162.3M shares during the current quarter and 1.5M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 71.49% of the float. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.38).



3. Financial Engines, Inc. (NASDAQ:FNGN): Diversified Investments Industry. Market cap of $1.24B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 10.9M shares during the current quarter and 5.3M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 37.19% of the float.



4. Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. (NYSE:VSI): Specialty Retail Industry. Market cap of $1.01B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 6.2M shares during the current quarter and 1.0M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 32.29% of the float. The stock has gained 57.81% over the last year.



5. Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE:MCP): Industrial Metals & Minerals Industry. Market cap of $5.11B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 3.0M shares during the current quarter and 20.3M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 31.85% of the float. The stock has had a good month, gaining 24.69%.

6. Energy XXI Limited (NASDAQ:EXXI): Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. Market cap of $2.43B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 18.5M shares during the current quarter and 3.8M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 30.58% of the float. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.29).

7. Regency Energy Partners LP (RGNC): Oil & Gas Pipelines Industry. Market cap of $3.79B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 12.3M shares during the current quarter and 8.0M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 21.36% of the float. The stock has gained 31.13% over the last year.

8. MAKO Surgical Corp. (NASDAQ:MAKO)
: Medical Appliances & Equipment Industry. Market cap of $1.06B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 6.0M shares during the current quarter and 883.6K shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 18.08% of the float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 17.67% (equivalent to 10.83 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 21.27% over the last week.



9. Capital Product Partners L.P. (NASDAQ:CPLP): Shipping Industry. Market cap of $417.45M. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 2.5M shares during the current quarter and 2.1M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 17.27% of the float. The stock has had a good month, gaining 13.17%.

10. The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG): Long-Term Care Facilities Industry. Market cap of $709.53M. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 1.4M shares during the current quarter and 1.1M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 16.71% of the float. Relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.75), which may be appealing to risk averse investors. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.34% over the last week.

11. Cinemark Holdings Inc. (NYSE:CNK): Movie Production, Theaters Industry. Market cap of $2.37B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 12.7M shares during the current quarter and 2.3M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 15.82% of the float. Offers a good dividend, and appears to have good liquidity to back it up--dividend yield at 4.04%, current ratio at 2.12, and quick ratio at 2.08. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 8.39% over the last week.

12. Destination Maternity Corporation (NASDAQ:DEST): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $310.22M. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 1.4M shares during the current quarter and 217.2K shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 15.21% of the float. Might be undervalued at current levels, with a PEG ratio at 0.74, and P/FCF ratio at 11.22.

13. Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAZZ): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $1.34B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 3.0M shares during the current quarter and 2.5M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 14.41% of the float. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.46).

14. Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE:WPZ): Specialty Chemicals Industry. Market cap of $15.16B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 5.8M shares during the current quarter and 4.5M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 13.73% of the float. The stock has gained 34.76% over the last year.

15. Primoris Services Corporation (NASDAQ:PRIM):
Heavy Construction Industry. Market cap of $550.86M. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 2.0M shares during the current quarter and 1.0M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 13.16% of the float.

16. Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA): Personal Services Industry. Market cap of $3.02B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 2.3M shares during the current quarter and 2.6M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 10.46% of the float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 11.61% (equivalent to 9.26 days of average volume).

17. Dice Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DHX):
Staffing & Outsourcing Services Industry. Market cap of $1.02B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 2.7M shares during the current quarter and 701.4K shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 10.14% of the float.

18. Electronic Arts Inc. (ERTS): Multimedia & Graphics Software Industry. Market cap of $6.77B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 19.7M shares during the current quarter and 9.5M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 8.77% of the float. The stock has gained 5.52% over the last year.

19. CNO Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CNO): Accident & Health Insurance Industry. Market cap of $2.0B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 2.3M shares during the current quarter and 19.0M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 8.64% of the float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 8.09% (equivalent to 10. days of average volume).

20. PMFG, Inc. (NASDAQ:PMFG): Diversified Machinery Industry. Market cap of $415.89M. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 905.4K shares during the current quarter and 309.3K shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 8.57% of the float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 5.26% (equivalent to 22.43 days of average volume).

21. DexCom, Inc. (NASDAQ:DXCM): Medical Instruments & Supplies Industry. Market cap of $1.03B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 4.5M shares during the current quarter and 672.5K shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 8.56% of the float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 6.83% (equivalent to 10.55 days of average volume).

22. Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CAR):
Rental & Leasing Services Industry. Market cap of $1.94B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 6.2M shares during the current quarter and 215.8K shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 6.68% of the float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 15.66% (equivalent to 8.62 days of average volume).

23. Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR): Home Furnishing Stores Industry. Market cap of $1.24B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 2.0M shares during the current quarter and 4.6M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 6.64% of the float. The stock has had a good month, gaining 11.65%.

24. Retail Ventures Inc. (NYSE:RVI): Specialty Retail, Other Industry. Market cap of $944.20M. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 1.3M shares during the current quarter and 280.0K shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 6.44% of the float. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.74).

25. Cadence Design Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CDNS): Technical & System Software Industry. Market cap of $2.73B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 11.7M shares during the current quarter and 5.2M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 6.34% of the float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 7.04% (equivalent to 6.06 days of average volume). The stock has gained 49.71% over the last year.

26. Magellan Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:MMP): Oil & Gas Pipelines Industry. Market cap of $6.79B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 2.0M shares during the current quarter and 4.9M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 6.14% of the float. The stock has gained 32.8% over the last year.

27. Pengrowth Energy Corporation (NYSE:PGH): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $4.65B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 2.9M shares during the current quarter and 16.6M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 6.05% of the float.

28. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. (MRX): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $2.08B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 124.1K shares during the current quarter and 3.3M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 5.74% of the float.

29. Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. (NASDAQ:MPEL): Resorts & Casinos Industry. Market cap of $4.41B. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 10.9M shares during the current quarter and 8.8M shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 5.57% of the float. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 7.57% over the last week.

30. Endeavour Silver Corp. (NYSE:EXK): Silver Industry. Market cap of $814.67M. On a net basis, institutional investors purchased 3.6M shares during the current quarter and 770.2K shares during the previous quarter. These flows represent 5.48% of the float.

*Institutional flows sourced from Fidelity, other relevant data sourced from Finviz.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

Source: 30 Stocks Boosted by Big Money Managers, Reaching New Highs