5 Highly Profitable Stocks Gaining Bullish Momentum

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 |  Includes: BYI, PBCT, PEG, VICR, WMT
by: Kapitall

If you’re looking to jump on the wings of a stock’s recent momentum, take a look at this list.

Here we report 5 stocks that have recently exhibited the “Golden Cross,” in which the stocks’ 50-day moving average crossed above its 200-day average, indicating bullish momentum. These stocks are also highly profitable, beating their industry averages of gross, operating, and pretax margins.



We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.



Do you think these stocks will climb higher? Use this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis.

List sorted by gross margin.

1. People's United Financial Inc. (NASDAQ:PBCT): Savings & Loans Industry. Market cap of $4.77B. SMA50 at $12.92 vs. SMA200 at $12.84 (current price at $13.30). Gross margin (TTM) at 83.76% vs. industry avg. of 55.77%. Operating margin (TTM) at 34.82% vs. industry avg. of 28.84%. Pretax margin (TTM) at 15.46% vs. industry avg. of 11.02%.

2. Bally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:BYI): Gaming Activities Industry. Market cap of $2.09B. SMA50 at $37.96 vs. SMA200 at $37.69 (current price at $39.36). Gross margin (TTM) at 71.90% vs. industry avg. of 36.87%. Operating margin (TTM) at 21.09% vs. industry avg. of 18.29%. Pretax margin (TTM) at 20.19% vs. industry avg. of 15.72%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 12.76% (equivalent to 6.89 days of average volume).

3. Vicor Corp. (NASDAQ:VICR):
Diversified Electronics Industry. Market cap of $666.81M. SMA50 at $16.02 vs. SMA200 at $15.82 (current price at $15.71). Gross margin (TTM) at 49.01% vs. industry avg. of 35.86%. Operating margin (TTM) at 12.23% vs. industry avg. of 10.32%. Pretax margin (TTM) at 12.32% vs. industry avg. of 6.88%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 9.66% (equivalent to 19.06 days of average volume). The stock has gained 35.83% over the last year.

4. Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG): Diversified Utilities Industry. Market cap of $17.11B. SMA50 at $31.75 vs. SMA200 at $31.62 (current price at $33.39). Gross margin (TTM) at 33.34% vs. industry avg. of 26.36%. Operating margin (TTM) at 24.93% vs. industry avg. of 17.75%. Pretax margin (TTM) at 22.32% vs. industry avg. of 14.87%. The stock has gained 17.19% over the last year.

5. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT): Discount, Variety Stores Industry. Market cap of $192.51B. SMA50 at $53.36 vs. SMA200 at $52.98 (current price at $54.81). Gross margin (TTM) at 27.03% vs. industry avg. of 24.88%. Operating margin (TTM) at 6.03% vs. industry avg. of 5.58%. Pretax margin (TTM) at 5.55% vs. industry avg. of 5.22%. The stock has gained 10.99% over the last year.

*Profitability data sourced from Fidelity, all other 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.