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The Net Profit Margin is a profitability ratio that illustrates how much of each dollar earned is converted into bottom line earnings. If a firm has a rising Net Profit Margin over an extended period, the stock should generally rise due to the direct correlation with profitability. This is one great metric to use when attempting to identify firms who are substantially increasing their profitability over time.

The Net Profit Margin (NYSE:TTM) lists the firms from highest to lowest:

1. Silver Wheaton Corporation. (SLW)

Sector

Basic Materials

Industry

Silver

Market Cap

$14,365M

Beta

1.60

The company operates through sale of silver. The firm has a Net Profit Margin [TTM] of 83.06%. SLW has gained by 23.27% in the last 3 months. The short interest was N/A as of 08/31/2011.

2. Buenaventura Mining Company In. (BVN)

Sector

Basic Materials

Industry

Gold

Market Cap

$12,180M

Beta

0.70

The company mines and processes gold and silver along other metals. The firm has a Net Profit Margin [TTM] of 58.57%. BVN has gained by 29.35% in the last 3 months. The short interest was N/A as of 08/31/2011.

3. Baidu, Inc. (BIDU)

Sector

Technology

Industry

Internet Content & Information

Market Cap

$48,269M

Beta

1.50

The company is the leading Chinese-language Internet search engine. The firm has a Net Profit Margin [TTM] of 46.51%. BIDU has gained by 8.32% in the last 3 months. The short interest was N/A as of 08/31/2011.

4. Visa, Inc. (V)

Sector

Financial Svs

Industry

Credit Services

Market Cap

$74,685M

Beta

0.65

The company operates a global electronic payments network. The firm has a Net Profit Margin [TTM] of 39.72%. V has gained by 22.11% in the last 3 months. The short interest was 1.70% as of 08/31/2011.

5. MasterCard Incorporated. (MA)

Sector

Financial Services

Industry

Credit Services

Market Cap

$43,324M

Beta

0.79

The company is a global payment solutions firm that provides various services relative to credit, debit & related payment programs. The firm has a Net Profit Margin [TTM] of 34.85%. MA has gained by 24.48% in the last 3 months. The short interest was 1.90% as of 08/31/2011.

6. Barrick Gold Corporation. (ABX)

Sector

Basic Materials

Industry

Gold

Market Cap

$53,291M

Beta

0.61

The company is the largest pure gold mining company in the world. The firm has a Net Profit Margin [TTM] of 30.68%. ABX has gained by 20.94% in the last 3 months. The short interest was N/A as of 08/31/2011.

7. Yamana Gold, Inc. (AUY)

Sector

Basic Materials

Industry

Gold

Market Cap

$12,227M

Beta

0.82

The company is an intermediate gold producer in South America. The firm has a Net Profit Margin [TTM] of 29.08%. AUY has gained by 40.79% in the last 3 months. The short interest was N/A as of 08/31/2011.

8. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (ISRG)

Sector

Healthcare

Industry

Medical Instruments & Supplies

Market Cap

$14,863M

Beta

1.79

The company sells the da Vinci robotic device, which is an advanced surgical system. The firm has a Net Profit Margin [TTM] of 27.74%. ISRG has gained by 8.07% in the last 3 months. The short interest was N/A as of 08/31/2011.

9. Google, Inc. (GOOG)

Sector

Technology

Industry

Internet Content & Information

Market Cap

$174,101M

Beta

0.91

The company is the largest is search engine in the world Google uses its proprietary algorithms to offer targeted advertising. The firm has a Net Profit Margin [TTM] of 27.05%. GOOG has gained by 9.37% in the last 3 months. The short interest was N/A as of 08/31/2011.

10. Randgold Resources, Ltd. (GOLD)

Sector

Basic Materials

Industry

Gold

Market Cap

$10,046M

Beta

0.46

The company explores for and mines gold. The firm has a Net Profit Margin [TTM] of 26.16%. GOLD has gained by 41.02% in the last 3 months. The short interest was N/A as of 08/31/2011.

We hope this helps investors as they do their own due diligence on large cap stocks.

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

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