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One way to gauge the profitability of a company is by comparing its profit margins to its industry peers – companies with higher profit margins are taking a greater percentage of revenues as profits, and they have greater control over their cost structures.

We ran a screen on stocks from the tech sector rallying above their 20-day, 50-day, and 200-day moving averages. We screened these stocks for those that are highly profitable, beating their industry peers on gross, operating, and pretax margins.

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.‬

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 companies are performing well? Use this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis.

List sorted by difference between gross margin and industry.

1. Mediware Information Systems Inc. (MEDW) develops, markets, licenses, implements, and supports clinical management and performance management information software systems and solutions in the United States and the United Kingdom. Market cap of $92.95M. The stock is currently trading at 2.14% above its 20-Day SMA, 5.46% above its 50-Day SMA, and 1.06% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 70.27% vs. industry gross margin at 45.66%. TTM operating margin at 16.10% vs. industry operating margin at 13.98%. TTM pretax margin at 16.02% vs. industry pretax margin at 11.49%. The stock has had a good month, gaining 12.65%.

2. EZchip Semiconductor Ltd. (EZCH) engages in the development and marketing of Ethernet network processors for networking equipment. Market cap of $868.10M. The stock is currently trading at 1.05% above its 20-Day SMA, 3.81% above its 50-Day SMA, and 4.98% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 78.09% vs. industry gross margin at 61.27%. TTM operating margin at 33.36% vs. industry operating margin at 26.91%. TTM pretax margin at 35.40% vs. industry pretax margin at 26.84%. The stock has gained 27.92% over the last year.

3. Intel Corporation (INTC) engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of integrated circuits for computing and communications industries worldwide. Market cap of $117.15B. The stock is currently trading at 5.36% above its 20-Day SMA, 5.66% above its 50-Day SMA, and 5.07% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 74.42% vs. industry gross margin at 61.27%. TTM operating margin at 34.39% vs. industry operating margin at 26.91%. TTM pretax margin at 34.43% vs. industry pretax margin at 26.84%. Offers a good dividend, and appears to have good liquidity to back it up--dividend yield at 3.77%, current ratio at 2.23, and quick ratio at 1.84. The stock has gained 19.95% over the last year.

4. Cerner Corporation (CERN) designs, develops, markets, installs, hosts, and supports healthcare information technology, healthcare devices, and content solutions for healthcare organizations and consumers worldwide. Market cap of $11.89B. The stock is currently trading at 3.18% above its 20-Day SMA, 9.13% above its 50-Day SMA, and 22.64% above its 200-Day SMA. TTM gross margin at 47.67% vs. industry gross margin at 45.66%. TTM operating margin at 20.12% vs. industry operating margin at 13.98%. TTM pretax margin at 20.47% vs. industry pretax margin at 11.49%. The stock is a short-squeeze candidate, with a short float at 11.96% (equivalent to 11.38 days of average volume). The stock has gained 70.53% over the last year.

Profitability data sourced from Fidelity; all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 4 Rallying Tech Stocks With Impressive Profitability