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Next week is the kick-off to Q3 earnings season – do you have a watch list prepared?

For a starting point, we ran a screen on next week’s reporting companies for those with high profitability, beating their industry peers on TTM gross, operating, and pretax margins.

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.

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 report earnings surprises? Use this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis.

List sorted by difference between gross margin and industry.

1. Fastenal Co. (NASDAQ:FAST): A wholesaler and retailer of industrial and construction supplies. Market cap of $10.07B. Earnings to be announced on 10/13. TTM gross margin at 53.69% vs. industry gross margin at 36.50%. TTM operating margin at 20.10% vs. industry operating margin at 12.82%. TTM pretax margin at 20.11% vs. industry pretax margin at 13.08%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 10.53% (equivalent to 9.78 days of average volume). The stock has gained 28.46% over the last year.

2. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM): Provides various financial services worldwide. Market cap of $120.25B. Earnings to be announced on 10/13. TTM gross margin at 79.98% vs. industry gross margin at 62.35%. TTM operating margin at 47.17% vs. industry operating margin at 39.15%. TTM pretax margin at 25.37% vs. industry pretax margin at 17.66%. The stock has lost 21.02% over the last year.

3. Commerce Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH): Operates as the bank holding company for Commerce Bank, N. Market cap of $3.14B. Earnings to be announced on 10/13. TTM gross margin at 87.90% vs. industry gross margin at 71.42%. TTM operating margin at 46.87% vs. industry operating margin at 39.38%. TTM pretax margin at 32.0% vs. industry pretax margin at 22.73%. The stock has lost 3.83% over the last year.

4. Mattel Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT): Engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of various toy products worldwide. Market cap of $9.03B. Earnings to be announced on 10/14. TTM gross margin at 52.87% vs. industry gross margin at 45.66%. TTM operating margin at 15.71% vs. industry operating margin at 11.25%. TTM pretax margin at 14.29% vs. industry pretax margin at 9.17%. Offers a good dividend, and appears to have good liquidity to back it up--dividend yield at 3.49%, current ratio at 2.82, and quick ratio at 1.94. The stock has gained 18.97% over the last year.

5. Ames National Corporation (NASDAQ:ATLO): Provides commercial banking services primarily within the central Iowa counties of Boone, Marshall, Polk, and Story. Market cap of $158.75M. Earnings to be announced on 10/14. TTM gross margin at 82.32% vs. industry gross margin at 71.42%. TTM operating margin at 52.01% vs. industry operating margin at 39.38%. TTM pretax margin at 40.17% vs. industry pretax margin at 22.73%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 9.9% over the last week.

6. Citizens & Northern Corp. (NASDAQ:CZNC): Operates as the holding for Citizens & Northern Bank, which provides various banking and mortgage products and services to individual and corporate customers in north central Pennsylvania and southern New York. Market cap of $190.15M. Earnings to be announced on 10/10. TTM gross margin at 77.95% vs. industry gross margin at 71.42%. TTM operating margin at 46.30% vs. industry operating margin at 39.38%. TTM pretax margin at 35.93% vs. industry pretax margin at 22.73%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 8.08% over the last week.

7. National Bankshares Inc. (NASDAQ:NKSH): Operates as the holding company for the National Bank of Blacksburg (NYSE:NBB), a chartered national bank that provides a range of retail and commercial banking services to individuals, businesses, non-profits, and local governments in Virginia. Market cap of $180.02M. Earnings to be announced on 10/13. TTM gross margin at 76.60% vs. industry gross margin at 71.42%. TTM operating margin at 50.84% vs. industry operating margin at 39.38%. TTM pretax margin at 35.48% vs. industry pretax margin at 22.73%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 6.24% (equivalent to 31.01 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 7.46% over the last week.

8. Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI): Operates as a media and marketing solutions company in the United States and internationally. Market cap of $2.52B. Earnings to be announced on 10/10. TTM gross margin at 45.18% vs. industry gross margin at 43.05%. TTM operating margin at 19.18% vs. industry operating margin at 16.77%. TTM pretax margin at 14.61% vs. industry pretax margin at 12.67%. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.46). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 12.55% (equivalent to 5.38 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 11.16% over the last week.

*Profitability data sourced from Fidelity, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 8 Highly Profitable Companies Reporting Earnings Next Week