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Looking for stocks with recent technical momentum to the upside?

One interesting indicator is the “golden cross,” in which a stock’s 50-day moving average crosses above it’s 200-day moving average, indicating recent upside momentum.

Using this signal, we created a list of stocks that recently exhibited this upward trend and that also have impressive profitability, 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’ profitability will push them even higher? Use this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis.

List sorted by difference between gross margin and industry.

1. One Liberty Properties Inc. (NYSE:OLP): Engages in the acquisition, ownership, and management of commercial real estate properties in the United States. Market cap of $224.16M. SMA50 at $14.98, SMA200 at $14.85 (current price at $15.47). TTM gross margin at 56.70% vs. industry gross margin at 38.37%. TTM operating margin at 56.70% vs. industry operating margin at 37.54%. TTM pretax margin at 24.64% vs. industry pretax margin at 13.93%. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.01). The stock has gained 0.98% over the last year.

2. Air Methods Corp. (NASDAQ:AIRM): Provides air medical emergency transport services and systems in the United States. Market cap of $992.59M. SMA50 at $65.02, SMA200 at $64.43 (current price at $78.28). TTM gross margin at 30.01% vs. industry gross margin at 21.16%. TTM operating margin at 12.83% vs. industry operating margin at 8.52%. TTM pretax margin at 12.99% vs. industry pretax margin at 6.98%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 13.36% (equivalent to 15.12 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 30.47%.

3. LKQ Corp. (LKQX): Provides replacement parts, components, and parts needed to repair vehicles, primarily cars and trucks in the United States and Canada. Market cap of $4.04B. SMA50 at $25.16, SMA200 at $24.83 (current price at $27.57). TTM gross margin at 43.10% vs. industry gross margin at 32.62%. TTM operating margin at 11.56% vs. industry operating margin at 7.17%. TTM pretax margin at 10.48% vs. industry pretax margin at 6.65%. The stock has had a good month, gaining 12.67%.

4. Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE:JWN): A fashion specialty retailer, offers apparel, shoes, cosmetics, and accessories for women, men, and children in the United States. Market cap of $10.75B. SMA50 at $45.46, SMA200 at $45.08 (current price at $50.58). TTM gross margin at 42.79% vs. industry gross margin at 35.06%. TTM operating margin at 11.93% vs. industry operating margin at 8.28%. TTM pretax margin at 10.69% vs. industry pretax margin at 7.0%. The stock has gained 42.92% over the last year.

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

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