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For a look into the tech sector, here are some interesting ideas.

We ran a screen on the tech sector for the highest growth stocks, with five-year projected EPS growth above 20%. We then screened these high-growth tech companies for those with the strongest 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 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.

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Do you think these stocks will capitalize on their company profitability? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by difference between gross margin and industry average.

1. Bally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:BYI): Designs, manufactures, operates and distributes advanced technology-based gaming devices, systems and server-based solutions worldwide. Market cap of $1.57B. Analyst projected EPS growth over the next 5 years at 22.10%. TTM gross margin at 68.07% vs. industry gross margin at 36.12%. TTM operating margin at 19.80% vs. industry operating margin at 18.95%. TTM pretax margin at 18.12% vs. industry pretax margin at 17.99%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 7.74% (equivalent to 5.24 days of average volume). The stock has lost 5.59% over the last year.

2. CEVA Inc. (NASDAQ:CEVA): Engages in designing and licensing silicon intellectual property (SIP) for the handsets, portable multimedia and consumer electronics markets. Market cap of $719.78M. Analyst projected EPS growth over the next 5 years at 29.59%. TTM gross margin at 94.10% vs. industry gross margin at 59.57%. TTM operating margin at 30.36% vs. industry operating margin at 25.01%. TTM pretax margin at 34.81% vs. industry pretax margin at 24.46%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 14.85% (equivalent to 14.88 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 14.66%.

3. Trimble Navigation Limited (NASDAQ:TRMB): Provides positioning products worldwide. Market cap of $5.31B. Analyst projected EPS growth over the next 5 years at 22.43%. TTM gross margin at 54.16% vs. industry gross margin at 36.47%. TTM operating margin at 11.07% vs. industry operating margin at 9.65%. TTM pretax margin at 10.35% vs. industry pretax margin at 9.58%. The stock has had a good month, gaining 14.81%.

4. Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ:APKT): Provides session delivery network solutions that enable the delivery of interactive communications, such as voice, video and multimedia sessions; and data services across internet protocol (IP) network borders. Market cap of $2.66B. Analyst projected EPS growth over the next 5 years at 26.76%. TTM gross margin at 86.19% vs. industry gross margin at 59.80%. TTM operating margin at 26.93% vs. industry operating margin at 16.95%. TTM pretax margin at 26.71% vs. industry pretax margin at 17.72%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 7.08% over the last week.

5. F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV): Provides technology that optimizes the delivery of network-based applications and the security, performance and availability of servers, data storage devices and other network resources in the Americas, EMEA, Japan and the Asia Pacific region. Market cap of $8.92B. Analyst projected EPS growth over the next 5 years at 21.52%. TTM gross margin at 83.75% vs. industry gross margin at 59.69%. TTM operating margin at 30.44% vs. industry operating margin at 17.08%. TTM pretax margin at 31.32% vs. industry pretax margin at 17.93%. Exhibiting strong upside momentum - currently trading 7.77% above its SMA20, 23.5% above its SMA50, and 11.77% above its SMA200. The stock has had a good month, gaining 24.81%.

6. OYO Geospace Corp. (OYOG): Engages in designing and manufacturing instruments and equipments used in the acquisition and processing of seismic data, and in the characterization and monitoring of producing oil and gas reservoirs. Market cap of $539.18M. Analyst projected EPS growth over the next 5 years at 37.0%. TTM gross margin at 46.93% vs. industry gross margin at 34.51%. TTM operating margin at 25.97% vs. industry operating margin at 18.02%. TTM pretax margin at 26.04% vs. industry pretax margin at 16.02%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 8.03% over the last week.

7. EZchip Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ:EZCH): Engages in the development and marketing of Ethernet network processors for networking equipment. Market cap of $851.18M. Analyst projected EPS growth over the next 5 years at 36.97%. TTM gross margin at 77.72% vs. industry gross margin at 59.57%. TTM operating margin at 33.61% vs. industry operating margin at 25.01%. TTM pretax margin at 35.83% vs. industry pretax margin at 24.46%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.72% over the last week.

8. Zix Corporation (NASDAQ:ZIXI): Provides Internet-based applications in software as a service model that enables the use of secure email for sensitive information exchange primarily in the healthcare, financial services, insurance and government sectors in the United States. Market cap of $179.52M. Analyst projected EPS growth over the next 5 years at 20.63%. TTM gross margin at 84.59% vs. industry gross margin at 68.88%. TTM operating margin at 25.23% vs. industry operating margin at 25.0%. TTM pretax margin at 25.45% vs. industry pretax margin at 17.03%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 8.82% (equivalent to 10.13 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.67% over the last week.

9. Rofin-Sinar Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:RSTI): Designs, develops, engineers, makes and markets industrial lasers and supplies used for material-processing applications worldwide. Market cap of $642.0M. Analyst projected EPS growth over the next 5 years at 23.25%. TTM gross margin at 40.02% vs. industry gross margin at 36.29%. TTM operating margin at 14.0% vs. industry operating margin at 9.41%. TTM pretax margin at 14.58% vs. industry pretax margin at 9.07%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 9.2% over the last week.

*Data from 11/15. Profitability data sourced from Fidelity, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 9 High-Growth Tech Stocks With Strong Profitability