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To help you get started, we did a screen on all the stocks that UBS ranked as a "Buy" over the last 12 months.

To refine the list, we collected profitability data, and compared each company's profit margins to industry averages. We only focused on companies that have reported superior profit margins relative to their peers.

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.

List sorted alphabetically.

1. American Tower Corp. (AMT): Operates as a wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure company. On 03/15/2011, UBS had a Buy rating on the stock. TTM gross margin at 72.6% vs. industry average at 61.18%. TTM operating margin at 37.69% vs. industry average at 21.35%. TTM pretax margin at 20.71% vs. industry average at 14.67%.

2. Actuant Corporation (ATU): Actuant Corp. manufactures and markets industrial products and systems worldwide. On 06/17/2011, UBS had a Buy rating on the stock. TTM gross margin at 40.3% vs. industry average at 32.35%. TTM operating margin at 13.98% vs. industry average at 12.95%. TTM pretax margin at 11.45% vs. industry average at 11.04%.

3. Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (CBI): Provides engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) solutions, as well as process technologies for the energy infrastructure projects. On 08/30/2011, UBS had a Buy rating on the stock. TTM gross margin at 14.08% vs. industry average at 12.76%. TTM operating margin at 7.73% vs. industry average at 5.46%. TTM pretax margin at 7.94% vs. industry average at 4.46%.

4. Estee Lauder Companies Inc. (EL): Engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products worldwide. On 01/05/2011, UBS had a Buy rating on the stock. TTM gross margin at 81.76% vs. industry average at 71.37%. TTM operating margin at 14.34% vs. industry average at 13.1%. TTM pretax margin at 12.58% vs. industry average at 10.94%.

5. Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB): Operates as a diversified financial services holding company in the United States. On 11/08/2011, UBS had a Buy rating on the stock. TTM gross margin at 81.78% vs. industry average at 70.56%. TTM operating margin at 49.46% vs. industry average at 39.35%. TTM pretax margin at 26.82% vs. industry average at 22.68%.

6. Flowserve Corp. (FLS): Develops, manufactures, and sells precision engineered flow control equipment. On 09/16/2011, UBS had a Buy rating on the stock. TTM gross margin at 36.24% vs. industry average at 32.28%. TTM operating margin at 13.32% vs. industry average at 12.79%. TTM pretax margin at 12.78% vs. industry average at 10.86%.

7. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM): Provides various financial services worldwide. On 05/04/2011, UBS had a Buy rating on the stock. TTM gross margin at 80.51% vs. industry average at 63.01%. TTM operating margin at 47.5% vs. industry average at 40.09%. TTM pretax margin at 25.% vs. industry average at 19.82%.

8. Kellogg Company (K): Kellogg Company and its subsidiaries manufacture and market ready-to-eat cereal and convenience food products primarily in North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific. On 02/07/2011, UBS had a Buy rating on the stock. TTM gross margin at 44.7% vs. industry average at 32.57%. TTM operating margin at 15.2% vs. industry average at 11.89%. TTM pretax margin at 12.66% vs. industry average at 9.35%.

9. KeyCorp (KEY): Operates as a holding company for KeyBank National Association that provides various banking services in the United States. On 11/08/2011, UBS had a Buy rating on the stock. TTM gross margin at 89.27% vs. industry average at 70.56%. TTM operating margin at 43.52% vs. industry average at 39.35%. TTM pretax margin at 32.04% vs. industry average at 22.68%.

10. Lifepoint Hospitals Inc. (LPNT): Operates general acute care hospitals in non-urban communities in the United States. On 02/28/2011, UBS had a Buy rating on the stock. TTM gross margin at 29.55% vs. industry average at 21.2%. TTM operating margin at 10.54% vs. industry average at 8.51%. TTM pretax margin at 7.38% vs. industry average at 6.86%.

11. Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS): Develops, and operates various integrated resort properties primarily in the United States, Macau, and Singapore. On 03/25/2011, UBS had a Buy rating on the stock. TTM gross margin at 47.99% vs. industry average at 37.27%. TTM operating margin at 25.02% vs. industry average at 19.55%. TTM pretax margin at 21.67% vs. industry average at 17.97%.

12. Microchip Technology Inc. (MCHP): Develops and manufactures semiconductor products for various embedded control applications worldwide. On 11/04/2011, UBS had a Buy rating on the stock. TTM gross margin at 65.68% vs. industry average at 60.52%. TTM operating margin at 31.25% vs. industry average at 25.44%. TTM pretax margin at 29.98% vs. industry average at 24.65%.

13. Stryker Corp. (SYK): Operates as a medical technology company worldwide. On 02/23/2011, UBS had a Buy rating on the stock. TTM gross margin at 70.28% vs. industry average at 65.93%. TTM operating margin at 24.09% vs. industry average at 15.78%. TTM pretax margin at 20.18% vs. industry average at 12.31%.

14. Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (ZMH): Engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of orthopaedic reconstructive implants, spinal and trauma devices, dental implants, and related surgical products. On 02/23/2011, UBS had a Buy rating on the stock. TTM gross margin at 83.55% vs. industry average at 65.77%. TTM operating margin at 28.79% vs. industry average at 15.03%. TTM pretax margin at 20.36% vs. industry average at 11.63%.

*UBS ratings sourced from Yahoo Finance, profit margin comps sourced from Fidelity.

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