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Interested in the tech sector but don't know where to start? Here are some ideas you may find interesting.

We ran a screen on the tech sector for stocks exhibiting the "golden cross," in which a stock's 50-day moving average crosses above its 200-day MA, indicating recent upside momentum that may persist.

We then screened these stocks for those with big 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 stocks will continue rising? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by difference between gross margin and industry average.

1. Coherent Inc. (NASDAQ:COHR): Provides photonics-based solutions for commercial and scientific research applications worldwide. Market cap of $1.33B. SMA50 at $51.81 vs. SMA200 at $50.92 (current price at $56.52). TTM gross margin at 46.33% vs. industry gross margin at 35.99%. TTM operating margin at 14.10% vs. industry operating margin at 9.41%. TTM pretax margin at 15.42% vs. industry pretax margin at 10.70%. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 7.71% over the last week.

2. MTS Systems Corp. (NASDAQ:MTSC): Supplies test systems and industrial position sensors in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Market cap of $684.57M. SMA50 at $39.22 vs. SMA200 at $38.39 (current price at $43.99). TTM gross margin at 45.98% vs. industry gross margin at 35.96%. TTM operating margin at 15.66% vs. industry operating margin at 9.40%. TTM pretax margin at 15.68% vs. industry pretax margin at 10.66%. The stock has had a good month, gaining 10.82%.

3. Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX): Designs, develops, and markets programmable platforms in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and Japan. Market cap of $8.66B. SMA50 at $32.17 vs. SMA200 at $32.00 (current price at $33.35). TTM gross margin at 66.92% vs. industry gross margin at 61.78%. TTM operating margin at 31.03% vs. industry operating margin at 26.73%. TTM pretax margin at 29.06% vs. industry pretax margin at 26.17%. The stock has gained 9.2% over the last year.

4. Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP): Develops and manufactures semiconductor products for various embedded control applications worldwide. Market cap of $6.81B. SMA50 at $35.18 vs. SMA200 at $34.91 (current price at $36.17). TTM gross margin at 65.68% vs. industry gross margin at 61.78%. TTM operating margin at 31.25% vs. industry operating margin at 26.73%. TTM pretax margin at 29.98% vs. industry pretax margin at 26.17%. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 10.52% (equivalent to 9.19 days of average volume). The stock has gained 1.8% over the last year.

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

Source: 4 Golden Cross Tech Stocks With Impressive Profitability