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Below is a list of five winners over the last month you may wish to consider for your portfolios that have been steadily climbing, all for different reasons. Some of them have been carving out new 52-week highs recently. I have also included a "dog" of a stock you may wish to avoid altogether.

1. Macy's Inc. (NYSE:M) RSI: 77.68

Macy's describes itself as one of the nation's premier retailers with its brand including about 810 Macy's department stores and furniture galleries in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Its Bloomingdale's brand is said to include 41 department stores and home stores in 12 states and four Bloomingdale's outlet stores in three states. It also operates in Dubai under a lease agreement with Al Tayer Group LLC. The company's workforce includes approximately 166,000 employees.

The company currently has 419.82M shares out and its stock trades around $35.50, giving it a market cap of roughly $14.87B. The stock's three month average daily trading volume is 7.38M. Institutional ownership stands at about 90% and, as of 12/30/11, the total short interest was 12.63M shares. Its levered free cash flow is $1.53B.

Consensus 12-Month Price Target: $38.5

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2. DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV) RSI: 71.56

DeVry's self-described purpose is to empower its students to achieve their educational and career goals. It claims to be a global provider of educational services and the parent organization of Advanced Academics, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Carrington College, Carrington CollegeCalifornia, Chamberlain College of Nursing, DeVry Brasil, DeVryUniversity, and Ross University Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Its institutions claim to offer a wide array of programs in business, healthcare and technology.

The company currently has 67.28M shares out and its stock trades around $40.50, giving it a market cap of roughly $2.73B. The stock's three month average daily trading volume is 919k. Institutional ownership stands at about 82% and, as of 12/30/11, the total short interest was 1.01M shares. Its levered free cash flow is $202.37M.

Consensus 12-Month Price Target: $48.5

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3. Benchmark Electronics Inc. (NYSE:BHE) RSI: 83.48

The company's stated mission is to be the solutions provider of choice for its high technology OEM customers, anticipating their needs and rapidly delivering comprehensive value-creation solutions during the entire product life cycle by providing innovative design engineering services, optimized global supply chain & logistics solutions and world-class manufacturing and after-market support.

The company currently has 57.76M shares out and its stock trades around $16.50, giving it a market cap of roughly $963.49M. The stock's three month average daily trading volume is 327k. Institutional ownership stands at about 99% and, as of 12/30/11, the total short interest was 3.41M shares. Its levered free cash flow is -$54.75M.

Consensus 12-Month Price Target: $16

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4. DaVita Inc. (NYSE:DVA) RSI: 85.03

The company describes itself as a leading provider of kidney care in the U.S. that delivers dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. It claims to strive to improve patients' quality of life by innovating clinical care, and by offering integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams and convenient health-management services. As of September 30, 2011 it was said to have operated or provided administrative services at 1,777 dialysis facilities, serving approximately 138,000 patients.

DaVita currently has 93.50M shares out and its stock trades around $79.75, giving it a market cap of roughly $7.46B. The stock's three month average daily trading volume is 798k. Institutional ownership stands at about 98% and, as of 12/30/11, the total short interest was 1.67M shares. Its levered free cash flow is $478.95M.

Consensus 12-Month Price Target: $89

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5. Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) RSI: 54.54

Visa describes itself as a global payments technology company that enables consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments to use digital currency instead of cash and checks.

The company currently has 812.95M shares out and its stock trades around $100, giving it a market cap of roughly $81.38B. The stock's three month average daily trading volume is 4.08M. Institutional ownership stands at about 82% and, as of 12/30/11, the total short interest was 6.73M shares. Its levered free cash flow is $2.33B.

Consensus 12-Month Price Target: $111

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Dog to Avoid: Dominion Resources Inc. (NYSE:D) RSI: 15.93

Dominion describes itself as one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, claiming to have a portfolio of approximately 28,200 megawatts of generation, 11,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,300 miles of electric transmission lines. It states that it operates the nation's largest natural gas storage system with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 15 states.

The company currently has 469.61 shares out and its stock trades around $50, giving it a market cap of roughly $28.52B. The stock's three month average daily trading volume is 2.62M. Institutional ownership stands at about 58% and, as of 12/30/11, the total short interest was 5.4M shares. Its levered free cash flow is -$669.75M.

Consensus 12-Month Price Target: $52

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As always, you should dig deeper and perform your own due-diligence prior to making any investment decisions on the above names.

Source: 5 Steadily Climbing Winners And A Dog To Avoid