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Do you consider a company's sales trends when evaluating stocks? For ideas on how to start your own sales analysis, we ran a screen you may be interested in.

We began by screening for stocks trading under $5 that have outperformed the market over the last quarter, with quarterly performance above 20%.

We then screened for those stocks with strong sales trends, comparing growth in revenue to growth in accounts receivable. Since accounts receivable is the portion of revenue not yet received, and there is no guarantee the money will ever be received, the smaller the portion of revenue made up of receivables the healthier the company's revenue.

We screened for stocks seeing faster growth in revenue than accounts receivable year-over-year, as well as accounts receivable comprising a smaller portion of current assets over the same time period.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in market cap over the last two years for the stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.

Do you think these companies have strong sales trends? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by increase in revenue over the last year.

1. Builders FirstSource, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLDR): Engages in the manufacture and supply of structural and related building products for residential new construction primarily in the southern and eastern United States. Market cap at $388.49M, most recent closing price at $4.0. Performance over the last quarter at 28.39%. Revenue grew by 34.74% during the most recent quarter ($219.39M vs. $162.83M y/y). Accounts receivable grew by 30.72% during the same time period ($93.74M vs. $71.71M y/y). Receivables, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 31.19% to 28.62% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-03-31 to 3 months ending 2011-03-31).

2. Dreams Inc. (NYSEMKT:DRJ): Engages in the manufacturing, distributing, retailing, and selling sports licensed products, memorabilia, and acrylic display cases through various channels, including Internet, brick and mortar, catalogue, kiosks, and trade shows in North America. Market cap at $153.18M, most recent closing price at $3.42. Performance over the last quarter at 51.33%. Revenue grew by 23.89% during the most recent quarter ($75.15M vs. $60.66M y/y). Accounts receivable grew by 18.38% during the same time period ($11.72M vs. $9.9M y/y). Receivables, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 21.31% to 18.68% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2011-12-31 to 3 months ending 2010-12-31).

3. Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA): Manufactures and markets a range of water infrastructure, flow control, and piping component system products for use in water distribution networks and water treatment facilities in the United States and Canada. Market cap at $579.09M, most recent closing price at $3.61. Performance over the last quarter at 26.90%. Revenue grew by 6.79% during the most recent quarter ($251.5M vs. $235.5M y/y). Accounts receivable grew by -25.25% during the same time period ($151M vs. $202M y/y). Receivables, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 32.98% to 25.2% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-03-31 to 3 months ending 2011-03-31).

4. XOMA Corporation (NASDAQ:XOMA): Engages in the discovery, development, and manufacture of therapeutic antibodies to treat inflammatory, autoimmune, infectious, and oncological diseases. Market cap at $211.02M, most recent closing price at $2.91. Performance over the last quarter at 72.78%. Revenue grew by 2.6% during the most recent quarter ($9.85M vs. $9.6M y/y). Accounts receivable grew by -40.89% during the same time period ($12.33M vs. $20.86M y/y). Receivables, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 35.43% to 19.67% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2011-12-31 to 3 months ending 2010-12-31).

*Accounting data sourced from Google Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 4 Outperforming Small Caps Under $5 With Strong Receivable Trends