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Interested in the high-growth prospects of the clean energy industry? For a closer look at the stocks of this group, we ran a screen.

We began by creating a universe of companies that use or produce sources of clean energy and then we screened for those stocks with strong sources of profitability, as indicated by the DuPont equation.

DuPont analyzes profitability by breaking up return on equity (net income/equity) into three components:

ROE

= (Net Profit/Equity)

= (Net profit/Sales)*(Sales/Assets)*(Assets/Equity)

= (Net Profit margin)*(Asset turnover)*(Leverage ratio)

Because increases in net margin and asset turnover are considered good things, DuPont focuses on companies with these positive characteristics: Increasing ROE along with,

•Decreasing leverage, (i.e. decreasing Asset/Equity ratio)

•Improving asset use efficiency (i.e. increasing Sales/Assets ratio) and improving net profit margin (i.e. increasing Net Income/Sales ratio)

Those companies that pass DuPont are seeing positive trends in the sources of their increasing profitability, which adds further weight to the idea that these names are profitable.

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Do you think these stocks are in a strong position to move higher? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by market cap.

1. Donaldson Company, Inc. (DCI): Engages in the manufacture and sale of filtration systems and replacement parts worldwide. Market cap at $5.44B, most recent closing price at $36.54. MRQ net profit margin at 10.96% vs. 10.4% y/y. MRQ sales/assets at 0.369 vs. 0.341 y/y. MRQ assets/equity at 1.758 vs. 1.823 y/y.

2. Clean Harbors, Inc. (CLH): Provides environmental, energy, and industrial services. Market cap at $3.4B, most recent closing price at $63.88. MRQ net profit margin at 5.6% vs. 5.23% y/y. MRQ sales/assets at 0.273 vs. 0.231 y/y. MRQ assets/equity at 2.2 vs. 2.288 y/y.

3. Watts Water Technologies, Inc. (WTS): Designs, manufactures, and sells water safety and flow control products for the water quality, water conservation, water safety, and water flow control markets in North America, Europe, and China. Market cap at $1.23B, most recent closing price at $33.35. MRQ net profit margin at 4.31% vs. 3.36% y/y. MRQ sales/assets at 0.208 vs. 0.184 y/y. MRQ assets/equity at 1.83 vs. 1.889 y/y.

4. US Ecology, Inc. (ECOL): Provides waste treatment, disposal, recycling, and transportation services to commercial and government entities in the United States. Market cap at $311.07M, most recent closing price at $16.98. MRQ net profit margin at 13.69% vs. 9.55% y/y. MRQ sales/assets at 0.167 vs. 0.163 y/y. MRQ assets/equity at 1.933 vs. 2.188 y/y.

5. Oil-Dri Corp. of America (ODC): Engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of sorbent products in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $145.9M, most recent closing price at $20.32. MRQ net profit margin at 5.38% vs. 3.11% y/y. MRQ sales/assets at 0.346 vs. 0.332 y/y. MRQ assets/equity at 1.782 vs. 1.873 y/y.

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

Source: 5 Clean Energy Stocks With Strong Sources Of Profitability