20 Highly Profitable Stocks Experiencing High Volume

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Compiled by Luis Gonzalez: All of the stocks mentioned below have seen unusually high trading volume during today's session. For each stock we'll list the Relative Volume indicator, which expresses today's volume as a multiple of the three month average daily volume. Additionally, all of these companies have been more profitable than their competitors over the last twelve months, when comparing gross and EBITD margins.

Will these companies continue to be more profitable than their industry competitors? What do you think? Perhaps more importantly, considering their track record of profitability, is most of the good news already priced into these stock prices?

Profitability data and industry comps sourced from Fidelity, relative volume, short float and performance data sourced from Finviz.

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1. Agilent Technologies Inc. (A): Scientific & Technical Instruments Industry. Market cap of $15.6B. Relative volume at 3.11. TTM Gross Margin 58.76% vs. industry average at 55.13%. TTM EBITD Margin 19.29% vs. industry average at 17.42%. TTM Pretax Margin 12.67% vs. industry average at 5.74%. Short float at 1.08%, which implies a short ratio of 1.12 days. The stock has gained 48.07% over the last year.

2. Aon Corporation (AON): Insurance Brokers Industry. Market cap of $13.78B. Relative volume at 2.43. TTM Gross Margin 21.17% vs. industry average at 15.11%. TTM EBITD Margin 21.17% vs. industry average at 12.94%. TTM Pretax Margin 12.44% vs. industry average at 9.48%. Short float at 1.51%, which implies a short ratio of 1.68 days. The stock has gained 29.34% over the last year.

3. AptarGroup, Inc. (ATR): Packaging & Containers Industry. Market cap of $3.3B. Relative volume at 2.77. TTM Gross Margin 33.61% vs. industry average at 23.26%. TTM EBITD Margin 19.31% vs. industry average at 14.2%. TTM Pretax Margin 12.25% vs. industry average at 8.16%. Short float at 0.86%, which implies a short ratio of 3.86 days. The stock has gained 32.4% over the last year.

4. Bancolombia S.A. (CIB): Foreign Regional Banks Industry. Market cap of $10.88B. Relative volume at 2.44. TTM Gross Margin 69.12% vs. industry average at 67.61%. TTM EBITD Margin 52.2% vs. industry average at 42.61%. TTM Pretax Margin 26.04% vs. industry average at 19.24%. Short float at 0.89%, which implies a short ratio of 2.63 days. The stock has gained 27.12% over the last year.

5. Cephalon Inc. (CEPH): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $4.44B. Relative volume at 3.0. TTM Gross Margin 87.92% vs. industry average at -565.71%. TTM EBITD Margin 38.79% vs. industry average at -893.19%. TTM Pretax Margin 22.01% vs. industry average at -804.64%. Short float at 17.92%, which implies a short ratio of 10.47 days. The stock has lost -10.88% over the last year.

6. Cognex Corp. (CGNX): Scientific & Technical Instruments Industry. Market cap of $1.26B. Relative volume at 3.85. TTM Gross Margin 77.65% vs. industry average at 37.3%. TTM EBITD Margin 25.63% vs. industry average at 16.62%. TTM Pretax Margin 20.84% vs. industry average at 13.69%. Short float at 1.95%, which implies a short ratio of 2.74 days. The stock has gained 63.4% over the last year.

7. Dolby Laboratories Inc. (DLB): Diversified Electronics Industry. Market cap of $5.91B. Relative volume at 2.9. TTM Gross Margin 91.64% vs. industry average at 37.29%. TTM EBITD Margin 51.72% vs. industry average at 16.62%. TTM Pretax Margin 46.78% vs. industry average at 13.68%. Short float at 4.39%, which implies a short ratio of 3.94 days. The stock has lost -0.73% over the last year.

8. Enersis S.A. (ENI): Foreign Utilities Industry. Market cap of $13.23B. Relative volume at 2.63. TTM Gross Margin 34.46% vs. industry average at 27.04%. TTM EBITD Margin 34.46% vs. industry average at 30.13%. TTM Pretax Margin 22.04% vs. industry average at 16.04%. Short float at 0.24%, which implies a short ratio of 1.01 days. The stock has lost -4.75% over the last year.

9. Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGAA (FMS): Specialized Health Services Industry. Market cap of $19.14B. Relative volume at 2.99. TTM Gross Margin 38.43% vs. industry average at 20.88%. TTM EBITD Margin 19.86% vs. industry average at 9.35%. TTM Pretax Margin 13.37% vs. industry average at 6.73%. Short float at 0.15%, which implies a short ratio of 3.31 days. The stock has gained 27.57% over the last year.

10. Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico S.A.B. de CV (PAC): Air Services, Other Industry. Market cap of $2.15B. Relative volume at 3.53. TTM Gross Margin 61.65% vs. industry average at 51.7%. TTM EBITD Margin 58.57% vs. industry average at 39.0%. TTM Pretax Margin 38.34% vs. industry average at 26.14%. Short float at 1.39%, which implies a short ratio of 7.13 days. The stock has gained 17.9% over the last year.

11. Insituform Technologies Inc. (INSU): Heavy Construction Industry. Market cap of $1.17B. Relative volume at 2.94. TTM Gross Margin 29.31% vs. industry average at 12.56%. TTM EBITD Margin 12.96% vs. industry average at 7.32%. TTM Pretax Margin 8.9% vs. industry average at 4.88%. Short float at 8.64%, which implies a short ratio of 13.37 days. The stock has gained 40.32% over the last year.

12. IPG Photonics Corporation (IPGP): Semiconductor - Integrated Circuits Industry. Market cap of $2.52B. Relative volume at 3.88. TTM Gross Margin 52.3% vs. industry average at 36.73%. TTM EBITD Margin 26.62% vs. industry average at 15.89%. TTM Pretax Margin 17.85% vs. industry average at 13.21%. Short float at 3.42%, which implies a short ratio of 3.5 days. The stock has gained 249.35% over the last year.

13. Netflix, Inc. (NFLX): Music & Video Stores Industry. Market cap of $12.94B. Relative volume at 2.63. TTM Gross Margin 52.9% vs. industry average at 35.59%. TTM EBITD Margin 28.5% vs. industry average at 12.95%. TTM Pretax Margin 12.38% vs. industry average at 8.8%. Short float at 22.14%, which implies a short ratio of 1.98 days. The stock has gained 281.67% over the last year.

14. Newcastle Investment Corp. (NCT): REIT - Diversified Industry. Market cap of $479.41M. Relative volume at 3.37. TTM Gross Margin 207.48% vs. industry average at 35.71%. TTM EBITD Margin 207.48% vs. industry average at 41.19%. TTM Pretax Margin 144.42% vs. industry average at 11.51%. Short float at 3.21%, which implies a short ratio of 2.46 days. The stock has gained 275.24% over the last year.

15. Pan American Silver Corp. (PAAS): Silver Industry. Market cap of $3.81B. Relative volume at 2.4. TTM Gross Margin 49.67% vs. industry average at -97.11%. TTM EBITD Margin 41.81% vs. industry average at -124.51%. TTM Pretax Margin 26.82% vs. industry average at -139.71%. Short float at 2.04%, which implies a short ratio of 1.41 days. The stock has gained 55.43% over the last year.

16. PDL BioPharma, Inc. (PDLI): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $762.65M. Relative volume at 2.62. TTM Gross Margin 89.41% vs. industry average at -566.51%. TTM EBITD Margin 89.41% vs. industry average at -895.06%. TTM Pretax Margin 70.53% vs. industry average at -805.38%. Short float at 8.71%, which implies a short ratio of 5.11 days. The stock has lost -6.67% over the last year.

17. Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (QCOR): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $880.95M. Relative volume at 3.76. TTM Gross Margin 92.67% vs. industry average at 69.71%. TTM EBITD Margin 50.96% vs. industry average at -52.17%. TTM Pretax Margin 50.93% vs. industry average at 1.95%. Short float at 14.63%, which implies a short ratio of 9.95 days. The stock has gained 221.32% over the last year.

18. United States Steel Corp. (X): Metal Fabrication Industry. Market cap of $8.67B. Relative volume at 2.9. TTM Gross Margin 6.42% vs. industry average at -97.11%. TTM EBITD Margin 2.91% vs. industry average at -124.51%. TTM Pretax Margin -2.22% vs. industry average at -139.71%. Short float at 16.22%, which implies a short ratio of 2.34 days. The stock has gained 18.47% over the last year.

19. Warner Chilcott plc (WCRX): Drug Manufacturers - Other Industry. Market cap of $5.99B. Relative volume at 3.23. TTM Gross Margin 85.44% vs. industry average at 69.71%. TTM EBITD Margin 45.04% vs. industry average at -52.17%. TTM Pretax Margin 8.02% vs. industry average at 1.95%. Short float at 1.48%, which implies a short ratio of 1.99 days. The stock has gained 28.27% over the last year.

20. Warren Resources Inc. (WRES): Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. Market cap of $401.51M. Relative volume at 3.47. TTM Gross Margin 66.52% vs. industry average at 36.52%. TTM EBITD Margin 49.78% vs. industry average at 30.71%. TTM Pretax Margin 23.1% vs. industry average at 15.87%. Short float at 2.52%, which implies a short ratio of 2.79 days. The stock has gained 140% over the last year.



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