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Chicago, IL - January 27, 2017 - Stocks in this week's article include Rogers Corp. (NYSE: ROG - Free Report ), Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC - Free Report ), II-VI Inc. (NASDAQ: IIVI - Free Report ), Methanex Corp. (NASDAQ: MEOH - Free Report ) and Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ: TCX - Free Report ).

Screen of the Week of Zacks Investment Research:

5 Leading Stocks with Notable Relative Price Strength

Whether a stock has the potential to offer considerable returns is determined primarily by its earnings and valuation ratios. Simultaneously, it is important to check whether its price performance exceeds its peers or the industry average.

On such comparison, if we find that a stock is unable to match up to wider sectoral growth despite having impressive earnings momentum or valuation multiples, it may be better to avoid it.

However, those outperforming their respective industries or benchmarks should be included in your portfolio, since they have a higher chance of securing significant returns. Picking a stock that outperforms its peers ensures that you have a winning option on your hands.

Then again, it is imperative that you determine whether or not an investment has relevant upside potential when considering stocks with significant relative price strength. Stocks delivering better than the S&P 500 over a period of 1 to 3 months at the least and having solid fundamentals indicate room for growth, and are the best ways to go about this strategy.

Finally, it is important to find out whether analysts are optimistic about the upcoming earnings results of these companies. In order to do this, we have added positive estimate revisions for the current quarter's (Q1) earnings to our screen. When a stock undergoes an upward revision, it leads to additional price gains.

Screening Parameters

Relative % Price change - 12 weeks greater than 0

Relative % Price change - 4 weeks greater than 0

Relative % Price change - 1 week greater than 0

(We have considered those stocks that have been outperforming the S&P 500 over the last 12 weeks, 4 weeks and 1 week.)

% Change (Q1) Est. over 4 Weeks greater than 0: Positive current quarter estimate revisions over the last four weeks.

Zacks Rank equal to 1: Only Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stocks - that have returned more than 26% annually over the last 26 years and surpassed the S&P 500 in 23 of the last 26 years - can get through. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .

Current Price greater than or equal to $5 and Average 20-day Volume greater than or equal to 50,000: A minimum price of $5 is a good standard to screen low-priced stocks, while a high trading volume would imply adequate liquidity.

VGM Scoreless than or equal to B: Our research shows that stocks with a VGM Score of 'A' or 'B' when combined with a Zacks Rank #1 or #2 (Buy) offer the best upside potential.

Here are five of the 11 stocks that made it through the screen:

Rogers Corp. (NYSE: ROG - Free Report ) : Headquartered in Rogers, CT, Rogers Corp. is a producer of advanced specialty polymer composite materials and components that are adopted by leading-edge applications around the world. The company has a VGM score of "A" and an excellent earnings surprise history. It surpassed estimates in each of the last four quarters at an average rate of 37.24%.

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC - Free Report ) : One of the largest hard disk drive producers in the U.S., Irvine, CA-based Western Digital has a VGM score of "A". Over the past 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal years 2017 and 2018 increased 6% and 11%, to $5.75 and $6.94 per share, respectively.

II-VI Inc. (NASDAQ: IIVI - Free Report ) : II-VI's operations encompass the engineered material and opto-electronic industries. Headquartered in Saxonburg, PA, the company is involved in the manufacture of infrared laser optical elements, apart from near-infrared and military infrared optical components. The company has a VGM score of "B" and handily outperformed earnings estimates in each of the last four reported quarters.

Methanex Corp. (NASDAQ: MEOH - Free Report ) : Methanex is the world's largest supplier of methanol to North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America. Sporting a VGM score of "B", this Vancouver, BC headquartered company's expected EPS growth rate for 3 to 5 years currently stands at 15% -- comparing favorably with the industry growth rate of 9.70%.

Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ: TCX - Free Report ) : Headquartered in Toronto, ON, Tucows is a leading domain name registrar and network service operator that ensures end-users' establishment and maintenance of online presence. The 2016 Zacks Consensus Estimate for this company is $1.64, representing a healthy 64% growth over 2015. This year's average forecast is $2.04, pointing to 24% growth. Teck Resources has a VGM score of "A".

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