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Zacks.com featured highlights: Glaukos, Daqo New Energy, Calavo Growers and Sucampo Pharmaceuticals

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Chicago, IL – January 17, 2017 - Stocks in this week’s article includeGlaukos Corporation (NYSE: GKOS – Free Report ), Daqo New Energy Corp. (NYSE: DQ – Free Report ), Calavo Growers, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVGW – Free Report ) and Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCMP – Free Report ).

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A company with strong profitability is not only successful in meeting all its operating and non-operating expenses but also in providing attractive returns to its investors. Although a profitable company with weak fundamentals may fail to meet its investors’ needs, multiple studies have shown that a company with solid profitability is a good investment option.

Here, we have used ratio analysis to evaluate the profitability of a company. There are mainly three key profitability ratios, namely gross income ratio, operating income ratio and net income ratio. We have selected net income ratio which is the most useful and effective.

Net Income Ratio

Net income ratio gives us the exact profitability level of a company. It reflects the percentage of net income to total sales revenue. Using net income ratio one can determine a company’s effectiveness to pay for its operating and non-operating expenses from its sales revenue. A higher net income ratio usually implies a company’s ability to generate ample sales revenue and successfully manage all its business functions.

Screening Parameters

Net income ratio is not the only indicator of future winners. So we have added a few more criteria to arrive at a winning strategy.

Zacks Rank equal to #1: Only Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stocks are allowed. With the Zacks Rank proving itself to be one of the best rating systems out there, this is a great way to start things off. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .

12-Month Trailing Sales and Net Income Growth Higher than X Industry: Stocks that possess higher sales and net income growth in the last 12 months showcase better financial performance.

12-Month Trailing Net Income Ratio Higher than X Industry: High net income ratio indicates a company’s solid profitability.

% Rating Strong Buy greater than 70%: This indicates that 70% of the analysts covering these stocks are optimistic.

Here are four of the six stocks that qualified the screening:

Glaukos Corporation (NYSE:GKOS – Free Report ) is an ophthalmic medical technology company. Glaukos develops, manufactures and markets medical devices for the treatment of glaucoma. It has an average four-quarter earnings surprise of nearly 200%.

Daqo New Energy Corp. (NYSE:DQ – Free Report ) is engaged in the manufacture and sale of high-quality polysilicon to photovoltaic product manufacturers. It has an average four-quarter earnings surprise of more than 100%.

Calavo Growers, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVGW – Free Report ) engages in the procurement and marketing of avocados and other perishable foods along with the preparation and distribution of processed avocado products. It has an average four-quarter earnings surprise of 11.8%.

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCMP – Free Report ) is an emerging pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of proprietary drugs based on prostones. It has an average four-quarter earnings surprise of 35.6%.

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