PetSmart, True Religion and Other Top Nasdaq Performers in May
Here's a quick look at some of the top performing Nasdaq stocks in May. These stocks all have a market cap of more than $500 million and they all pay a dividend.
OPNET Technologies (NASDAQ: OPNT) is almost 30% lower year to date, but up more than 10% in the past month. The Bethesda, Md.-based software company beat fiscal fourth-quarter EPS expectations in mid May, sending shares higher. It has a $578.4 million market cap and a dividend yield of 2.3%. The long-term EPS growth forecast is 16.7%. But the stock has underperformed the likes of CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) and Compuware (NASDAQ: CPWR) over the past six months.
PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) shares are trading more than 26% higher year to date, including up more than 10% in the past month. It reached a multiyear high following the recent first-quarter report. The $7.0 billion specialty retailer has a dividend yield is 0.9%. Its long-term EPS growth forecast is 16.1% and its return on equity is 27.9%. The stock has outperformed Walmart (NYSE: PCLN) and the broader markets since the beginning of the year.
Raven Industries (NASDAQ: RAVN) is up more than 9% in the past month and more than 21% in the past six months. The industrial products maker said in May it beat top line and bottom line estimates and its board approved a stock split. The company is based in Sioux Falls, S.D., and has a market cap of $1.2 billion. Its dividend yield is 1.3% and the return on equity is 30.7%. Because of the recent surge, the stock has outperformed the broader markets over the past six months.
Royal Gold (NASDAQ: RGLD) is trading almost 11% higher than a month ago. Early in May, the Denver-based precious metals royalties company posted its fifth-consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth. The $4.0 billion market cap company has a dividend yield of 0.9% and its long-term EPS growth forecast is 10.0%. Because of the recent rise in the share price, the stock has narrowly outperformed the broader markets over the past three months.
Spreadtrum Communications (NASDAQ: SPRD) is up about 31% in the past month, but still more than 12% lower year to date. This $829.4 million market cap semiconductor maker posted strong first-quarter results early in May. It has a dividend yield of 2.2%, the long-term EPS growth forecast is 17.5% and the return on equity is 48.9%. The stock has outperformed competitors Intel (NASDAQ: RBCN) and Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN) over the past three months.
True Religion Apparel (NASDAQ: TRLG) is more than 12% higher than 90 days ago, but it still has a long way to go to rebound from the plunge in February following an earnings miss. The California-based jeans and sportswear maker has a dividend yield of 2.7% and a long-term EPS growth forecast of 20.0%. Its operating margin is higher than the industry average. The stock has underperformed competitor VF Corp. (NYSE: VFC) and the broader markets over the past six months.
United Fire & Casualty (NASDAQ: UFCS) is about 22% higher than a month ago and trading near a 52-week high. Shares of this Cedar Rapids-based insurer surged after it also posted strong first-quarter results. It has a market cap of $535.9 million and a dividend yield of 2.8%. But its P/E and PEG ratios are higher than the industry average. Over the past six months, the stock has underperformed larger competitors AIG (NYSE: AIG) and Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV).
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