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Zacks.com featured highlights: VIVUS, Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Qumu, MiX Telematics and Aerohive Networks

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Chicago, IL – June 06, 2017 - Stocks in this week’s article include VIVUS, Inc. (NASDAQ: VVUS Free Report ), Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAUC Free Report ), Qumu Corporation (NASDAQ: QUMU Free Report ), MiX Telematics Limited (NYSE: MIXT Free Report ) and Aerohive Networks, Inc. (NYSE: HIVE Free Report ).

Screen of the Week of Zacks Investment Research:

5 Breakout Stocks Offering Stupendous Returns

Among the favorite methods for those utilizing an active investing approach, zeroing in on breakout stocks offers the promise of above-average returns. The process involves identifying those stocks whose prices are fluctuating within a narrow band. If the price of the stock falls below this channel, it could be the best time to sell of this stock. However, the best time to buy a stock as per this strategy is when it is about to break above this trading band. Such stocks offer the prospect of impressive gains.

Spotting a Breakout Stock

The first step to selecting the right breakout stock is to calculate its support and resistance level. A support level is the lower bound for stock movement while a resistance level refers to the maximum price which it trades within over a considerable period.

In other words, demand for a stock is at its lowest at its support level, which means most traders are willing to sell it. At the resistance level, most traders are willing to go long on the stock, which means that they would like to add them to their portfolios. The key to identifying breakout stocks is to zero in on those that are on the verge of a breakout or those that have just broken above the resistance level.

Verifying Whether it’s For Real

Stocks that have breached their resistance levels should ideally be in high demand among traders. But the test of whether this is a genuine breakout is when they go on to attain higher prices and the old barrier becomes a new support. This is why it is important to determine whether a long-term price trend is about to emerge.

Only a study of long-term trends can determine whether the existing trading channel has been breached effectively. This indicates the strength of the support or resistance levels. If you can identify the effective channel for a stock, picking it even at a not-so-reasonable price would give you significant returns.

Screening Parameters

Percentage price change over four weeks between 10% and 20% (Stocks which are showing considerable price increases, but whose gains are not excessive.)

Current Price /52-Week High greater than or equal to 0.9 (Stocks which are trading 90% close to their 52-week highs.)

Zacks Rank less than or equal to #2 (Only Strong Buy and Buy rated stocks can get through.)

Beta for 60 months less than or equal to 2
(Stocks which move by a greater degree than the broader market but within a reasonable limit.)

Current price less than or equal to $20 (Stocks which are reasonably priced.)

These criteria narrow down the universe of over 7882 stocks to only six.

Here are the top five stocks that meet these criteria:

VIVUS, Inc. (NASDAQ:VVUS Free Report ) is a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative, next-generation therapies to address unmet needs in obesity, diabetes and sexual health. The stock has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and its average EPS surprise over the last four quarters 233.7%. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .

Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAUC Free Report ) is the creator, developer, operator and franchisor of ultra-casual restaurants and bars. Diversified Restaurant Holdings has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and its average EPS surprise over the last four quarters is 45.8%.

Qumu Corporation (NASDAQ:QUMU Free Report ) provides enterprise video solutions. Qumu Corp has a Zacks Rank #2 and its average EPS surprise over the last four quarters is 21.7%.

MiX Telematics Limited (NYSE:MIXT Free Report ) is a provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions. It has a Zacks Rank #2 and its average EPS surprise over the last four quarters is 97%.

Aerohive Networks, Inc. (NYSE:HIVE Free Report ) designs and develops a cloud-managed mobile networking platform that enables enterprises to deploy a mobile-centric network edge. Aerohive Networks has a Zacks Rank #2 and its average EPS surprise over the last four quarters is 22%.

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