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Chicago, IL – January 5, 2022 – Stocks in this week’s article are Photronics Inc. (PLAB - Free Report) , Clearfield Inc. (CLFD - Free Report) , Bridge Investment Group Holdings Inc. (BRDG - Free Report) , Vista Outdoor Inc. (VSTO - Free Report) and Axcelis Technologies Inc. (ACLS - Free Report) .

5 Stocks with Recent Price Strength to Enhance Your Portfolio

Wall Street’s bull run continued in December despite the Fed’s decision to speed up the tapering of the quantitative easing program and the central bank’s indication of a possible interest rate hike in the first half of 2022.

Global financial markets have been suffering from severe volatility since Black Friday of 2021, following the emergence of the new coronavirus variant — Omicron — in South Africa. However, gradually, it has become clearer to medical scientists and doctors that Omicron is much less severe than the previous coronavirus variants like Alpha, Delta and Delta+.

By the end of 2021, most countries reported that Omicron is quickly replacing Delta as the dominant coronavirus variant meaning both hospitalization and casualties will reduce to a great extent. Several major pharmaceutical and biotech firms have stated that the pandemic will eventually reduce to an endemic like flu virus by 2023. Consequently, the confidence of market participants has strengthened significantly.

Several stocks have gained in the past four weeks. Notable among them are Photronics Inc., Clearfield Inc., Bridge Investment Group Holdings Inc., Vista Outdoor Inc. and Axcelis Technologies Inc.

Here’s How We Arrived at the Picks

We have primarily targeted stocks that have freshly been on a bull run. Stocks seeing price strength recently have a high chance of carrying the momentum forward.

If a stock is continuously witnessing an uptrend, there must be a solid reason or it would have probably crashed. So, looking at stocks capable of beating the benchmark that they have set for themselves seems rational.

However, recent price strength alone cannot create magic. Therefore, other relevant parameters are needed to create a successful investment strategy.

Here’s how you should create the screen to shortlist the current as well as the potential winners.

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