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Chicago, IL – May 11, 2022 – Stocks in this week’s article Cadence Design Systems (CDNS - Free Report) , Buckle (BKE - Free Report) , Magnolia Oil & Gas (MGY - Free Report) , and Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (LPX - Free Report) .

Watch for These 4 Top-Ranked Liquid Stocks for Solid Gains

Investors looking for high returns will likely benefit from adding stocks with robust liquidity levels as liquidity supports business growth.

Liquidity primarily determines a company's capability to meet debt obligations by converting assets into liquid cash and equivalents. These stocks have always been on investors' radar, owing to their potential to provide strong returns.

One should be alert before investing in such stocks. While a high liquidity level may imply that the company is clearing its dues faster than its peers, it may also suggest that the company is unable to utilize its assets competently.

Hence, one may consider a company's efficiency level along with its liquidity to identify potential winners.

Measures to Identify Liquid Stocks

Current Ratio: It measures current assets relative to current liabilities. The ratio is used for measuring a company's potential to meet short- and long-term debt obligations. A current ratio — also known as the working capital ratio — below 1 indicates that the company has more liabilities than assets. However, a high current ratio does not always suggest that the company is in good financial shape. It may also suggest that the company failed to utilize its assets significantly. Hence, a range of 1-3 is considered ideal.

Quick Ratio: Unlike the current ratio, the quick ratio — also called the "acid-test ratio" or the "quick assets ratio" — indicates a company's ability to pay short-term obligations. It considers inventory excluding the current assets relative to current liabilities. Like the current ratio, a quick ratio of more than 1 is desirable.

Cash Ratio: This is the most conservative ratio among the three, as it considers cash and cash equivalents and invested funds relative to current liabilities. It measures a company's ability to meet current debt obligations using the most liquid assets. Though a cash ratio of more than 1 may suggest sound financials, a higher number may indicate inefficiency in cash utilization.

A ratio greater than 1 is desirable at all times but may not always represent a company's financial condition.

Here are four of the 17 stocks that qualified for the screen:

San Jose, CA-based Cadence Design Systems offers products and tools that help customers design electronic products. Cadence's core electronic design automation or EDA software and services enable engineers to develop different types of integrated circuits.   Cadence is well-positioned for growth driven by its expanding product portfolio and strong demand for products from existing and emerging markets.

The company recently reported strong first-quarter 2022 results, with revenues increasing 23% on a year-over-year basis. Driven by strong first-quarter results, the company now expects revenues for the full year in the range of $3.395-$3.435 billion compared with the earlier guidance of $3.32-$3.38 billion.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2022 earnings is pegged at $3.89 per share, up 4.3% in the past 60 days. CDNS has a Growth Score of B and a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 10.6%, on average

Kearney, NE-based Buckle is a well-known retailer that sells several brands and private label casual apparel, including tops, denim and other casual bottoms, sportswear, outerwear, accessories and footwear. Buckle emphasizes personalized attention to its clients and offers individual customer services like free alterations, layaways and a loyalty program.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its fiscal 2022 earnings is pegged at $5.25 per share, up 10.3% in the past 60 days. The company has a Growth Score of B and a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 45%, on average.

Headquartered in Houston, TX, Magnolia Oil & Gas is an independent upstream operator engaged in exploring, developing and producing natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids. The company is focused on the Eagle Ford Shale and Austin Chalk formations in South Texas. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its 2022 earnings is pegged at $4.27 per share, up 53.6% in the past 60 days. Magnolia Oil & Gas has a Growth Score of B and a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 18.5%, on average.

Based in Nashville, TN, Louisiana-Pacific Corp. is a leading manufacturer of sustainable, quality engineered wood building materials, structural framing products as well as exterior siding for residential, industrial and light commercial construction. The company operates 20 modern, strategically located facilities in the United States and Canada, two facilities in Chile and a facility in Brazil. It also operates facilities through a joint venture.

The company's products are used primarily in new home construction, repair and remodeling and outdoor structures. The company is reaping benefits from solid demand from the U.S. residential market. Strategic business transformation, effective cash management and inorganic moves are likely to boost performance in the future.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2022 earnings is pegged at $14.87 per share, up 25.3% in the past 60 days. Louisiana-Pacific has a Growth Score of B and a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 14%, on average.

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