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Chicago, IL – November 04, 2016 - Stocks in this week’s article include: Argan, Inc. (NYSE: -Free Report ), BayerischeMotorenWerke AG (OTCMKTS: (BAMXF - Free Report) -Free Report ), Gibraltar Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: (ROCK - Free Report) -Free Report ) and Hallador Energy Company (NASDAQ: (HNRG - Free Report) -Free Report ).

Screen of the Week of Zacks Investment Research:

Bet on 4 Stocks with Rising Cash Flow to Scoop Big Gains

Investing in stocks with big profits and solid earnings surprises might appear a popular strategy in the ongoing reporting cycle. However, betting on stocks with a healthy cash level might be far more rewarding. This is because even though profit is a company’s goal, cash is the lifeblood for its existence.

In fact, even a profit-making company can face a dearth of cash flow if its profits are not channelized in the right direction and finally end up filing for bankruptcy. But a company with a healthy cash level not only enjoys the flexibility to make decisions, chase potential investments and run its growth engine but also weathers any market mayhem.

Obviously, in any business, cash moves in and out, but it is net cash flow that explains how much money that company is actually generating. If a company is experiencing a positive cash flow then it denotes an increase in its liquid assets, which gives it the means to meet debt obligations, shell out for expenses, reinvest in business, endure downturns and finally return wealth to shareholders. On the other hand, a negative cash flow indicates a decline in the company’s liquidity, which in turn lowers its flexibility to support these moves.

However, having a positive cash flow alone is not sufficient to predict a company’s growth. In fact, consistent growth can only be achieved by a company when this positive cash flow is increasing because this improvement indicates management’s efficiency in regulating its cash movements and lesser dependency on external financing sources for running its business. Ultimately, it reflects a company’s true financial health.

Therefore, in the thick of the current earnings season, brace yourself with the following screen to bet on stocks with increasing cash flows.

Screening Parameters:

To find out stocks that have seen increasing cash flow over time, we ran the screen for those whose cash flow in the latest reported quarter was at least equal to or greater than the 5-year average cash flow per common share. This implies a positive trend and increasing cash over a period of time.

In addition to this, we chose:

Zacks Rank 1 : No matter whether market conditions are good or bad, stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) have a proven history of outperformance. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .

Average Broker Rating 1 : This indicates that brokers are also highly hopeful about the company’s future performance.

Current Price greater than or equal to $5 : This sieves out low-priced stocks.

VGM Score of B or better : This score is also of great assistance in selecting stocks. Importantly, this scoring system helps in picking the winning stocks in their individual industry categories.

Here are four stocks that made it through the screen:

Argan, Inc. (NYSE: -Free Report ), headquartered in Rockville, MD, through its subsidiaries, offers a full range of services to the power industry including engineering, procurement and construction, commissioning, operations management, maintenance, project development and consulting services. Also, the company provides telecommunications infrastructure services, integrated fabrication, construction and plant services through its subsidiaries.

Argan has a VGM score of A. It came up with an earnings surprise of 84.29% in the fiscal second quarter ended Jul 31, 2016, and its estimates for the current fiscal year moved north in the past two months.

BayerischeMotorenWerke AG (OTCMKTS: (BAMXF - Free Report) -Free Report ) is a multi-brand automobile manufacturer that focuses on the premium segments of the worldwide automobile and motorcycle markets. It has three brands: BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce. The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany and has a VGM score of B. It experienced a rise in estimates over the past 30 days.

Gibraltar Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: (ROCK - Free Report) -Free Report ), with a VGM score of A, is a leading manufacturer, processor and distributor of metals and other engineered materials for building products, vehicular and other industrial markets. The company is headquartered in Buffalo, NY. With a decent earnings surprise history, the company remains a solid pick. It exceeded estimates in each of the past four quarters, with an average surprise of 67.30%.

Hallador Energy Company (NASDAQ: (HNRG - Free Report) -Free Report ) is engaged in the production of steam coal. The company is headquartered in Denver, CO and has a VGM score of A. It experienced a rise in estimates over the past 30 days.

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