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Chicago, IL – September 22, 2017 - Stocks in this week’s article include JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: (JASO - Free Report) – Free Report), BioTelemetry, Inc. (Nasdaq: (BEAT - Free Report) – Free Report), Arista Networks, Inc.(NYSE: (ANET - Free Report) – Free Report), Owens Corning(NYSE: (OC - Free Report) – Free Report)and Aaron's, Inc.(NYSE: (AAN - Free Report) – Free Report).

Screen of the Week of Zacks Investment Research:

5 Momentum Stocks Powered by Driehaus Strategy

One of the most widely used investment approaches for those interested in momentum stocks is the Driehaus strategy. This is based on the "buy high and sell higher" principle and used by investors with a high-risk appetite. The success of this investing strategy helped Driehaus to earn a place in Barron’s All-Century Team.

Portfolios such as that of The American Association of Individual Investors (“AAII”) proved that the strategy has the potential to offer high returns. AAII’s portfolio, which was developed following the strategy, returned 13.5% and 18.1% in the five and 10- year time frames, respectively, compared with -1.1% and 4.2% returns for the S&P 500. Thus, investors with a high risk appetite may opt for this strategy.

A Look at Driehaus’ Strategy

After a detailed study of the Driehaus’ strategy, AAII concluded that it mainly focuses on strong earnings growth rates and impressive prospects to pick potential outperformers. While this strategy was made to provide better returns over the longer haul, companies with a strong history of beating estimates were also given importance.

“I would much rather invest in a stock that’s increasing in price and take the risk that it may begin to decline than invest in a stock that’s already in a decline and try to guess when it will turn around,” Driehaus had said in an interview.

Screening Parameters

The percentage 50-day moving average is one of the key criteria in this strategy. A positive percentage 50-day moving average indicates that the stock is trading at a price higher than its 50-day moving average level, indicating an uptrend. It is calculated by dividing the numerator (month-end price minus 50-day moving average of month-end price) by the 50-day moving average of the month-end price. Another momentum indicator – positive relative strength – has also been included in this strategy.

In order to make the strategy more profitable, we have only considered those stocks that have a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) as well as a momentum score of ‘A’ or ‘B’. Our research shows that stocks with a Style Score of ‘A’ or ‘B’ when combined with a Zacks Rank #1 or 2 offer the best upside potential.

• Zacks Rank equal to #1

(Only Strong Buy rated stocks can get through. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.)

• Last 5-year average EPS growth rates above 2%

(Strong EPS growth history ensures improving business.)

• Trailing 12 month EPS growth higher than 0 and industry median

(Higher EPS growth compared to the industry average indicates superior stocks.)

• Last four-quarter average EPS surprise greater than 5%

(Positive EPS surprise indicates potential.)

• Positive % 50-day moving average and relative strength over 4 weeks

(High % 50-day moving average and relative strength signal uptrend.)

• Momentum Score equal to or less than B

(A favorable Momentum Score indicates that it is ideal to take advantage of the momentum with the highest probability of success.)

These few parameters narrowed down the universe of over 7,881 stocks to only 15.

Here are five of the 15 stocks:

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd.(Nasdaq: JASOFree Report) is a manufacturer and seller of solar power products based on crystalline silicon technologies. The company has a Momentum Score of A and an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of more than 100%.

BioTelemetry, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEATFree Report) is a provider of cardiac monitoring device manufacturing and centralized cardiac core laboratory services. The company has a Momentum Score of A and an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 16.9%.

Arista Networks, Inc.(NYSE: ANETFree Report) is a supplier of cloud networking solutions. The company has a Momentum Score of A and an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 22.8%.

Owens Corning(NYSE: OCFree Report) is a producer and seller of glass fiber reinforcements and other materials. The company has a Momentum Score of B and an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 20.2%.

Aaron's, Inc.(NYSE: AANFree Report) is an omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions. The company has a Momentum Score of A and an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 14%.

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