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Hot and Cold Stocks: 4-Week Trend

December 10, 1996

Here are the stocks that have risen the most and fallen the most over the last four weeks through last Friday. The four-week trend can be a good indicator of stocks that have strong momentum in either direction.

Stocks ($15+)

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Fri. 4-wk Issue Tkr Ex close % change P/E Gainers Vacation Break VBRK Q 16 +96.9 17 Opal Inc OPAL Q 18 3/8 +96.0 14 Zycon ZCON Q 17" +85.9 16 Paul Harris PAUH Q 21 3/4 +83.2 36 Integrated Prc. IPEC Q 18 1/4 +78.0 dd Verity VRTY Q 18 3/8 +75.0 dd Owen Health OWN N 25 1/4 +72.6 43 Cymer CYMI Q 40 7/8 +63.5 na Bnchmarq Micro. BMRQ Q 24 3/8 +58.5 32 Sheldahl SHEL Q 23 1/2 +54.1 43 Medex MDEX Q 23 1/4 +53.1 cc Innovex INVX Q 43 +52.2 24 Market Facts MFAC Q 38 1/2 +50.2 24 Amer.Online AOL N 38 7/8 +49.5 cc Edmark EDMK Q 15 1/2 +49.4 cc Dreco Energy DREAF Q 40 1/4 +49.1 21 Sea Change SEAC Q 27 1/8 +47.6 na Applied Graphics AGTX Q 23 7/8 +46.9 na Novellus NVLS Q 61 +46.5 10 CFM Tech. CFMT Q 16 1/4 +46.1 na PHH PHH N 44 1/2 +44.7 18 PRI Automation PRIA Q 51 3/4 +43.8 29 Hadco HDCO Q 47 1/4 +43.7 16 Intl. Tele. ITDS Q 22 1/4 +43.5 na North County NCBH Q 17 1/2 +42.9 na Losers Systmsoft SYSF Q 16 3/8 -43.8 68 ABR Information ABRX Q 40 -36.3 82 Health Mgmt. HMSY Q 16 -34.7 39 Input/Output IO N 19 1/8 -32.6 21 INSO INSO Q 38 3/8 -31.8 dd Gymboree GYMB Q 22 3/4 -31.1 19 Sinclair SBGI Q 23 -28.7 na SFX Brdcst. SFXBA Q 28 3/4 -28.6 dd AccuStaff ASI N 18 1/2 -28.2 45 Eagle Hrd&Grd EAGL Q 19 1/2 -28.1 23 Wet Seal WTSLA Q 21 -28.1 20 Renters Choice RCII Q 15 7/8 -27.8 24 DBT Online DBTO Q 27 -26.0 na Thorn ADR THRNY Q 17 -25.3 na Phys. Support PHSS Q 15 1/2 -25.3 dd Spinnaker SPNIA Q 39 3/4 -25.0 na Fila Holdings FLH N 66 3/4 -24.7 16 Eltron ELTN Q 27 3/4 -24.2 na Cross Cont. Auto XC N 18 1/2 -23.7 na Phys.Resources PRG N 19 1/4 -23.4 39 Personnel Gp. PGA N 20 1/2 -23.0 20 DT Inds. DTII Q 32 3/8 -22.9 19 Abacus Direct ABDR Q 24 3/4 -22.7 na Natl. Tech Team TEAM Q 21 3/8 -22.3 69 Detection Sys. DETC Q 17 -21.8 dd

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Source: Associated Press. Warrants and preferred stocks removed. Four-week period ends on most recent trading day. P/E=price-to-earnings ratiobased on trailing 12-months earnings. na=not available (not all stocks are covered). cc=P/E exceeds 99. dd=loss in the 12 months. ec=former Amex "emerging company." q=closed-end mutual fund, no P/E. Exchanges: A, Amex; N, NYSE; Q, Nasdaq.

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