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3. Maximus (MMS) is a government consultant.

The numbers: Fiscal first-quarter net income rose 5.6% to $13 million and earnings per share climbed 17% to 81 cents, boosted by a smaller float. Revenue increased 19% to $202 million. The company's operating margin hovered at 12%. Maximus holds $132 million of cash and no debt.

The stock: Maximus gained 55% during the past year, more than major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 18, a discount to IT-services peers. The shares offer a 0.9% dividend yield.

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