5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Harris & Harris

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 150,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, nanotechnology investing specialist Harris & Harris (Nasdaq: TINY  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Harris & Harris' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Harris & Harris facts

Headquarters (Founded)

New York (1981)

Market Cap

$139.8 million

Industry

Venture capital

Management

Chairman/CEO Douglas Jamison (since 2009)

COO Dr. Daniel Wolfe (since 2009)

Compound Annual Tangible Book Value Growth (Over Past 5 Years)

7.8%

Cash/Debt

$1.5 million / $0

Competitors

MVC Capital (NYSE: MVC  )

Ares Capital (Nasdaq: ARCC  )

Other Highly Rated Asset Managers

Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A  ) (NYSE: BRK-B  )

Legg Mason (NYSE: LM  )

Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE: BAM  )

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 885 members who have rated Harris & Harris believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars JakilaTheHun and mrindependent, both of whom are ranked in the top 1% of our community.

Late last year, JakilaTheHun listed four simple reasons to look into the stock:

(1) I've seen a few top Fools that I respect green thumb it, which intrigued me
(2) I like the company's strategy
(3) It looks reasonably priced
(4) I believe nanotechnology will be one of the boom industries of the 21st Century

In a pitch from the same day, mrindependent also singled out the stock as a small wonder:

Harris & Harris Group is a non-diversified business development company that specializes in nanotechnology and other microsystems. The company is currently selling for NAV. As an early stage venture capital fund, this investment is highly speculative, but the upside appears to outweigh the downside. In a "normal" investing environment, a company with this much "sizzle" would command a significant premium to NAV.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Harris & Harris is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers pick, Berkshire is a choice of both Inside Value and Stock Advisor, and Brookfield is a Global Gains recommendation. The Fool owns shares of Berkshire and Legg Mason. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.


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  • Report this Comment On February 18, 2010, at 10:10 AM, javaharv1 wrote:

    I have followed TINY for three years. I believe that if you have faith that nanotechnology is the future, much like biotech was and still is the future, but unlike biotech nanotech will impact every aspect of our lives.

    Finding an investment to take advantage of the nanotech revolution is not easy. TINY offers the best way of profiting in that they have a diversified portfolio of selected non public and mostly startups companies that they feel have the potential to make a windfall when they go public or bought out. And in this investment environment IPOs have been scarce. When the IPO market opens up you will see some of the companies in their portfolio go public and the longer it takes the better the market price will be when that happens, as the companies mature.

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