5 More Unloved Growth Stocks

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It's stocks like Amazon that helped David to produce nine years of better-than-20% average annual returns in the real-money Rule Breaker portfolio, even while suffering stinging losses from Guitar Center and 3Dfx, among others.

Let the haters be your friends
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How can this help you? Each week, using CAPS, we'll search for one- and two-star stocks that have at least 5% of their available shares sold short but are expected to grow their earnings by no less than 15% over each of the next five years.

Let's have the list
Here are today's unloved growth stocks:

Company

CAPS Rating (out of 5)

Short Interest

5-Year Growth Estimate

Priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN  )

**

30.6%

26.7%

True Religion Apparel (Nasdaq: TRLG  )

**

59.7%

21.0%

Standard Microsystems (Nasdaq: SMSC  )

**

10.1%

18.0%

DealerTrack Holdings (Nasdaq: TRAK  )

**

12.5%

17.1%

MGM Mirage (NYSE: MGM  )

**

13.3%

16.6%

Sources: Motley Fool CAPS; Yahoo! Finance; wsj.com.

Bear in mind that this isn't a list of recommendations. Instead, I offer these stocks as candidates for further research.

We've got some interesting choices here. Casino operator MGM Mirage put up decent fourth-quarter numbers, and its board recently authorized a 20 million-share buyback. Denim rebel True Religion shows signs of being ready to shine.

No love for the Negotiator?
Even so, I can't forsake Priceline, a veteran of this column for reasons I simply cannot fathom. Why don't Fools like this stock? Top bear pitcher abitarecatania explained it this way in February:

A $4.7 billion dollar website travel agency? 52-week high going into U.S. war led recession / depression? DON'T BE STUPID!

And last week's follow-up:

The capitalization of this website is now higher then all of the combined U.S. airlines. But I guess Priceline will not be affected by high fuel? Sure ... run-up is one of the dumbest run-ups in the market today.

OK, but what if your Web travel agency is winning just as its peers are losing? That's what we have at Priceline:

Metrics

Forward P/E

Projected Growth Rate

Return on Invested Capital

Return on Equity

Priceline

23.8

25.5%

11.6%

38.4%

Orbitz (NYSE: OWW  )

Not material

16.6%

1.3%

(15.6%)

Expedia (Nasdaq: EXPE  )

14.9

13.4%

6.0%

6.1%

Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's. Returns are for the trailing-12-month period.

Winners usually keep on winning, and with competition getting weaker by the day, the price is still right for Priceline.

But that's my take. I'm more interested in what you think. Would you buy Priceline at today's prices? Let us know by signing up for CAPS today. It's 100% free to participate.

See you back here next week for five more unloved growth stocks.

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Tim Beyers, who is ranked 15,386 out of more than 105,000 participants in CAPS, is a regular contributor to Fool.com and Rule Breakers. Tim didn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this article at the time of publication. Click here for Tim's portfolio and here for his latest blog commentary. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy is your portfolio's competitive advantage.


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