3 Stocks Ready to Roarhttp://www.fool.com/investing/general/2011/04/12/3-stocks-ready-to-roar.aspx Rich Duprey
April 12, 2011
There are plenty of strategies for picking stock winners, from finding low P/E stocks to seeking companies selling at a discount to their future cash flows. At the small-cap investment service Motley Fool Hidden Gems, even in this market, the analysts are able to stay ahead of the pack by finding undervalued stocks that Wall Street and investors have ignored.
But what if we could whittle down our list of prospects beforehand, to find those whose engines are just getting warmed up?
Using our investor intelligence database at Motley Fool CAPS, I screened for stocks that were marked up by investors before their share prices rose over the past three months. My screen returned just 100 stocks when I ran it, no doubt reflecting the market's turmoil during that time, and included these recent winners:
Source: Motley Fool CAPS Screener; trailing performance from Dec. 31 to April 1. *Out of 5.
While this screen might tell us which stocks we should have looked at three months ago, we'd rather find the stocks that we ought to be looking at today. I went back to the screener and looked for stocks that were just bumped up to three stars or better, sport valuations lower than the market's average, and haven't appreciated by more than 10% in the past month.
Of the 65 stocks the screen returned, here are three that are still attractively priced, but which investors think are ready to run today:
Source: Motley Fool CAPS Screener; price return from March 4 to April 1.
You can run your own version of this screen over on CAPS; just remember that the data's dynamically updated in real time, so your results may vary. That said, let's examine why investors might think these companies will go on to beat the market.