One of the best ways to profit in the stock market is to look where others aren't. Wall Street's convenient inattention to a whole slew of promising companies is an opportunity to make big winners of small investors.

In my search for stocks the market has missed for years -- like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), which is up 5,937% in a single decade -- I used our new CAPS screening tool to discover promising companies Wall Street may be overlooking. Below are five companies with no more than four CAPS-rated analysts covering the stock.

They also have:

  • Market caps between $250 million and $2 billion.
  • At least 300 total calls from our entire CAPS community.
  • Five-star ratings, the highest possible, from our CAPS community.

Remember, in the first year for which we have data, five-star companies outperformed with an average gain of nearly 28%.


Share Price


Market Cap

CAPS-rated Wall Street Coverage

Arena Resources (NYSE:ARD)


Basic materials

$1.6 billion


Brigham Exploration (NASDAQ:BEXP)


Basic materials

$600 million


China Medical Technologies (NASDAQ:CMED)


Health care

$1.2 billion


Oilsands Quest (AMEX:BQI)


Basic materials

$1.3 billion


Grey Wolf (AMEX:GW)


Basic materials

$1.6 billion


Data from Motley Fool CAPS and Yahoo! Finance as of July 9.

Of course, screens are only a first step in the stock selection process. True Fools use due diligence, because they know that not every underfollowed company will necessarily become one of the market's 10 best stocks.

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