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With these examples in mind, I used our new CAPS screening tool to find the stocks poised for big gains -- before Wall Street catches on.

They have:

  • Trailing three-year earnings growth of at least 10%.
  • Market capitalizations of at least $200 million.
  • Four- or five-star ratings in CAPS, up from one, two, or three stars at the beginning of 2008.

Remember, since the launch of CAPS in 2006, five-star stocks like Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) (up 25% in the past year) outperformed all other categories, yielding 12% on average.


Share Price


Market Cap




$3.1 billion

DuPont (NYSE:DD)


Basic Materials

$38 billion

Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY)


Health Care

$51.6 billion

Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM)



$86.7 billion

Under Armour (NYSE:UA)


Consumer Goods

$1.5 billion

Data from Motley Fool CAPS and Yahoo! Finance as of Aug. 4.

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Bryan White does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this article.

Under Armour is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems and Motley Fool Rule Breakers recommendation. Eli Lilly is a Motley Fool Income Investor selection. CarMax and Chesapeake Energy are Motley Fool Inside Value recommendations. Amazon.com is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. The Fool owns shares of Under Armour. Try any of our Foolish newsletters today, free for 30 days. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.