Finding the next big stock is both satisfying and profitable. Like Nirvana for those early on the grunge scene, or Modest Mouse in my case, it's even more rewarding if you can discover greatness before everyone else.

With that in mind, I used our new CAPS screening tool to find stocks with growing bullish sentiment. Following a screen similar to this one last year would have turned up Excel Maritime (NYSE:EXM), netting you a 168% gain. Specifically, I looked for stocks whose CAPS ratings have risen in the last two months to four or five stars (out of five) from one, two, or three stars.

They also have:

  • Market caps greater than $100 million.
  • At least 200 active CAPS picks                                                                                             

Company

Share Price

Sector

Market Cap

Coach   (NYSE:COH)

$21.55

Consumer Goods

$7.3 billion

E-Trade Financial   (NASDAQ:ETFC)

$3.05

Financials

$1.6 billion

H. J. Heinz (NYSE: HNZ)

$50.73

Consumer Goods

$15.8 billion

Kellogg (NYSE:K)

$57.21

Consumer Goods

$21.7 billion

Pfizer (NYSE:PFE)

$19.00

Health Care

$128.1 billion

Data from Motley Fool CAPS and Yahoo! Finance as of Oct. 3.

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Ilan Moscovitz doesn't own any of the companies mentioned in this article, though he is an avid baker. Pfizer and HJ Heinz are Motley Fool Income Investor selections. Pfizer is also an  Inside Value pick. Coach is a Stock Advisor recommendation. Try any of our Foolish newsletters today, free for 30 days. The Fool's disclosure policy is (figuratively) on fire.