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Today, my search continues for some great small- and mid-cap stocks to add to my real-money "multivitamin" portfolio. Last week, I revealed the results for this month's Foolish 8 screen and came up with seven candidates. Today, we turn to the Modified Foolish 8.

Mod squad
For a refresher, here's a summary of the changes I made to turn the Foolish 8 into the Mod-8:

  1. Raised the revenue cap to $900 million or less.
  2. Took the $25 million limit off the daily dollar volume requirement, making it simply $1 million or greater.
  3. Loosened the relative strength requirement to 50 or greater.
  4. Required not only positive cash flow, but also positive free cash flow.
  5. Required a price to free cash flow-to-cash flow growth (PFCF-to-FCF growth) multiple of 1.00 or less.
  6. Required better than 15% return on equity (ROE) over the past four quarters, and for each of the past three fiscal years.

According to the independent American Association of Individual Investors, the Mod-8 recorded a 1,002% total gain from January 1998 to December 2010, for an outstanding 20% annual growth rate. (Disclaimer: The AAII methodology involves buying a stock the month it appears on a screen and selling when it's off -- something we'd never do. Still, this performance points to the screen's strong potential.)

Only three companies pass the screen this month.


Market Cap (millions)


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Ebix (Nasdaq: EBIX)


Application software


Lihua International (Nasdaq: LIWA)


Basic materials - copper

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Internet software/services


Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's.

New stocks to the list this month: Lihua and NetEase. Dropping off the screen from last month are China Biologic Products (Nasdaq: CBPO), II-VI (Nasdaq: IIVI), lululemon athletica (Nasdaq: LULU), and MercadoLibre (Nasdaq: MELI). That leaves Ebix as the lone holdover. Digging deeper:


Insider Ownership

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Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's.

Onward and downward
In the coming days, I'll take a close look at these companies, as well as the small caps that passed last week's Foolish 8 screen. I'll soon be reporting back on whether any of them are a good fit for my portfolio.

If you're interested in keeping up with any of these companies, add them to your free watchlist by clicking the appropriate "add" button in the top table. To keep up with me, meanwhile, follow me on Twitter and check out the multivitamin discussion board. Fool on!

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