Ah, skepticism, how I love thee.

We rebel investors at Motley Fool Rule Breakers believe the multibaggers in the making, while not often cheap by the numbers, are always misunderstood. As such, they face extraordinary skepticism, which, in turn, makes them excellent value stocks.

There are more of them out there each week, right here in this column, just waiting to be hunted down, so grab your keyboard.

What one stock can do for you
Really, it's worth your time. One home-run stock can make all the difference to your portfolio. Just ask David Gardner, captain of the good pirate ship Rule Breakers, who bought Amazon at a split-adjusted price of $3.24 a share in 1997. He's up more than 2,300% since.

That helped him to overcome stinging losses from Guitar Center, Human Genome Sciences, and others to put up with nine years of better-than-20% average annual returns as the leader of the real-money Rule Breaker portfolio.

Let the haters be your friends
Today, David and his team still seek misunderstood growers. You can, too, with the help of our completely free-of-charge Motley Fool CAPS investor intelligence database, which currently contains information on more than 4,900 stocks.

CAPS applies user input to rate stocks from one (low) to five (high) stars. Using CAPS, we're once again going to search for one- and two-star stocks that have at least 5% of their available shares sold short but are expected to grow their earnings by no less than 15% over each of the next five years.

Let's have the list
Now, with that preamble behind us, here are five unloved growth stocks:


CAPS Rating

Short Interest

Growth Estimate

MannKind Corp.




The Children's Place








Evergreen Solar








Sources: Motley Fool CAPS, Yahoo! Finance

Bear in mind that this isn't a list of recommendations. Instead, I offer these stocks as candidates for further research. But of these five, it's former Stock Advisor pick TiVo that interests me most.

Why? I've long argued that TiVo's patents are worth almost as much as its meager market cap, and I still believe that to be true. Others, including CAPS investor twopairfullhouse, suggest that a final patent victory over EchoStar (NASDAQ:DISH) is assured:

Most people do not understand the value of TiVo's patent victory at the trial level against EchoStar. That victory has about an 85% chance of being upheld at the appeal court level, and that verdict will most likely be rendered sometime between September 2007 and early 2008. At a minimum, TiVo will get the original damages of $73 million plus interest, which alone would be around $200 million by the end of calendar year 2007.

Intrigued? Do your own due diligence and then check in with thousands of other investors at CAPS. And if you'd like, add your own commentary. You'll be helping your fellow Fools and testing your ideas at the same time. Click here to get started now. The service is 100% free.

See you back here next week for five more unloved growth stocks.

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Fool contributor Tim Beyers, who is ranked 7,835 out of more than 60,000 participants in CAPS, is a regular contributor to Fool.com and Rule Breakers. Tim didn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this article at the time of publication. Click here for Tim's portfolio and here for his latest blog commentary. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy is your portfolio's competitive advantage.