Ah, skepticism, how I love thee.

We rebel investors at Motley Fool Rule Breakers believe that 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.

More are out there. Each week, right here in this column, we'll hunt them down.

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.com at a split adjusted price of $3.24 a share in 1997. He's up more than 2,700% since.

That helped David overcome stinging losses from Sirius Satellite Radio, 3Dfx, and others to put up 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 5,000 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

5-Year Growth Estimate





TriZetto Group (NASDAQ:TZIX)




Aeropostale (NYSE:ARO)








Shenandoah Telecom (NASDAQ:SHEN)




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, teen clothier Aeropostale interests me most.

That's not an easy call to make. Its second-quarter earnings proved disappointing. Same-store sales haven't shown improvement. And yet I still sense a margin of safety here.

Consider the numbers. Aeropostale trades for just 13 times its trailing earnings, well below peers American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO) and Hot Topic (NASDAQ:HOTT). That'd be justifiable if growth had stalled, but it hasn't.

CAPS investor NetScribe Retail explains:

... Aeropostale has been aggressive on store openings with 67 stores already opened in the current fiscal. They have also unveiled a plan to enter the Canadian market in the next year. Looking at the key retail metrics and the supporting demographics, we feel Aeropostale is gliding toward a bright future.

Intrigued? Do your own due diligence, then check in with thousands of other investors at CAPS. 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.