Ah, skepticism, how I love thee.

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

These stocks are out there. Each week, right here in this column, we hunt them down. Grab your mouse and follow along.

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 2,800% since.

That buy helped him 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

Warren Resources (NASDAQ:WRES)




Fortress Investment Group (NYSE:FIG)








Parallel Petroleum (NASDAQ:PLLL)




Cenveo (NYSE:CVO)




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. I'm tempted to once again recommend TiVo, but, alas, I like what I see in battered hedge fund Fortress Investment Group.

Hey, I know that sounds crazy. Not many people would want to invest in a private-equity firm at a time like this. But Fools know that the best opportunities come when others run for the exits.

Besides, Fortress has a decent record. Though March, its private-equity funds produced a 39.7% average internal rate of return. (Download this PDF presentation for more.)

Yes, I know that a private-equity bubble is likely to eat into those returns, but Fortress' stock has already been severely punished. Its 4.1% dividend yield should provide ample protection against continued volatility.

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. Get started now; the service is 100% free.

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

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium advisory service. We’re motley! Questioning an investing thesis -- even one of our own -- helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.