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

With that in mind, I used our new Motley Fool CAPS screening tool to find stocks on a roll -- those with growing bullish sentiment in the CAPS community. Specifically, I looked for stocks whose CAPS ratings have risen in the last two months to four 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

Remember, in the first year for which we have data, newly minted four-star companies crushed all other categories, with an average gain of 41%.                                                                                               


Share Price


Market Cap

CF Industries (NYSE:CF)


Basic Materials

$7.5 billion

China Digital TV (NYSE:STV)



$976 million

Stillwater Mining (NYSE:SWC)


Basic Materials

$1.3 billion

ReneSola (NYSE:SOL)



$2.7 billion

WellCare Heath Plans (NYSE:WCG)


Health Care

$2.2 billion

Data from Motley Fool CAPS and Yahoo! Finance as of May 28. Screen period from Mar. 27 to May 27.

Of course, screens are merely a first step in the stock-selection process. After all, there's no long-term use in picking the next Chumbawamba. So come and join our 105,000-person-strong (and growing) Motley Fool CAPS community in finding the best up-and-comers.

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