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With that example in mind, I used our new CAPS screening tool to find some stocks poised for big gains -- before Wall Street catches on.

These companies have:

  • Trailing-three-year EPS growth of at least 10%.
  • Market capitalizations of at least $200 million and no more than $10 billion.
  • Four- or five-star ratings in CAPS, the highest, up from one to three stars at the beginning of 2008.

Remember, in the first 20 months since the launch of CAPS in late 2006, five-star stocks like Rofin Sinar (NASDAQ:RSTI) outperformed all other categories, climbing at an average annual rate of 12%.

Here are some of the companies I found:


Share Price


Trailing-3-Year EPS Growth

CAPS Rating

Bare Escentuals (NASDAQ:BARE)


Consumer Goods



Dick's Sporting Goods (NYSE:DKS)





NutriSystem (NASDAQ:NTRI)





Skechers USA (NYSE:SKX)


Consumer Goods



Under Armour (NYSE:UA)


Consumer Goods



Data from Motley Fool CAPS as of Oct. 13.

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Ilan Moscovitz doesn't own shares in any company mentioned except Ctrip. Bare Escentuals and Under Armour are Rule Breakers picks. Bare Escentuals is also a Motley Fool Hidden Gems recommendation. The Motley Fool owns shares of Under Armour. The Motley Fool has the best disclosure policy in the biz.