One of the best ways to profit in the stock market is to look where others don't. Wall Street's convenient inattention to a slew of promising companies is an opportunity to make big winners out of small investors.

Keeping in mind stocks the market missed for years, like Hansen Natural (NASDAQ:HANS) (which is up 19,449% from 1998 through 2007), I used our new CAPS screening tool to discover several promising companies Wall Street may be overlooking. Below are five companies with no more than three CAPS-rated analysts making a call on the stock.

They also have:

  • Market caps between $250 million and $2 billion.
  • At least 300 total calls from our entire CAPS community.
  • Five-star ratings, the highest possible, from our CAPS members.

Remember, in the first year for which we have data, five-star companies outperformed with an average gain of nearly 28%.




Market Cap

Immersion (NASDAQ:IMMR)



$262 million

ShengdaTech (NASDAQ:SDTH)


Basic materials

$447 million

Silver Standard Resources


Basic materials

$1.9 billion

Universal Display (NASDAQ:PANL)



$546 million



Basic materials

$775 million

Data from Motley Fool CAPS and Yahoo! Finance as of May 30.

Of course, screens are only a first step in the stock selection process. True Fools use due diligence because they know that not every underfollowed company will necessarily become one of the market's 10 best stocks.

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