Peter Lynch is famous as much for his quirky investment strategies as for his enviable 13-year track record as head of Fidelity Magellan. The market's best stocks, according to Lynch, are small, growing companies flying below Wall Street's radar.

It makes sense, after all, to pick out the strongest companies among those with the greatest chance of being overlooked -- and hence mispriced. With that approach, Lynch was able to catch stocks like Automatic Data Processing and Yum! Brands’ Taco Bell well before Wall Street noticed their potential. As investors, we should all take advice from the man who not only minted fundholders a 28-bagger, but also actually coined the investing term "-bagger."

With that in mind, I used our new CAPS screening tool to find stocks Peter Lynch might love. Below are five companies with no more than 10 CAPS-rated Wall Street analysts calling the stock.

They also have:

  • Three-year earnings-per-share growth above 25%.
  • Price-to-earnings multiples below 30.
  • Market capitalizations between $200 million and $10 billion.
  • At least 300 active CAPS picks.
  • Four- or five-star ratings, the highest possible, from our CAPS community.

Remember, in the first year for which we have data, four-star companies outperformed with an average gain of more than 19%. Five-star stocks did even better.

Company

Sector

Market Cap

3-Year EPS Growth

Price-to-Earnings

No. of Wall Street Picks

Calumet Specialty (NASDAQ:CLMT)

Basic Materials

$400 million

88%

8.7

1

Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR)

Basic Materials

$4.5 billion

27%

12.9

8

Dolby (NYSE:DLB)

Technology

$3.8 billion

51%

19.9

6

Grey Wolf (AMEX:GW)

Basic Materials

$1.4 billion

21%

12.2

3

ICICI (NYSE:IBN)

Financial

$10.5 billion

47%

17.0

4

Manitowoc (NYSE:MTW)

Industrial Goods

$4.8 billion

83%

4.8

6

USEC (NYSE:USU)

Basic Materials

$527 million

49%

7.2

2

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

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Ilan Moscovitz’s gelato screen turned up strawberry and mango flavors, both of which he eagerly awaits. He doesn't own any of the companies mentioned in this article. Calumet Specialty  is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick. Dolby Laboratories is a Stock Advisor recommendation. The Fool's disclosure policy is always on the menu.