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Today, my search continues for some great small- and mid-cap stocks to add to my real-money "multivitamin" portfolio. Y esterday, I revealed the results for this month's Foolish 8 screen and came up with five candidates. Today, we turn to the Modified Foolish 8.

Mod squad
For a refresher, here's a summary of the changes I made to turn the Foolish 8 into the Mod-8:

  • Raised the revenue cap to $900 million or less.
  • Took the $25 million limit off the daily dollar volume requirement, making it simply $1 million or greater.
  • Loosened the relative strength requirement to 50 or greater.
  • Required not only positive cash flow, but also positive free cash flow.
  • Required a price-to-free-cash-flow-to-cash-flow growth (PFCF-to-FCF growth) multiple of 1.00 or less. I have tweaked the screen to use actual FCF growth over the past year.
  • Required better than 15% return on equity over the past four quarters, and for each of the past three fiscal years.

According to the independent American Association of Individual Investors, the Mod-8 gained more than 1,000% from January 1998 through February 2011, for an outstanding 22.1% average annual growth rate. The S&P 500 averaged 2.4% over that period. (Disclaimer: The AAII methodology involves buying a stock the month it appears on a screen and selling when it's off -- something we'd never do. Still, this performance points to the screen's strong potential.)

Only two companies pass the screen this month.


Market Cap (millions)


Add to Your Watchlist (Nasdaq: NTES)


Internet software/services


iGATE (Nasdaq: IGTE)


Information technology consulting


Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's.

Both companies also passed the screen last month. Dropping off the screen from last month is lululemon athletica (Nasdaq: LULU) and Ebix (Nasdaq: EBIX). Digging deeper:


Insider Ownership

Forward P/E



Net Margin












Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's.

Onward and downward
In the coming days, I'll take a close look at these companies, as well as the small caps that passed yesterday's Foolish 8 screen. I'll soon report back on whether any of them are a good fit for my portfolio.

If you're interested in keeping up with any of these companies, add them to your free watchlist by clicking the appropriate "add" button in the top table. To keep up with me, meanwhile, follow me on Twitter and check out the multivitamin discussion board. Fool on!

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After years of exhaustive research, Fool analyst Rex Moore has determined that a stitch in time actually saves only 8.9997. At the time of publication, he owned shares of lululemon. The Fool owns shares of Ebix and lululemon athletica. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended Ebix, lululemon athletica, and Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.