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Small Cap Report - Best And Worst

By Todd Campbell
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:43 PM EST
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The best scoring small caps from one year ago have outperformed the R2K by bps over the past year, with no turnover.  The top performers have been RAD up 246%, JAZZ up 156%, MDSO up 130%, GBX up 111%, LOJN up 110%, and HOMB up 94%.


 


 

 

  • The best small cap sector is industrial goods.
  • The top small cap industry is railroads

The average small cap score is 60.87, above the four week moving average score of 59.34. The average small cap is trading 18.7% below its 52 week high, 9.74% above its 200 dma, and has 6.85 days to cover short.
 
The top scoring small cap sector is industrial goods. Financials and services also score above average. Utilities and healthcare score in line. Consumer goods, technology, and basic materials score below average.


 
 

 

SM CAP       3/13/2014 4 Week MA
Company Name Symbol Sector INDUSTRY SCORE SCORE
BEST          
Agilysys Inc AGYS SERVICES ELECTRONICS WHOLESALE 105 105
Diodes Inc DIOD TECHNOLOGY SEMICONDUCTOR- INTEGRATED CIRCUITS 105 85
Builders FirstSource BLDR SERVICES HOME IMPROVEMENT STORES 100 100
Cardinal Fin'l CFNL FINANCIALS REGIONAL BANKS 100 80
Chemed Inc CHE HEALTHCARE HOME HEALTH CARE 100 91.25
Ebix Inc EBIX TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS SOFTWARE & SERVICES 100 100
Finish Line Inc FINL SERVICES APPAREL STORES 100 83.75
Greenbrier Companies Inc GBX SERVICES RAILROADS 100 100
MarineMax, Inc. HZO SERVICES SPECIALTY RETAIL, OTHER 100 80
Penford Corp PENX BASIC MATERIALS SPECIALTY CHEMICALS 100 76.25
Sun Hydraulics Inc SNHY INDUSTRIAL GOODS INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT & COMPONENTS 100 98.75
Encore Wire WIRE BASIC MATERIALS COPPER 100 98.75
SurModics SRDX HEALTHCARE DIAGNOSTIC SUBSTANCES 100 92.5
Vascular Solutions VASC HEALTHCARE MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS & SUPPLIES 100 97.5
Anacor Pharma ANAC HEALTHCARE BIOTECHNOLOGY 95 93.75
Calgon Carbon Corp. CCC INDUSTRIAL GOODS POLLUTION & TREATMENT CONTROLS 95 81.25
C D I Corp CDI SERVICES STAFFING & OUTSOURCING SERVICES 95 95
Century Aluminum CENX BASIC MATERIALS ALUMINUM 95 95
Cali. Water Svcs. CWT UTILITIES WATER UTILITIES 95 97.5
Dixie Group DXYN CONSUMER GOODS TEXTILES 95 95
American Ecology ECOL INDUSTRIAL GOODS WASTE MANAGEMENT 95 92.5
FormFactor Inc. FORM TECHNOLOGY SEMICONDUCTOR-BROAD LINE 95 96.25
Intevac Inc IVAC TECHNOLOGY DIVERSIFIED ELECTRONICS 95 92.5
Saba Software SABA TECHNOLOGY INTERNET SOFTWARE & SERVICES 95 96.25
State Auto Financial Corp STFC FINANCIALS PROPERTY & CASUALITY INSURANCE 95 71.25
Triquint Semi TQNT TECHNOLOGY SEMICONDUCTOR- INTEGRATED CIRCUITS 95 95
Universal Electronics Inc UEIC CONSUMER GOODS ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT 95 87.5
Xyratex Ltd XRTX TECHNOLOGY DATA STORAGE DEVICES 95 92.5
Addus HomeCare ADUS HEALTHCARE HOME HEALTH CARE 95 88.75
Anika ANIK HEALTHCARE BIOTECHNOLOGY 95 95
Natus Medical BABY HEALTHCARE MEDICAL APPLIANCES & EQUIPMENT 95 93.75
Cyberonics CYBX HEALTHCARE MEDICAL APPLIANCES & EQUIPMENT 95 96.25
ExamWorks EXAM SERVICES BUSINESS SERVICES 95 97.5
Fluidigm FLDM TECHNOLOGY SCIENTIFIC & TECHNICAL INSTRUMENTS 95 95
Heartware Int'l HTWR HEALTHCARE MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS & SUPPLIES 95 97.5
Ironwood IRWD HEALTHCARE MEDICAL LABORATORIES AND RESEARCH 95 97.5
Sangamo Bio SGMO HEALTHCARE BIOTECHNOLOGY 95 92.5
Astec Industries Inc ASTE INDUSTRIAL GOODS FARM & CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY 90 78.75
Consolidated Graphics Inc CGX SERVICES BUSINESS SERVICES 90 90
Dxp Enterprises Inc DXPE SERVICES INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT WHOLESALE 90 90
LCA Vision LCAV HEALTHCARE MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS 90 92.5
Methode Elect MEI TECHNOLOGY DIVERSIFIED ELECTRONICS 90 88.75
Monolithic Power Sys MPWR TECHNOLOGY SEMICONDUCTOR-SPECIALIZED 90 90
Nutraceutical Int'l NUTR HEALTHCARE DRUG RELATED PRODUCTS 90 87.5
Premiere Global Services PGI TECHNOLOGY DIVERSIFIED COMMUNICATION SERVICES 90 80
Regeneration Tech RTIX HEALTHCARE MEDICAL APPLIANCES & EQUIPMENT 90 73.75
Silicom LTD SILC TECHNOLOGY NETWORKING & COMMUNICATION DEVICES 90 93.75
Sonic Corp SONC SERVICES RESTAURANTS 90 73.75
Warren Resources Inc WRES BASIC MATERIALS OIL & GAS EQUIPMENT & SERVICES 90 90
Computer Programs & Sys CPSI HEALTHCARE HEALTHCARE INFORMATION SERVICES 90 88.75
Capital Senior Living CSU HEALTHCARE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES 90 83.75
NewLink Genetics NLNK HEALTHCARE BIOTECHNOLOGY 90 92.5
Nat'l Research Corp NRCIB SERVICES RESEARCH SERVICES 90 88.75
World Wresting Assoc WWE SERVICES ENTERTAINMENT- DIVERSIFIED 90 87.5
           
WORST          
Affymax AFFY HEALTHCARE BIOTECHNOLOGY 15 17.5
Coeur D Alene CDE BASIC MATERIALS SILVER 15 18.75
LSI Industries Inc LYTS CONSUMER GOODS BUSINESS EQUIPMENT 15 25
Rediff.com REDF TECHNOLOGY INTERNET INFORMATION PROVIDER 15 13.75
United Online UNTD TECHNOLOGY INTERNET SOFTWARE & SERVICES 15 17.5
Earthlink ELNK TECHNOLOGY INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS 20 18.75
Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes GOL SERVICES REGIONAL AIRLINES 20 31.25
Desarrolladora Homex SA de CV HXM FINANCIALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 20 30
Radio Shack RSH SERVICES ELECTRONICS STORES 20 22.5
S T R Holdings STRI TECHNOLOGY SEMICONDUCTOR- SPECIALIZED 20 16.25
Triple-S Management GTS FINANCIALS ACCIDENT & HEALTH INSURANCE 20 18.75
Synta Pharm SNTA HEALTHCARE BIOTECHNOLOGY 20 33.75
Spectrum Pharm SPPI HEALTHCARE BIOTECHNOLOGY 20 23.75

 

The best scoring small cap industry is railroads GBX, RAIL). Semi ICs (DIOD) are top scoring and benefit from seasonality heading into the second quarter. Restaurants (SONC, DAVE) offer upside on same store sales growth. The Nat'l Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index remained above 100 for an 11th consecutive month in January. C&I loan activity continues to support profit at regional banks (CFNL, MBWM, TBBK). Total C&I loans at commercial banks expanded to 1,613 billion in January, up from 1569 billion in September, and 1505 billion in January 2013.
 


 

None of the small cap basics industries score above average -- trade up in market cap. In consumer goods, buy textiles (DXYN, BEBE), and processed & packaged goods (BDBD, DMND). The best financials baskets include regional banks, investment brokers (GFIG, CLMS), and P&C insurers (STFC). In healthcare, focus on medical appliances (BABY, CYBX, RTIX), management services (NCI, HSII), and drug related products (NUTR, AUXL). Aerospace/defense (ORB, AIR, LMIA), heavy construction (MTRX, GVA), and general building materials (NCS) score highest in industrial goods. Total construction spending grew 9.3% year-over-year in January. Non-residential construction leaders include lodging, office, and commercial.


 

Across services, concentrate on railroads, restaurants, truckers (SAIA, MRTN), and business services (EXAM, CGX, ARC).  Buy semi ICs, diversified electronics (IVAC, MEI), and scientific & technical instruments (FLDM, NANO, NEWP) in technology. 

 

SMALL CAP INDUSTRY SCORE   3/13/2014
Sector INDUSTRY Score
     
BASIC MATERIALS INDEPENDENT OIL & GAS 58.00
BASIC MATERIALS STEEL & IRON 56.43
BASIC MATERIALS GOLD 52.00
BASIC MATERIALS INDUSTRIAL METALS & MINERALS 48.00
BASIC MATERIALS OIL & GAS DRILLING & EXPLORATION 35.00
CONSUMER GOODS TEXTILES 71.00
CONSUMER GOODS PROCESSED & PACKAGED GOODS 68.75
CONSUMER GOODS AUTO PARTS 54.00
CONSUMER GOODS HOME FURNISHING & FIXTURES 48.33
FINANCIALS REGIONAL BANKS 72.14
FINANCIALS INVESTMENT BROKERAGE 70.00
FINANCIALS PROPERTY & CASUALITY INSURANCE 66.00
FINANCIALS SAVINGS & LOANS 65.56
FINANCIALS CREDIT SERVICES 52.50
HEALTHCARE MEDICAL APPLIANCES & EQUIPMENT 69.48
HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT SERVICES 65.00
HEALTHCARE DRUG RELATED PRODUCTS 62.50
HEALTHCARE DRUG MANUFACTURERS 60.00
HEALTHCARE MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS & SUPPLIES 60.00
HEALTHCARE BIOTECHNOLOGY 59.06
HEALTHCARE HOME HEALTH CARE 58.57
HEALTHCARE SPECIALIZED HEALTH SERVICES 54.29
INDUSTRIAL GOODS AEROSPACE/DEFENSE  PRODUCTS & SERVICES 70.00
INDUSTRIAL GOODS HEAVY CONSTRUCTION 66.25
INDUSTRIAL GOODS GENERAL BUILDING MATERIALS 63.75
INDUSTRIAL GOODS INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT 60.00
SERVICES RAILROADS 78.33
SERVICES RESTAURANTS 73.00
SERVICES TRUCKING 71.67
SERVICES BUSINESS SERVICES 68.33
SERVICES STAFFING & OUTSOURCING SERVICES 67.00
SERVICES BROADCASTING 63.00
SERVICES APPAREL STORES 59.23
SERVICES CATALOG & MAIL ORDER HOUSES 58.33
SERVICES MARKETING SERVICES 58.33
SERVICES SPECIALTY RETAIL, OTHER 57.86
SERVICES RESORTS AND CASINOS 56.25
SERVICES EDUCATION & TRAINING SERV 51.67
TECHNOLOGY SEMICONDUCTOR- INTEGRATED CIRCUITS 75.71
TECHNOLOGY DIVERSIFIED ELECTRONICS 69.00
TECHNOLOGY SCIENTIFIC & TECHNICAL INSTRUMENTS 68.50
TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS SOFTWARE & SERVICES 63.75
TECHNOLOGY PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARDS 63.75
TECHNOLOGY SEMICONDUCTOR-SPECIALIZED 61.67
TECHNOLOGY SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT & MATERIALS 60.00
TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES 58.33
TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION SOFTWARE 55.00
TECHNOLOGY COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT 54.29
TECHNOLOGY NETWORKING & COMMUNICATION DEVICES 53.33
TECHNOLOGY INTERNET SOFTWARE & SERVICES 51.67
TECHNOLOGY COMPUTER PERIPHERALS 50.00
TECHNOLOGY INTERNET INFORMATION PROVIDER 40.00
TECHNOLOGY WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS 33.75
TECHNOLOGY INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS 25.00

 

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