30 Small Caps Snapped By Smart Money

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The following is a list of small cap stocks, with market caps between $300M-$500M. 

All of these companies have seen significant institutional and mutual fund buying over the last three months.

With institutional flows already chasing these names, is there still potential for some upside? What do you think?


Institutional data sourced from Fidelity, short float and performance data sourced from Finviz.

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1. Advance America, Cash Advance Centers Inc. (AEA): Credit Services Industry. Market cap of $315.10M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 324.0K shares vs. 316.3K shares purchased by mutual funds. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 3.02). After a solid performance over the last year, AEA has pulled back during recent sessions. The stock is -12.13% below its SMA20 and -12.49% below its SMA50, but remains 10.04% above its SMA200. 

2. Almost Family Inc. (AFAM): Home Health Care Industry. Market cap of $350.84M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 153.0K shares vs. 391.3K shares purchased by mutual funds. Might be undervalued at current levels, with a PEG ratio at 0.72, and P/FCF ratio at 10.03. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 7.64% (equivalent to 6.99 days of average volume). The stock has gained 7.96% over the last year.

3. Aviat Networks, Inc. (AVNW): Communication Equipment Industry. Market cap of $365.06M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 3.2M shares vs. 448.0K shares purchased by mutual funds. 

4. BioTime, Inc. Common Stock (BTX): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $373.18M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 920.5K shares vs. 53.1K shares purchased by mutual funds. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 9.89% (equivalent to 14.78 days of average volume). 

5. Calamos Asset Management Inc. (CLMS): Asset Management Industry. Market cap of $339.52M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 384.8K shares vs. 264.6K shares purchased by mutual funds. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 3.29). The stock has gained 40.73% over the last year.

6. Cbeyond, Inc. (CBEY): Diversified Communication Services Industry. Market cap of $393.08M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 604.8K shares vs. 294.5K shares purchased by mutual funds. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 15.61% (equivalent to 27.06 days of average volume). The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading -10.26% below its SMA20, -14.42% below its SMA50, and -8.51% below its SMA200. 

7. China XD Plastics Company Ltd. (CXDC): Rubber & Plastics Industry. Market cap of $329.60M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 2.6M shares vs. 153.2K shares purchased by mutual funds. The stock has gained 26.28% over the last year.

8. Codexis, Inc. (CDXS): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $371.50M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 4.1M shares vs. 50.1K shares purchased by mutual funds. 

9. Denny's Corporation (DENN): Restaurants Industry. Market cap of $410.76M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 6.4M shares vs. 1.1M shares purchased by mutual funds. The stock has gained 11.35% over the last year.

10. Dynavax Technologies Corporation (DVAX): Drug Manufacturers - Other Industry. Market cap of $342.12M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 28.6M shares vs. 9.7M shares purchased by mutual funds. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.76). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 5.41% (equivalent to 6.43 days of average volume). The stock has gained 45.1% over the last year.

11. Entercom Communications Corp. (ETM): Broadcasting - Radio Industry. Market cap of $451.77M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 1.4M shares vs. 150.3K shares purchased by mutual funds. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.67). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 10.08% (equivalent to 12.85 days of average volume). 

12. Entree Gold Inc. (EGI): Gold Industry. Market cap of $346.69M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 2.2M shares vs. 36.9K shares purchased by mutual funds. After a solid performance over the last year, EGI has pulled back during recent sessions. The stock is -4.45% below its SMA20 and -3.04% below its SMA50, but remains 16.88% above its SMA200. The stock has gained 6.69% over the last year.

13. Excel Maritime Carriers, Ltd. (EXM): Shipping Industry. Market cap of $387.61M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 973.8K shares vs. 1.2M shares purchased by mutual funds. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.88).

14. First Busey Corporation (BUSE): Regional - Midwest Banks Industry. Market cap of $399.46M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 12.8M shares vs. 2.7M shares purchased by mutual funds. Relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.63), which may be appealing to risk averse investors. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 6.61% (equivalent to 27.8 days of average volume). The stock has gained 15.83% over the last year.

15. Fushi Copperweld, Inc. (FSIN): Industrial Electrical Equipment Industry. Market cap of $368.55M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 1.2M shares vs. 664.0K shares purchased by mutual funds. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 13.16% (equivalent to 14.51 days of average volume). The stock has gained 5.63% over the last year.

16. Gibraltar Industries, Inc. (ROCK): Steel & Iron Industry. Market cap of $325.42M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 156.6K shares vs. 117.4K shares purchased by mutual funds. The stock has lost 0.46% over the last year.

17. Hawaiian Holdings Inc. (HA): Regional Airlines Industry. Market cap of $335.47M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 2.5M shares vs. 998.5K shares purchased by mutual funds. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 7.77% (equivalent to 5.89 days of average volume). The stock has lost 17.53% over the last year.

18. Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc. (HTGC): Diversified Investments Industry. Market cap of $412.34M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 5.0M shares vs. 681.8K shares purchased by mutual funds. The stock has gained 13.21% over the last year.

19. IXYS Corp. (IXYS): Semiconductor - Specialized Industry. Market cap of $416.88M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 237.7K shares vs. 36.7K shares purchased by mutual funds. Relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.51), which may be appealing to risk averse investors. Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 11.98% above its SMA20, 12.83% above its SMA50, and 30.71% above its SMA200. 

20. Kite Realty Group Trust (KRG): REIT - Retail Industry. Market cap of $326.20M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 523.3K shares vs. 604.3K shares purchased by mutual funds. 

21. Kongzhong Corp. (KONG): Multimedia & Graphics Software Industry. Market cap of $307.21M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 808.1K shares vs. 215.0K shares purchased by mutual funds. Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 20.33% above its SMA20, 23.85% above its SMA50, and 31.58% above its SMA200. 

22. LB Foster Co. (FSTR): Basic Materials Wholesale Industry. Market cap of $423.53M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 229.7K shares vs. 114.5K shares purchased by mutual funds. The stock has gained 11.77% over the last year.

23. Lihua International, Inc. (LIWA): Copper Industry. Market cap of $332.13M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 3.2M shares vs. 13.8K shares purchased by mutual funds. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 21.02% (equivalent to 13.85 days of average volume). 

24. Medifast Inc. (MED): Specialty Retail, Other Industry. Market cap of $344.17M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 1.3M shares vs. 218.4K shares purchased by mutual funds. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 25.04% (equivalent to 9.27 days of average volume). The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading -8.78% below its SMA20, -14.09% below its SMA50, and -17.6% below its SMA200. The stock has lost 15.29% over the last year.

25. Satcon Technology Corporation (SATC): Semiconductor - Integrated Circuits Industry. Market cap of $433.29M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 16.3M shares vs. 3.3M shares purchased by mutual funds. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 12.02% (equivalent to 5.02 days of average volume).

26. SemiLEDs Corporation (LEDS): Semiconductor- Memory Chips Industry. Market cap of $429.46M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 5.3M shares vs. 1.0M shares purchased by mutual funds. The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading -6.96% below its SMA20, -25.21% below its SMA50, and -27.24% below its SMA200. 

27. TICC Capital Corp. (TICC): Asset Management Industry. Market cap of $330.90M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 2.5M shares vs. 127.6K shares purchased by mutual funds. The stock has gained 16.1% over the last year.

28. Uranium Energy Corp. (UEC): Industrial Metals & Minerals Industry. Market cap of $419.20M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 7.2M shares vs. 1.1M shares purchased by mutual funds. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.3). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 10.38% (equivalent to 5.31 days of average volume). The stock has lost 16.18% over the last year.

29. WNS (Holdings) Ltd. (WNS): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $440.46M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 22.4M shares vs. 86.1K shares purchased by mutual funds. The stock has lost 19.44% over the last year.

30. YM BioSciences Inc. (YMI): Drug Manufacturers - Other Industry. Market cap of $305.59M. In the most recent quarter, institutional investors bought 28.7M shares vs. 277.3K shares purchased by mutual funds. Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 13.22% above its SMA20, 15.45% above its SMA50, and 54.46% above its SMA200. 



The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.



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