Last week, the Russell 2000 Index rose 1.6 percent, while the
Standard & Poor's Small Cap 600 Index gained slightly less, 1.5
percent. For the day, the Russell 2000 was flat and the S&P
Small Cap 600 was down fractionally. Yet for the year, the Russell
has gained 8.1 percent, with the S&P Small Cap rising 8.9
Friday's Top Performing Small Cap Stocks (Data provided by Google
Cepheid (Nasdaq: CPHD)
: The developer of testing systems for molecular and genetic-based
diseases released fresh earnings guidance following positive
second-quarter results, which impressed investors.
athenahealth (Nasdaq: ATHN)
: Shares of the provider of cloud-based health care
business-management services hit a 52-week high after turning in
better-than-expected Q2 results and announced that it is acquiring
smaller competitor Proxsys.
RSC Holdings (
: The equipment rental provider reported second-quarter revenue
grew 22 percent as it posted a small profit, reversing a loss in
the year-ago quarter. Shares are up 33 percent this year.
PharmAthene (Amex: PIP)
: A biodefense company that develops products to counter chemical
and biological weapons including an anthrax vaccine, PharmAthene's
shares have doubled in the past year since a new CEO took charge.
Lattice Semiconductor (Nasdaq: LSCC)
: The supplier of programmable logic chips reported its best sales
quarter in a decade, as demand for its new products grew
substantially. Shares reached a 52-week high of $7.38 on March