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Small Cap Stars

Small Cap Stars

9.32k followers19 symbols Watchlist by Motif Investing

Investors with bigger risk appetites in search of higher returns could drum up interest in small-cap growth companies.

Curated by Motif Investing


From 1926 to 2012, small-cap stocks generated an average annualized return of 11.9% vs. 9.8% for large-cap stocks. Many of the largest corporations in the world started out with low-priced stocks that eventually provided early investors asustained longer-term return.

Small-cap companies often start with a small market share in niche and faster-growing markets, giving them room to grow relative to their large-cap counterparts, although often with an accompanying higher level of risk. Additionally, they can have a greater potential for margin expansion since they generally operate well below peak levels in early stages – and they can benefit significantly from economies of scale. This motif focuses on small-cap companies with demonstrated strong earnings growth and positive cash flows over the past five years.

How did we choose these stocks?

We identified US-listed stocks and American Depository Receipts of companies that are engaged in activities relevant to this watchlist's theme. We then filtered out companies that have a share price of less than .00 or a market capitalization less than 00 million, and excluded illiquid stocks by screening companies for liquidity i.e. average bid-ask spreads, dollar volume traded etc. Finally the proprietary Motif Optimization Engine determined the constituent stocks. Learn more about how we select our watchlists.

Who made these selections?

Motif is an online brokerage built on thematic portfolios of up to 30 stocks and ETFs. Founded in 2010 by Hardeep Walia, Motif combines complex proprietary algorithms with skilled advisers to develop these thematic portfolios. Learn more about our team.

How are these weighted?

First, we determined each company's percentage of total revenue derived from this watchlist's theme. Second, we applied a pure-play factor to give greater relative weight to companies that derive a higher percentage of their revenue from this theme. Finally, we weighted each company by its market capitalization adjusted for revenue exposure to the theme.

More details on how we build and weight watchlists are available here.


WatchlistChange today1-month return1-year returnTotal return
Small Cap Stars+1.57%+20.63%-10.30%-11.70%

19 symbols

SymbolCompany nameLast priceChange% changeMarket timeVolumeAvg vol (3-month)Market cap
EXPOExponent, Inc.83.75+1.15+1.39%12:59 pm GMT-482.93k276.73k4.32B
ROLLRBC Bearings Incorporated125.77+2.32+1.88%12:58 pm GMT-448.21k138.38k3.12B
SPSCSPS Commerce, Inc.77.1+1.76+2.34%12:54 pm GMT-4109.72k298.41k2.67B
EXLSExlService Holdings, Inc.65.01-0.02-0.03%12:53 pm GMT-432.30k200.79k2.23B
LMNXLuminex Corporation40.61+1.18+2.99%12:59 pm GMT-41.09M821.99k1.86B
USNAUSANA Health Sciences, Inc.82.55+1.14+1.40%12:58 pm GMT-432.05k210.41k1.73B
EGOVNIC Inc.22.065+0.30+1.36%12:59 pm GMT-4141.73k427.00k1.48B
THRMGentherm Incorporated42.4+2.53+6.35%12:56 pm GMT-453.96k169.88k1.40B
PRFTPerficient, Inc.40.755+0.23+0.56%12:55 pm GMT-491.99k364.07k1.38B
USPHU.S. Physical Therapy, Inc.87.515+2.82+3.34%12:58 pm GMT-418.66k108.57k1.12B
HOLIHollysys Automation Technologies Ltd.12.6+0.45+3.70%12:57 pm GMT-4290.98k251.04k762.77M
CRYCryoLife, Inc.20.095+0.09+0.47%12:57 pm GMT-464.60k364.35k760.76M
BJRIBJ's Restaurants, Inc.20.93+0.20+0.96%12:57 pm GMT-4206.51k699.85k465.93M
HIBBHibbett Sports, Inc.24.65+0.52+2.15%12:58 pm GMT-4118.01k430.49k407.52M
CSTECaesarstone Ltd.11-0.87-7.33%12:57 pm GMT-4111.39k104.87k378.41M
SCVLShoe Carnival, Inc.24.52-0.01-0.04%12:54 pm GMT-446.44k178.94k342.06M
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