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3 Top Small-Cap Growth Stocks Building Momentum Now

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There is so much profit that gets overlooked by investors every day.  A lot of these profits which are missed out on come from small-cap growth stocks.  In fact, the iShares S&P Small-Cap 600 Growth ETF (IJT - Free Report) has surged 114.61% over the last 5 years.  In that same time frame, the S&P 500 index has only gained 75%. 

Clearly, the historical 5 year trend suggests that there is more upside potential if you choose to invest in small-cap growth stocks.  Which ones should you pick though? Look no further! Below, we highlight 3 top ranked small-cap growth stocks based on criterion of earnings and growth.

The Federal Agriculture Mortgage Corporation-

Also known as Farmer Mac, this company establishes a secondary market for agricultural real estate mortgage loans.  The stock has a PE of 7.92.  It’s also worth noting that the company doles out a 2% dividend.  Farmer Mac has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).  The stock price has surged 15.29% so far in April. 

There have been two positive earnings estimate revisions by analysts over the last 60 days.  30 days ago, our consensus estimate called for earnings of $0.66 per share.  Since then, our estimate has been revised higher, with a current earnings consensus of $0.76 per share.  Farmer Mac beat our estimate by 29.23% when it reported its earnings last quarter.  The company reports its earnings for the quarter on 5/11/15.

Horizon Pharma plc-(HZNP - Free Report)

Horizon Pharma is a biopharmaceutical company that specializes in creating and marketing products for unmet medical needs.  Horizon currently holds a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).  Expect a little more volatility, as the stock has a beta of 2.2.  The year over year earnings growth estimate is 115%.

Horizon Pharma has surged 5% so far in April.  Our current EPS consensus estimate for the quarter calls for earnings of $0.22 per share.  The company beat our earnings estimate last quarter by 17.39%.  Horizon reports its earnings on 5/8/15.

Western Refining, Inc-

This independent crude oil refiner refines oil and markets petrol products.  It mainly operates in the Southwestern region of the US.  As with the other stocks, this one is a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).  It has a beta of 1.98, and doles out a 2.59% dividend.  It has a PEG of 1.4, and a PE of 10.67. 

So far in 2015, WNR has surged 19.14%.  There have been 8 positive earnings estimate revisions by analysts in the last 60 days.  60 days ago, our EPS consensus called for EPS of $0.69.  Since then, though, our estimate has been revised much higher, with our estimate currently calling for EPS of $1.19.  The company has beaten on our earnings estimate in three of the last four quarters, and by an average of 10.11%.  Western Refining, Inc. reports its earnings on 5/5/15. 

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