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5 Must-Buy Small Caps for Big Returns in 2020

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This year, the major benchmarks skyrocketed, hitting fresh all-time highs. And why not? Several factors have boosted the economy in 2019, from Fed’s interest rate cuts, to easing of the U.S.-China trade war and strong economic data.  

Considering these factors, investing in small-capitalization stocks in 2020 should be quite attractive. This is because these stocks are generally smaller in size and have more room to grow. The positive development in the economy will surely boost its growth.

Factors to Boost Economy in 2020

The Federal Reserve’s recent monetary policy has boosted the economy by making borrowing cheaper. This is because the Fed has trimmed the rate three consecutive times this year. On Dec 11, at the Fed’s last meeting of 2019, it was made loud and clear that unless there is any drastic change in the economic outlook, the central bank plans to keep interest rates unchanged in 2020.

The U.S. economy is expanding for 11 years now has also held up strong with a 2.1% annual growth in GDP rate in third quarter of 2019. Healthy American consumers, who account for 70% of the U.S. economy, are the driving force behind the economy’s growth. Consumer sentiments are well supported by soaring job growth and historically 50-year low unemployment rate for 21 consecutive months.

This is accompanied by a rebound in the manufacturing sector, which accounts for 11% of the U.S. economy. Manufacturing nudged up by 1.1% in November as factory output increased against October’s 0.7% dip. Additionally, the U.S. housing space is going northward due to a low-mortgage rate and a robust homebuilding market. The U.S. Home Builder’s confidence hit an all-time high in December jumping to 76, highestsince June 1999. Nonetheless, housing starts and building permits data have been encouraging. In fact, building permits for privately owned houses has surged to a more than a 12-year high.

Another obstacle to the economy’s growth, the protracted U.S.-China trade war, finally seems to be easing with a phase one deal due to be signed in January 2020. The United States has suspended tariffs on roughly $160 billion of Chinese goods, while China had recently announced a tariff cut on several American products, starting Jan 1.

On the other side, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) deal that remarkably drew investors’ attention is now expected to be approved by the Senate in 2020. President Donald Trump apprehendsthat there has been loss of innumerable U.S. industrial jobs to low-wage Mexican workers due to the NAFTA deal signed in 1994. So, the passing of this deal would definitely boost the U.S. economy.

Small-Cap Stocks are Sure Winners

Given the positive development this year, investing in highly flexible small-cap stocks seems prudent. Compared to large caps and mid caps, small caps have more growth potential and offer better returns, especially over the long term. These stocks are less tousled by a global economic turmoil and depend more on the domestic economy. Small-cap stocks can quickly change direction and capitalize on opportunities due to their small size, ($300 million and $2 billion).

5 Stocks to Buy Now

The low interest rates and the positive development in the economy will help small-cap stocks gain momentum in the near term. Hence, we have shortlisted five stocks that flaunt a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Chuy's Holdings, Inc. (CHUY - Free Report) owns and operates full-service restaurants in more than 19 states in the United States. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for 2020 is 12% compared with the Zacks Retail - Restaurants industry’s projected earnings growth of 9.8%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the company’s current-year earnings has been revised upward by 7.7% over the past 60 days.

Delek Logistics Partners, LP (DKL - Free Report) owns and operates logistics and marketing assets for crude oil and intermediate and refined products in the United States. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for 2020 is 36.5% compared with the Zacks Oil and Gas - Production Pipeline - MLB industry’s projected earnings growth of 4.6%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the company’s current-year earnings has been revised upward by 9.5% over the past 60 days.

Spring Bank Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (SBPH - Free Report) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that develops therapeutics for the treatment of viral infections, inflammatory diseases and various cancers using small molecule nucleotide platforms. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for 2020 is 32.2% compared with the Zacks Medical - Biomedical and Genetics industry’s projected earnings growth of 7.4%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the company’s current-year earnings has been revised upward by nearly 28% over the past 60 days.

Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (UCTT - Free Report) designs, develops, prototypes, engineers, manufactures, and tests production tools, modules, and subsystems for the semiconductor and display capital equipment industries. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for 2020 is 47.4% compared with the Zacks Electronics - Manufacturing Machinery industry’s projected earnings growth of 33.1%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the company’s current-year earnings has been revised upward by 19.7% over the past 60 days.

Customers Bancorp, Inc. (CUBI - Free Report) is a bank holding company that provides financial products and services to small and middle market businesses, not-for-profits, and individual consumers. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for 2020 is 46.9% compared with the Zacks Banks - Southeast industry’s projected earnings growth of 3.7%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the company’s current-year earnings has been revised upward by 12.7% over the past 90 days.

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