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Top Five Small-Cap Stocks

Each business day, TheStreet.com Ratings compiles a list of the top five stocks in five categories -- fast-growth, all-around value, large-cap, mid-cap and small-cap -- and publishes these lists in the Ratings section of our Web site.

This list is based on data from the close of the previous trading session. Today, small-cap stocks are in the spotlight. These are stocks of companies that have market capitalizations of between $50 million and $500 million that rank near the top of all stocks rated by our proprietary quantitative model, which looks at more than 60 factors.

The stocks must also be followed by at least one financial analyst who posts estimates on the Institutional Brokers' Estimate System. They are ordered by their potential to appreciate.

Note that no provision is made for off-balance-sheet assets such as unrealized appreciation/depreciation of investments, market value of real estate or contingent liabilities that might affect book value. This could be material for some companies with large underfunded pension plans.

CAM Commerce Solutions (CADA) provides a variety of software and hardware technical systems for retailers. Our buy rating, in place since February 2006, is based on positive investment measures such as strong revenue growth, solid financial position and stock performance, and growth in net income.

Powered by its strong earnings growth of 70% during the first quarter of 2008, this stock has surged 64% over the past year. Revenue rose 37% year over year in the first quarter. CAM Commerce Solutions has no debt to speak of, giving it a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, a relatively favorable sign. Net income increased 75% from the year-ago quarter.

Finally, the company has demonstrated an impressive pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. Looking forward, we feel that this trend should continue.

Axsys Technologies (AXYS) designs and manufactures precision optical solutions for use by the U.S. government and high-performance commercial markets. Axsys also distributes precision ball bearings used in a variety of industrial and commercial applications. The company's corporate offices are located in Connecticut, with design and manufacturing facilities located in a number of other states.

We have rated Axsys a buy since November 2005. In the fourth quarter of 2007, the company recorded strong financial performance, with strong demand for both Axsys' traditional business and the recently acquired gyro-stabilized gimbal business helping generate revenues of $47.9 million, vs. $33.8 million in 2006. The company reports that its backlog increased 21% to a record $140 million since the year-ago quarter. This increase was due to strong demand for infrared cameras and lenses, gimbal systems, and military-grade motion control systems.

Looking ahead to 2008, management now expects full-year sales in the range of $208 million to $212 million, up from the previously forecast range of $193 million to $197 million. Management also expects EPS in the range of $1.70 to $1.75, compared with previous guidance of $1.57 to $1.60. However, any significant reduction or delay in purchase of the company's products by the U.S. government could have an adverse effect on Axsys' financial performance, as the company derives a significant portion of its revenue from this source.

Atlantic Tele-Network (ATNI - Get Report) is a telecommunications company providing wireless and wire line services in the Caribbean and North America. The company offers wireless voice and data services to retail customers in Guyana and Bermuda. In the U.S., it offers wholesale wireless voice and data roaming services to national, regional, and local wireless carriers in rural markets. These U.S. markets are primarily in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, and New Mexico.
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