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. National Research Corporation (NRCI) assists the health care industry in the U.S. and Canada track performance at a variety of levels. The company provides survey-based performance management, analysis, tracking and improvement and educational services as well as develops tools that enable health care organizations to obtain performance measurement information necessary to comply with industry and regulatory standards and to improve their business practices. The company uses a dynamic data-collection process to create a personalized questionnaire that evaluates service issues specific to each respondent's health care experience. The flexibility of this data-collection process allows healthcare organizations to add timely, market-driven questions relevant to matters such as industry performance mandates, employer performance guarantees and internal quality improvement initiatives.