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Managers Micro Cap (MMCFX), with a three-star rating from Morningstar, assets of $146 million and a 27% return this year, has one stock under $7 in its top 25 holdings: Casual Male Retail Group (CMRG).

Its top five holdings are: Spectrum Control (SPEC), 1.4%; LaBarge (LB), 1.2%; Columbus McKinnon (CMCO), 1.1%; True Religion Apparel (TRLG), 1.1%; and AZZ (AZZ), 1.1%.

Casual Male Retail Group (CMRG), 0.8% of the fund; price: $4.95; up 113% this year; market cap: $237 million.

The company is the largest retailer of men's big-and-tall clothing. It operates over 500 stores, throughout North America and England, as well as a direct-to-consumer business, and two Web sites. Institutional investors own 81% of its outstanding shares. For the nine months through October, it reported earnings of 21 cents a share, compared with 6 cents last year.

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