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Best-Performing Stocks Under $5 in 2011

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3. Acceler8 Technology (AXK)

Company Profile: Acceler8 Technology develops materials and instrumentation for applications in medical instrumentation, basic research, drug discovery and bio-detection.

The stock surged in the absence of any headlines in January, prompting an inquiry from the NYSE for the unusual volume activity. Acceler8 shares again spiked in February after the company said an evaluation agreement with Novartis (NVS) was extended to June 30. Novartis will pay the company a monthly fee for an exclusive-rights extension.

Current Share Price: $3.11 (Aug. 30)

2011 Total Return: 214%

Analyst Ratings: No Wall Street firm covers Acceler8 Technology.

TheStreet Ratings has a "hold" rating on Acceler8's stock, arguing that the company's "robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity" are counterbalanced by the company's limp profit margins.






2. Majesco Entertainment (COOL)

Company Profile: Majesco Entertainment makes video games mainly for the family-oriented, mass-market consumer.

Majesco's run this year started in January when the company announced it had shipped more than 500,000 copies of its Zumba Fitness video game for the Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Later that month, the company announced it regained compliance with the Nasdaq's minimum bid price requirement for continued listing.

In early March, shares of Majesco climbed higher after the company posted better-than-expected fiscal first-quarter financial results, with revenue jumping to $48.5 million from $29.2 million in the same period a year earlier. In June, Majesco upped its full-year revenue outlook as it expects to ship 17 new games this year across platforms like the Xbox Kinect, Facebook, Nintendo's 3DS and Apple's iPhone.

Current Share Price: $2.60 (Aug. 30)

2011 Total Return: 237%

Analyst Ratings: Majesco garners two "buy" ratings from Needham & Co. and Sidoti & Co. Majesco also receives a "neutral" rating from Wedbush. Needham analysts have a $5 price target on the stock while Wedbush has a $4 target.

TheStreet Ratings has a "hold" recommendation on Majesco Entertainment. The research report says robust revenue growth, a largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels and return on equity are strengths that are countered by the company's weak profit margins.

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