Five Small-Cap Stocks Trading at Cheap Prices

National Bankshares, First of Long Island, Village Super Market and Hawkins are rated 'buy' by TheStreet.com.
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BOSTON (

TheStreet

) -- Small-cap stocks have struggled in the past month, with the

Russell 2000 Index

sinking 6%. These companies are bucking the trend, and their shares have room to rise.

5. National Bankshares

(NKSH) - Get Report

is a bank in Virginia.

The numbers

: Third-quarter net income increased 5% to $3.8 million, or 54 cents a share, as revenue rose 1% to $15 million. The company's gross margin widened from 69% to 72%, and its operating margin expanded from 44% to 50%. National Bankshares has an ideal financial position, with $35 million of cash and minimal debt.

The stock

: National Bankshares has increased 44% this year, outpacing major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 15, a discount to the market and regional bank peers. Shares pay a 2.8% dividend yield.

4. The First of Long Island

(FLIC) - Get Report

is a commercial bank in New York.

The numbers

: Third-quarter net income increased 9% to $3.9 million, or 53 cents a share, as revenue grew 13% to $19 million. The company's gross margin declined from 73% to 72%, and its operating margin fell from 36% to 34%. The First of Long Island is adequately capitalized, with a risk-based capital ratio of 16%. A debt-to-equity ratio of 1.7 indicates higher-than-ideal leverage.

The stock

: The First of Long Island shares are flat this year, lagging behind major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 12, a discount to the market and regional banks. The shares offer a 3.3% dividend yield.

3. American Physicians Service Group

(AMPH) - Get Report

sells medical liability insurance and manages investments.

The numbers

: Third-quarter net income fell 10% to $6.4 million, or 92 cents a share, as revenue grew 13% to $22 million. The company's gross margin fell from 64% to 49%, and its operating margin decreased from 56% to 43%. American Physicians has $17 million of cash and $6.6 million of debt.

The stock

: American Physicians Service Group has risen 8% this year, trailing major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 9, a discount to the market and insurers. The shares offer a 1.3% dividend yield.

2. Village Super Market

(VLGEA) - Get Report

owns a ShopRite chain.

The numbers

: Fiscal fourth-quarter net income declined 3% to $6.7 million, or 50 cents a share, as revenue grew 4% to $311 million. Village Super Market's gross margin widened from 27% to 28%, but its operating margin was unchanged at 4%. The company has $55 million of cash and $37 million of debt.

The stock

: Village Super Market has gained 4% this year, trailing major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 15, a discount to the market and food retailers. The shares offer a 3.1% dividend yield.

1. Hawkins

(HWKN) - Get Report

makes chemicals.

The numbers

: Fiscal second-quarter net income declined 2% to $6.7 million, or 65 cents a share, as revenue dropped 17% to $65 million. The company's gross margin rose from 24% to 29%, and its operating margin expanded from 14% to 17%. Hawkins has an ideal financial position, with $37 million of cash and no debt.

The stock

: Hawkins has rallied 41% this year, beating major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 9, a discount to the market and chemical peers. The shares offer a 2.6% dividend yield.

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