NEW YORK (TheStreet) - The S&P Small Cap 600 Index registered gains of 9.8% in the past three months as compared to a 6.4% gain recorded by the S&P Index. The current market volatility has thrown up an abundance of penny stocks to suit speculative investors, with many priced below $5. Although investors prefer safe and stable stocks when markets gyrate, they also can consider these penny stocks for potential reward.Based on average estimates of analysts polled by Bloomberg, these five stocks have potential upsides ranging from 29% to 205%, with an average of 61% of analysts issuing buy ratings.
3. Capstone Turbine ( CPST) is a leading producer of low-emission micro-turbine systems. It pioneered the marketing of commercially viable micro-turbine energy products, with shipments of approximately 6,000 Capstone MicroTurbine systems worldwide. Of the six analysts covering the stock, five recommend a buy. The stock's average 12-month price target is $2.30, about 121.2% higher than the current price, according to a Bloomberg consensus. For 2012 second quarter, the company reported revenue of $27.5 million, up 46% from the same period in fiscal 2011. The company shipped 172 units, or 23.6 megawatts during the quarter compared to 174 units, or 15.8 megawatts, in the same period last year. Average revenue per unit increased to $130,000 from $90,000 in the same quarter of fiscal 2011. Backlog for the quarter stood at $113.7 million, vs. the prior quarter, and up 36% from the same period last year. The company has entered into warrant exercise agreements with various holders to bolster its balance sheet and simplify the capital structure. Capstone received the 2011 NOVA award from the Construction Innovation Forum for its micro-turbine technology at Syracuse University's data center.