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Other additions for 2013 include Carbo Ceramics ( CRR), DeVry ( DV), RLI ( RLI), International Speedway ( ISCA), Knight Transportation ( KMX), Tennant ( TNC), American Equity Investment Life ( AEL), Badger Meter ( BMI), Epoch Holding ( EPHC), Gorman Rupp ( GRC) and National Interstate ( NATL).

Some of last year's qualifiers are not included this year, simply because their market caps increased beyond the $2 billion mark. These include last year's top performer A.O. Smith ( AOS), as well as ITT ( ITT).

There may be value in doing a similar search that focuses on companies with market caps greater than $2 billion.

At the time of publication the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.
At the time of publication, Heller held no positions in stocks mentioned.

Jonathan Heller, CFA, is president of KEJ Financial Advisors, his fee-only financial planning company. Jon spent 17 years at Bloomberg Financial Markets in various roles, from 1989 until 2005. He ran Bloomberg's Equity Fundamental Research Department from 1994 until 1998, when he assumed responsibility for Bloomberg's Equity Data Research Department. In 2001, he joined Bloomberg's Publishing group as senior markets editor and writer for Bloomberg Personal Finance Magazine, and an associate editor and contributor for Bloomberg Markets Magazine. In 2005, he joined SEI Investments as director of investment communications within SEI's Investment Management Unit.

Jon is also the founder of the Cheap Stocks Web site, a site dedicated to deep-value investing. He has an undergraduate degree from Grove City College and an MBA from Rider University, where he has also served on the adjunct faculty; he is also a CFA charter holder.

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