Avocados and 3 other rallying small-caps to fatten your portfolio.

James Dennin, Kapitall: These 4 rallying small-caps give you leverage on agricultural commodities, oil, real estate, and consumer goods. 

The first quarter of 2014 wasn't great for stocks as investors moved out of equities and into more conservative assets like gold, currency, and bonds. 

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That trend seems likely to be short-lived. 

Investors have taken more money out of ETFs that track US debt than at any time since 2010 due to increasingly bullish news from the Fed.

All eyes will be on US unemployment numbers this week where good news will encourage more risk-taking and economic activity. 

Bloomberg notes that investors have started to move their assets into riskier bets like small-cap stocks. If the index sees more interest from the market, then rallying companies there would do even better. 

Since small-caps are riskier than other stocks, we made the screen more rigorous than usual. To get through, companies needed to show at least 15% sales growth quarter over quarter and return on equity (ROE) of at least 15%. Successful candidates also had to have low debt and an encouraging Dupont breakdown.

Read more about commodities as a portfolio hedge.

The Dupont breakdown goes beyond ROE to describe exactly where a company's return on equity is coming from: higher profits and greater sales. 

Just 4 small-cap stocks made it through our screen. 

​Click on the interactive chart to view data over time. 

1.Calavo Growers Inc. ( CVGW):Procures and markets avocados and other perishable commodities, and prepares and distributes processed avocado products in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $552.93M, most recent closing price at $35.16.

MRQ net profit margin at 2.37% vs. 1.94% y/y. MRQ sales/assets at 0.717 vs. 0.645 y/y. MRQ assets/equity at 1.854 vs. 1.925 y/y.  

ROE: 15.4%

LTDebt/Equity: 0.05

Sales Growth Quarter over Quarter: 20.6%
 

 

2.G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. ( GIII):Designs, manufactures, imports, and markets a range of outerwear and sportswear apparel to retailers primarily in the United States. Market cap at $1.42B, most recent closing price at $69.60.

MRQ net profit margin at 8.91% vs. 8.88% y/y. MRQ sales/assets at 0.666 vs. 0.581 y/y. MRQ assets/equity at 1.983 vs. 2.231 y/y.

ROE: 16.3%

LTDebt/Equity: 0.04

Sales Growth Quarter over Quarter: 23%

 

3.Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. ( PHX):Engages in the acquisition, management, exploration, and development of oil and natural gas properties. Market cap at $348.21M, most recent closing price at $42.30.

MRQ net profit margin at 26.79% vs. 15.16% y/y. MRQ sales/assets at 0.122 vs. 0.106 y/y. MRQ assets/equity at 1.512 vs. 1.573 y/y.  

ROE: 18%

LTDebt/Equity: 0.06

Sales Growth Quarter over Quarter: 29.6%

 

 

4.Texas Pacific Land Trust ( TPL):Engages in the sale, lease, and management of land in the United States. Market cap at $1.07B, most recent closing price at $126.28.

MRQ net profit margin at 60.16% vs. 56.53% y/y. MRQ sales/assets at 0.559 vs. 0.343 y/y. MRQ assets/equity at 1.247 vs. 1.358 y/y.  

ROE: 161.5%

LTDebt/Equity: 0.00

Sales Growth Quarter over Quarter: 71.2%

 

( List compiled by James Dennin, a Kapitall Writer. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research. All other data sourced from Finviz.)

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