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Meet the Small-Cap Stars who are Outperforming Today's Healthcare Market

By  +Follow November 19, 2013 11:44AM
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For investors, especially those with a knack for stock-picking, 2013 has been a banner year. But while the perception of less risk in equities has been one of the most significant factors in the impressive gains that have been made, relatively little attention has been devoted to how this has played out in healthcare.

Just as the tech industry is currently being turned on its head by the advent of mobile and cloud technology, and the oil & gas industry has dramatically changed as a result of the shale rush, the healthcare industry looks to be undergoing its own transformation as the focus turns to targeted treatments for ever-more specific and challenging diseases.

In all three cases, industry trends have been reflected in part through the performance of small-cap companies. For investors looking for high-returning prospects, the trick is in knowing how to sift through the data in order to find the companies with the kind of sound fundamentals that are best-suited to the direction in which their respective markets are heading.

Enter Equities.com’s Small Cap Stars series, a fundamentals-based research tool designed to help self-directed investors beat the crowds to some of the most promising small-cap equity vehicles around.

When it comes to the small-caps in healthcare, a good metric by which to judge performance is the PowerShares S&P Small-Cap Health Care ETF ($PSCH), whose returns seek to track the price and yield of the Standard & Poor’s SmallCap 600 Capped Health Care Index. PSCH is up about 50 percent on the year, to $53.15.

By contrast, here are some of the Small-Cap Stars who have outperformed the PSCH by a factor of at least two:

 

Lannett Co. Inc. (LCI)

Industry: Drug Manufacturers - Other

Market-Cap: $793.40 million

Price: $28.34

Year-to-Date Performance: + 456 percent

 

STAAR Surgical Company (STAA)

Industry: Medical Instruments & Supplies

Market-Cap: $494.20 million

Price: $13.03

Year-to-Date Performance: + 120 percent

 

NuVasive Inc. (NUVA)

Industry: Medical Appliances & Equipment

Market-Cap: $1.43 billion

Price: $32.60

Year-to-Date Performance: +107 percent

 

Rochester Medical Corp. (ROCM)

Industry: Medical Instruments & Supplies

Market-Cap: $247 million

Price: $20

Year-to-Date Performance: +98 percent

Results for LCI
Yahaira Landry
18 Apr 14 05:45:37
$LCI Lannett Receives FDA A http://t.co/mGx389Bqg8
Teo Black
18 Apr 14 03:11:34
$LCI Lannett Receives FDA Appro http://t.co/zk0bwEXpZD
Stockaholics
18 Apr 14 01:45:54
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17 Apr 14 22:25:26
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4-traders.com
17 Apr 14 21:50:04
Lannett : Gets FDA Approval for Diazepam Oral Solution (Concentrate), 5 mg/mL http://t.co/wyHdFEs96L $LCI
Ben Silverberg
17 Apr 14 15:57:02
$LCI B/O upper T/L Continuation Wedge signals uptrend to resume, S at 32.41, PT 47.00-50.00; Long Position http://t.co/X4WPw1t3sx
Mind Equity
17 Apr 14 08:55:44
$LCI 7:57 am Lannett receives FDA approval for http://t.co/YqYTWBlV1A
Denis Dufort
17 Apr 14 01:31:10
$LCI Hottest Healthcare Stocks Now – LCI LGND AGN ACT http://t.co/KrScoMsPSH
Adam Siepker©
16 Apr 14 22:38:50
@ExtremeBiotech I definitely agree. Worth the time to get the good ones. I wish I could find another $LCI. That one is so PERFECT!
Extreme Biotech
16 Apr 14 22:23:22
@SuperStockGuru $LCI is one of the most fundamentally STRONG. It got smashed with the momentum stocks. Easy a $50 stock.
Adam Siepker©
16 Apr 14 22:21:28
@ExtremeBiotech Okay, I already own a lot of $LCI, but I'll make sure to check out $CEMP.
Extreme Biotech
16 Apr 14 22:20:10
@SuperStockGuru I'm watching to see what happens tomorrow. I like $CEMP anywhere under $10 and am buying on pullbacks. Also $LCI.
Quinn Rouset
16 Apr 14 17:08:35
$LCI 7:57 am Lannett receives FDA approval http://t.co/6wHQ6E8SI5
Ignacio Johnson
16 Apr 14 14:52:49
$LCI 7:57 am Lannett receives FDA approval for http://t.co/ebLG43emQ8
Investing Sage
16 Apr 14 12:34:41
$LCI 7:57 am Lannett receives FDA approval for Diaze http://t.co/viy6ejiM4s
MAISA
16 Apr 14 04:33:27
$LCI_$30.91_it has received approval from the FDA of its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Diazepam Oral Solution (Concentrate)
Research Mogul
16 Apr 14 04:29:49
$LCI 7:57 am Lannett receives FDA approval for Diaze http://t.co/XKJqarrf2w
Lekisha Longoria
15 Apr 14 17:42:53
$LCI 7:57 am Lannett receives FDA approval for http://t.co/ojGWqjg2lO
Investment Ace
15 Apr 14 16:08:37
$LCI 7:57 am Lannett receives FDA approval http://t.co/wYTyQsBii6
4-traders.com
15 Apr 14 15:40:02
Lannett : 4/15/14 Lannett receives approval for Diazepam Oral Solution (Concentrate), 5 mg/mL http://t.co/Rcv1f60H6L $LCI
Emmanuel Gromer
15 Apr 14 15:31:36
$LCI Biggest Movers in Healthcare Stocks Now – PBH LCI ALNY CLVS http://t.co/dSLk0509J0
Emmanuel Gromer
15 Apr 14 10:10:05
$LCI 7:57 am Lannett receives FDA approval for Diazepam Oral Solution (Concentrate), 5 mg/mL http://t.co/pwJVpQbXE4
Emmanuel Gromer
15 Apr 14 10:10:05
$LCI Lannett Receives FDA Approval for Diazepam Oral Solution (Concentrate), 5 mg/mL http://t.co/K1GSLMvE0n
12Stocks.com
15 Apr 14 08:50:52
Smallcap #Stocks Performance $FXEN $CONN $NWY $PBH $ENOC $MPO $CIX $NEON $SFY $AFFX $MNTA $LCI $PENX more@ http://t.co/jIGfl7ofoU
Alexander Morris
15 Apr 14 06:54:03
$LCI: 3mRunaway+:1 [+6%], 3NearHi, 16:3Accel+, tf:0f; TLM:0.8; ILM:0.5, AvgDyV/R=1.04M/2.55[x0.8] (PotLONG); vl:6; rs:+94
Ben Silverberg
15 Apr 14 06:30:55
Commented on StockTwits: Its just talk about $LCI acquisition; wish I had crystal ball to see the future! http://t.co/5rRkaOVhoK
Bruce Tennen
15 Apr 14 06:09:59
Strong earnings from Coke (ppl still drinking soda) and $JNJ. Futures up. Keep an eye on $HALO $MSI $ZBRA $LCI $YHOO $SCHW
Ben Silverberg
15 Apr 14 05:46:53
Commented on StockTwits: Some discussion that lowered stock price makes $LCI a possible acquisition target http://t.co/zwFUXrypkm
Emmanuel Gromer
15 Apr 14 05:37:04
$LCI 7:57 am Lannett receives FDA approval for Diazepam Oral Solution (Concentrate), 5 mg/mL http://t.co/pwJVpQbXE4
Emmanuel Gromer
15 Apr 14 05:37:03
$LCI Lannett Receives FDA Approval for Diazepam Oral Solution (Concentrate), 5 mg/mL http://t.co/K1GSLMvE0n
Ben Silverberg
15 Apr 14 05:28:44
Quik Play: $LCI Lannett receives FDA approval for Diazepam Oral Solution ANDA; may stop the price decimation of late.
4-traders.com
15 Apr 14 05:00:03
Lannett : Receives FDA Approval for Diazepam Oral Solution (Concentrate), 5 mg/mL http://t.co/mbVK7j3Rsz $LCI
The Fly
15 Apr 14 04:58:25
$LCI Lannett receives FDA approval for Diazepam Oral Solution ANDA: Full Story http://t.co/iNgqVXTkqD
John Paul Montana
14 Apr 14 19:22:15
@silverjet2 does the current downtrend in $lci worry you even though it isn't company specific?
Shante Kincaid
14 Apr 14 19:09:10
$LCI Concert Pharmaceuticals http://t.co/F7Wjd1Q3mJ
Emmanuel Gromer
14 Apr 14 16:33:03
$LCI Hottest Healthcare Stocks Now – RMD COO AGN NEOG http://t.co/5IaTkutm2o
Cash Davis
14 Apr 14 16:24:43
$LCI Concert Pharmaceuticals http://t.co/409OgwC6FC
Ben Silverberg
14 Apr 14 14:04:18
@montana_jp At current basement prices $LCI should be an acquisition target.
Ben Silverberg
14 Apr 14 13:53:04
@montana_jp $LCI is a case of the Baby being thrown out with the bath water. Been shorting on the way down.
John Paul Montana
14 Apr 14 11:54:37
@silverjet2 was $lci overvalued? The outflow of money in the sector is crushing it.
Gigi Rhoads
14 Apr 14 10:13:42
$LCI Concert Pharmaceuticals http://t.co/Cyck9X8v0V
Emmanuel Gromer
14 Apr 14 06:47:05
$LCI NYSE losers: Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc (NYSE:NSM), Lannett Company ... http://t.co/XmBNJqbW9I
Yehuda Jarvis
13 Apr 14 16:05:02
$LCI Concert Pharmaceuticals http://t.co/UEdbj14XP1
Marin Calderon
13 Apr 14 11:30:07
$LCI Concert Pharmaceuticals http://t.co/DzSuD4Wq6L
Ali Garrot
13 Apr 14 10:58:31
$LCI Endocyte (ECYT) in Focus: S http://t.co/imQcm8nfim
Esau Cooper
12 Apr 14 14:59:06
$LCI Endocyte (ECYT) in Focus: S http://t.co/o45OMJGdvC
Aaron
12 Apr 14 08:42:02
$lci a good perspective for biotechers. Down 33% in 2 months, up 500% since jan 2013 http://t.co/1WbQNvT7sQ
Mari Keith
12 Apr 14 08:32:25
$LCI Endocyte (ECYT) in Focus: S http://t.co/GUAz5HtoNn
Adam Siepker©
11 Apr 14 15:36:07
@montana_jp Plus $LCI is undiscovered, once it reaches a market cap to where it is acceptable for a fund to put large amount of money in, ☝.
				
				
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