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Small Cap Stars: Three Green Ways to Make Green

By  +Follow November 25, 2013 8:48AM
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The traditional perspective of the entrepreneur is a decidedly anti-environmental one. Doing something for the environment inevitably means hurting the bottom line for businesses. However, it doesn’t have to be one or the other. There’s plenty of ways to help the planet and make plenty of cash in the process, especially as industries around the world start looking for greener, more-efficient ways to operate.

Now, a savvy investor has any number of ways directing their capital that will benefit companies focused on environmentally responsible products without sacrificing any of the big returns they’re hoping for. And the Small-Cap Stars from Equities.com is no stranger to green companies with big returns. Our fundamental analysis of small-cap companies provides a clear methodology for identifying those stocks that are positioned to succeed based on an examination of other successful firms in their industry. And, so far, these companies have provided returns in excess of 35 percent in 2013.

So here’s a look at three small-cap industrial goods companies that are building products that help businesses operate in a more environmentally-friendly fashion.

CECO Environmental Corporation (CECE)

Market cap: $402.373 million

YTD return: 63.53 percent

CECO is a producer of air pollution control technology, producing products that reduce and eliminate toxic emissions from industrial processes. The company was already having a solid year through the first three quarters, up almost 35 percent. However, it kicked into another gear into another gear in October after a solid Q3 earnings report, and it’s up almost 20 percent just since the start of September.

US Ecology, Inc. (ECOL)

Market cap: $697.454 million

YTD return: 56.51 percent

US Ecology is in the business of cleaning things up. Through its subsidiaries, they provide hazardous, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB),  radioactive, and non-hazardous industrial waste management and recycling services for a variety of commercial and government entities that can include medical and academic institutions, electric utilities, refineries and chemical production facilities, manufacturers, and steel mills. The company saw a more-than 13 percent spike on October 29 after releasing a major earnings beat.

Fuel Tech, Inc. (FTEK)

Market cap: $135.629 million

YTD return: 34.46 percent

Fuel Tech provides air pollution reduction and boiler optimization solutions for industrial and utility companies, operating in the Air Pollution Control (APC) segment and Fuel Chem technology segment. Their fuel chem technology improves the efficiency and reliability by controlling slagging, fouling, and corrosion through the addition of chemicals to fuel. Their APC segment reduces the emission of mono-nitrogen oxide emissions in flue gas from incinerators, boilers, furnaces, and other stationary combustion units. It was the APC unit's major impovement that helped the company produce the excellent Q3 earnings that sparked an 18 percent gain on November 12.

DISCLOSURE: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors, and do not represent the views of equities.com. Readers should not consider statements made by the author as formal recommendations and should consult their financial advisor before making any investment decisions.


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WKRB News
2 Sep 14 06:29:35
US Ecology Stock Rating Lowered by Zacks $ECOL http://t.co/SSpSJUy65T
Financial Updates
1 Sep 14 11:17:04
$ECOL: US Ecology Downgraded by Zacks to “Neutral” (ECOL) http://t.co/SknTkKTSEA http://t.co/sov2mf33l7
US Banking News
1 Sep 14 11:08:54
US Ecology Downgraded to Neutral at Zacks $ECOL http://t.co/JGB6x6XizY
Sleek Money
1 Sep 14 10:37:56
US Ecology Downgraded by Zacks to “Neutral” $ECOL http://t.co/ebmVIHMnnH
InterCooler
1 Sep 14 10:21:24
US Ecology Downgraded by Zacks to “Neutral” $ECOL http://t.co/FxHRhPCJn3
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1 Sep 14 10:09:53
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Analyst Ratings
1 Sep 14 10:06:17
US Ecology downgraded by Zacks to neutral. $53.80 PT. http://t.co/vhymfSSp4R $ECOL #ECOL
US Consumer News
1 Sep 14 10:04:08
US Ecology downgraded by Zacks to neutral. $53.80 PT. http://t.co/atrHjpABoy $ECOL #ECOL
Financial News
31 Aug 14 11:16:50
$ECOL: US Ecology Now Covered by Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus (ECOL) http://t.co/hEgsd5BFn0 http://t.co/L3lXn7eb5U
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30 Aug 14 04:15:29
$ECOL:US 30Aug Positive News #Sentiment http://t.co/4WuQhrTA6r #NASDAQ
Business News
29 Aug 14 14:16:57
$ECOL: US Ecology Director Stephen A. Romano Unloads 10000 Shares (ECOL) http://t.co/UFiYUwK1G5 http://t.co/zRQBqhoUYT
$Stocknewsalerts
29 Aug 14 13:37:24
$ECOL ALERT: New US Ecology, Inc. SEC Filing From our Stock News Alerts App
BV Services
29 Aug 14 13:33:16
$ECOL Us Ecology, Inc files Form 8-K/A (Events or Changes Between Quarterly Reports) SEC Filing.. http://t.co/y53akXRbYd
fisayo tower
29 Aug 14 12:05:24
Whoooooa 2 yes!"@MPortfolios: It was a late start today. Spreadsheet updated to reflect $ECOL exit $WLK entry. $ECOL held 610 days, +88.85%
JeffBSF
29 Aug 14 10:53:03
It was a late start today. Spreadsheet updated to reflect $ECOL exit $WLK entry. $ECOL held 610 days, +88.85% net.
Small Cap Strategist
28 Aug 14 17:31:02
Hazardous waste handler US Ecology $ECOL is looks interesting on price pullback - http://t.co/gidTv3vY4Q http://t.co/dgbYDIFx1J #stockcharts
JeffBSF
28 Aug 14 17:05:05
$ECOL replacement is in fact $WLK. Exit & entry in the morning.
Business Headlines
28 Aug 14 14:17:18
$ECOL: US Ecology Now Covered by Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus (ECOL) http://t.co/RJLO7OhJtO http://t.co/nxTYe3A7c2
JeffBSF
28 Aug 14 13:47:24
$ECOL violates RStop on closing prices. Exit tomorrow morning, will post replacement posn after this evenings scan. [Currently $WLK]
Fred J. Damsen
28 Aug 14 11:48:26
#motleyfoolhiddengems #buynow 8/21/2014 $dorm $ftd $hy $lf $lulu $sstk $stag $trip $ecol $ua I'm long $trip.
JeffBSF
28 Aug 14 10:41:05
$ECOL in intraday violation of RStop [current calc 43.18]. Will update post close. Thru yest's data $WLK would be replacement.
JeffBSF
27 Aug 14 13:55:42
$ECOL does not trigger RStop, avoids by a nickel. On deathwatch.
Market News Desk
27 Aug 14 13:16:48
$ECOL: US Ecology Announces Schedule for Its Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Release ... http://t.co/zBfcMv9CZk http://t.co/S6sPVK8my6
Wall Street News
27 Aug 14 12:17:06
$ECOL: Q2 2014 US Ecology, Inc. Earnings Release - After Market Close http://t.co/S1Qmaqqc3H http://t.co/tAMdKFK5j4
JeffBSF
27 Aug 14 11:58:46
I'm guessing $ECOL probably won't trigger stop today, but if it did, based on yesterday's data $WLK would be next stock up.
JeffBSF
27 Aug 14 11:21:04
Worst performer in portfolio today is...today's add $UA. Other laggards incld $ECOL [near stop] $SUNE $HEES $MTOR $AKRX
JeffBSF
27 Aug 14 11:13:13
$ECOL .34 away from violating current RStop level. Based on closing prices, will update at that time. [Held since 12/27/12, +92.39%]
TickerChirp
26 Aug 14 08:26:05
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