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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.

Results for ECOL
23 Apr 14 22:07:04
$ECOL US Ecology, Inc. to Present at Wunderlich Securities WasteExpo Investor Summit ... http://t.co/yo10fxdpmS
23 Apr 14 03:30:16
$ECOL US Ecology, Inc. to Present at Wunderlich Securities WasteExpo Investor Summit on Monday April 28th http://t.co/cpRWIdoB3o
23 Apr 14 03:12:12
$ECOL - US Ecology, Inc. to Present at Wunderlich Securities WasteExpo Investo... -> http://t.co/aXeph1yhDz #stock #stocks #stockaction
23 Apr 14 03:02:42
$ECOL US Ecology, Inc. to Present at Wunderlich Securities WasteExpo Investor Summit on Monday April 28th
23 Apr 14 03:00:05
US Ecology : to Present at Wunderlich Securities WasteExpo Investor Summit on Monday April 28th http://t.co/kezPs6n9eI $ECOL
Barron's 400 Index
22 Apr 14 14:06:39
Barron's 400 top MTD winners: Repligen $RGEN +21.77% Questcor $QCOR +19.56% US Ecology $ECOL +18.10%
22 Apr 14 08:59:15
US Ecology Inc: The stock is testing its highs. $ECOL http://t.co/F8BFIqBk7A http://t.co/waYYvmFnmJ
22 Apr 14 08:52:31
4 positions make new highs today $GBX $MU $THRM $ECOL. Bringing up the rear $NYNY [up 14% yest] $ADS $HSY $FMC $WHR $MCK $WMB
21 Apr 14 12:24:05
$ECOL Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage increases http://t.co/baPkqZLNZ3
21 Apr 14 05:52:00
http://t.co/1SpG4zCkCH - Posted a New Watchlist: There Were Five Watch List Winners Last Week !! $JAKK $EDGW $REI $ECOL $SPCB
19 Apr 14 22:56:02
$ECOL Seven days of play in paradise, April 20 - 26 http://t.co/V1b7TL9J7D
19 Apr 14 02:16:44
ECOL 43.41 Stock Charts $ECOL US Ecology Inc. (NASDAQ) ECOL Stock Chart - 1 Month http://bigcharts.marketwatch http://t.co/teFFNRqbQt
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19 Apr 14 00:00:03
$ECOL The Best LED Light Bulbs for Vivid, Rich Colors http://t.co/RRZAh77J7Y
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18 Apr 14 11:38:05
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17 Apr 14 20:29:52
US Ecology (ECOL) 43.41 $ECOL American Ecology Has Returned 13.5% Since SmarTrend Recommendation (ECOL) Comtex http://t.co/DWyP3AAlZx
17 Apr 14 16:14:10
Small Cap Report: Best And Worst $DXPE $EXAM $GB $ARTC $BDBD $ECOL $CYTR $DRRX $EVC $NVAX $PGNX http://t.co/0Xk6jPf3iJ
17 Apr 14 09:58:35
US Ecology Inc: The stock is testing its highs. $ECOL http://t.co/2C3bccwQNA http://t.co/tlPxtjXsPA
Lutz Braune
16 Apr 14 23:55:04
$ECOL Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage increases http://t.co/Vdi12pO2l9
Lutz Braune
16 Apr 14 23:27:04
$ECOL Recreational opportunities bountiful in coming months http://t.co/Oreadl5qtW
16 Apr 14 21:30:10
$ECOL The making of Atlantic salmon http://t.co/DH3y6Rh70m
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