Which Small Cap Stocks Performed the Best in the First Half of 2015?

Ryan Bhandari |

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Over the first six months of 2015, the market has not performed very well. Since the 1st of the year, the DJIA has essentially remained the same (down 0.4% to be exact). The S&P 500 has also practically remained the same. The NASDAQ has had modest gains, but nothing exceptional. But while the market may not have performed great, there are certain stocks that did. Here are the ten best performing small-cap stocks for the first six months of the year.

Nobilis Health Corp (NHC)

Current Market Cap: 422.76M

Increase in Market Since Jan 1: 608.33%

Sector: Healthcare

Nobilis Health Corp manages and acquires ambulatory surgical centers and healthcare facilities in the United States. It was founded in 2007 and it’s headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advaxis Inc. (ADXS)

Current Market Cap: 638.16M

Increase in Market Since Jan 1: 545.4%

Sector: Healthcare

Advaxis Inc. is a clinical stage biotechnology company that focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of Lm-LLO cancer immunotherapies in the United States. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Princeton, New Jersey.

National Health Trends Corp (NHTC)

Current Market Cap: 521.57M

Increase in Market Since Jan 1: 520.66%

Sector: Consumer Goods

National Health Trends Corp is a direct selling and e-commerce company that provides wellness, beauty, and lifestyle products for consumers and business builders. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc. (EGRX)

Current Market Cap: 1.26B

Increase in Market Since Jan 1: 464.27%

Sector: Healthcare

Eagle Pharmaceuticals is a company that focuses on developing and commercializing injectable products in the oncology and critical care areas. The company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Esperion Therapeutics Inc. (ESPR)

Current Market Cap: 1.84B

Increase in Market Since Jan 1: 416.16%

Sector: Healthcare

Esperion Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company that focuses on research, development, and commercialization of lipoprotein cholesterol lowering therapies for patients with hypercholesterolemia and other cardio metabolic risk markers. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD)

Current Market Cap: 1.6B

Increase in Market Since Jan 1: 323.65%

Sector: Healthcare

Amicus Therapeutics focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of medicines for various rare and orphan diseases. The company was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Cranbury, New Jersey.

Vimicro International Corp. (VIMC)

Current Market Cap: 345.16M

Increase in Market Since Jan 1: 316.73%

Sector: Technology

Vimicro International designs, develops, and markets semiconductor products with multimedia applications in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and the United States. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Beijing, China.

InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (NVIV)

Current Market Cap: 428.94M

Increase in Market Since Jan 1: 288.22%

Sector: Healthcare

InVivo Therapeutics Holdings is a research and clinical-stage biomaterials and Biotechnology Company focusing on developing and commercializing technologies and treatments for spinal cord injuries. The company was founded in 2005 and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Adeptus Health Inc. ($ADPT)

Current Market Cap: 1.99B

Increase in Market Since Jan 1: 274.42%

Sector: Healthcare

Adeptus Health Inc. owns and operates a network of independent and freestanding emergency rooms throughout the United States. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Lewisville, Texas.

Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TTPH)

Current Market Cap: 1.71B

Increase in Market Since Jan 1: 251.67%

Sector: Healthcare

Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that develops various antibiotics for the treatment of serious and life-threatening multi-drug resistant infections. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Conclusion

The most successful small-cap companies over the beginning of this year have been healthcare companies. Eight of the top ten best performing companies are in the industry. Six of those eight healthcare companies are pharmaceuticals focused on developing treatments for diseases. If you’re looking for new investments for the second half of the year, you might want to consider moving money into some small-cap healthcare stocks. 

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
NHC National HealthCare Corporation 72.75 2.65 3.78 49,828
FOLD Amicus Therapeutics Inc. 5.85 -0.02 -0.26 1,324,879
EGRX Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc. 74.46 -1.74 -2.28 206,452
TTPH Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals Inc. 4.55 0.06 1.38 173,472
ESPR Esperion Therapeutics Inc. 11.62 0.12 1.04 103,387
ADXS Advaxis Inc. 8.59 -0.02 -0.23 221,994
NHTC Natural Health Trends Corp. 24.58 0.33 1.36 39,507
ADPT Adeptus Health Inc. 8.30 0.28 3.49 511,321
NVIV InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. 4.60 -0.15 -3.16 145,064
VIMC Vimicro International Corporation n/a n/a n/a 0

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