E Best And Worst Small Cap Stocks - Thursday, March 2

  • The best small cap sector is financials.
  • The top small cap industry is semi ICs.

The average score in small cap is 56.97. Over the past four weeks, the score's average is 57.85. The average small cap stock in our coverage is trading -22.09% below its 52 week high, 4.59% above its 200 dma, and has 7.07 days to cover held short.

The top small cap sector is financials. Industrial goods and technology also score above the universe average score. Consumer, utilities, and services score in line. Basics and healthcare score below average.

The following stocks score best and worst in small cap this week.

The next chart shows historical small cap scores by sector over time.

The strongest small cap industries right now are semi ICs (DIOD), semi equipment (UTEK, OSIS, TSRA), and S&Ls (NWBI, BRKL, OCFC, DCOM). Trucking (SAIA, MRTN) and regional banks (LTXB, MBWM, LKFN, CFNL) are also top scoring.

In case missed the large and mid cap report this week, here's the semiconductor monthly performance chart again. The chart provides additional insight into the strength we've been witnessing in the semi groups. Typically, book-to-bill peaks in the second quarter, and semi stocks have put up their best returns between December and May.

Focus on large cap and mid cap in basic materials. No small cap basics baskets score above average this week. In consumer goods, auto parts (MTOR) are best. In financials, the top baskets are S&Ls, regional banks, and P&C insurers (STFC). Specialized health (BEAT, USPH), home health (CHE, AFAM), and medical appliances (WMGI, RTIX, CYNO, OFIX, NXTM, ELOS, CUTR) are the top baskets in healthcare. General building materials (HW) and heavy construction (AEGN) offer upside in industrials. The highest scoring services industries include trucking, staffing (CDI), and catalogs (NSIT). In technology, focus on semi ICs, semi equipment, and scientific & technical instruments (PRCP, IIVI).

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