Best And Worst Small Caps - Thursday, Dec. 15

  • The strongest small cap sector is industrial goods.
  • The best small cap industry is staffing/outsourcing.

The average small cap score this week is 62.35. Over hte past four weeks, the average score is 61.51. The average small cap stock in our universe is trading -20.96% below its 52 week high, 6.82% above its 200 dma, and has 7.12 days to cover held short.

The best small cap sector is industrial goods. Financials, utilities, services, and consumer goods are top scoring. Technology scores in line with the average small cap score. Basics and healthcare score below average.

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

Staffing & outsourcing (CCRN, BBSI, KFY), P&C insurance (STFC, HMN), auto parts (SRI, SMP), heavy construction (AEGN, GVA), and networking & communication devices (SILC, SMCI, DGII) are the strongest scoring small cap industries. 

In basics, buy steel & iron (ZEUS, ROCK, HAYN, AKS) and oil & gas drilling (PKD, GIFI). Auto parts is the best consumer goods industry. P&C insurance, S&Ls (NWBI, FBC, BRKL), and regional banks (TBBK, TCBK, LTXB, MBWM, CFNL) offer upside in financials. The top healthcare baskets are medical instruments (ANGO, CMN, VASC, OSUR, MMSI, ATRC, ATRI) and specialized health services (USPH). In industrials, focus on heavy construction, industrial electrical (BGC, DAKT), and general building materials (HW). Staffing/outsourcing, trucking (MRTN, KNX, SAIA), and education (UTI, STRA) are attractive in services. Networking & communications devices, diversified electronics (MEI, BELFB, IVAC), and Internet information (BCOR) providers are top scoring in technology. 

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