From the desk of Steve Strazza @Sstrazza
Welcome to our latest “Minor Leaguers” report.
We recently decided to expand our universe to include some mid-caps…
For about a year now, we’ve focused only on Russell 2000 stocks with a market cap between $1 and $2B. That was fun, but it’s time we branch out a bit and allow some new stocks to find their way onto our list.
The way we’re doing this is simple…
To make the cut for our new Minor Leaguers list, a company must have a market cap between $1 and $4B. And it doesn’t have to be a Russell component–it can be any US-listed equity. With participation expanding around the globe, we want all those ADRs in our universe.
The same price and liquidity filters are applied. Then, as always, we sort by proximity to new highs in order to focus on the best players. But instead of all-time highs, we’re sorting by 52-week highs these days as we don’t want to discriminate against energy or other cyclical stocks.
The goal is still to catch the strongest names while they’re small and have serious upside potential. If any of these stocks ever climb the ranks to the big leagues, the returns could be huge. We’re looking at up to 10x moves just to break into large-cap land!
Let’s dive into this week’s report and see what’s happening in some of the hottest stocks in the Minor Leagues.
Both the mid-cap S&P 400 and the small-cap Russell 2000 recently broke higher from their year-to-date ranges. But bulls didn’t get the kind of follow-through they hoped for, as price has retraced much of those gains already. Mid-caps are still holding on to their new highs, but small-caps have fallen back into their prior range.
Here’s a look at the current breakout and throwback in the iShares Russell 2000 $IWM:
The biggest question right now is, will former resistance turn into support?
If the index is above its Q1 highs, this breakout is valid, and the bias is to the upside. We want to be buying stocks and betting on a fresh leg higher as long as this remains the case.
When we go through a corrective phase, as we have for much of this year, it can give us valuable insight into which stocks are likely to be leaders once the selling pressure alleviates.
We’ve spent the past few quarters buying pockets of strength in this universe as the indexes have gone sideways. Now that the indexes are resolving higher, it’s no surprise to see so many familiar names on our list. It’s the same stocks outperforming today.
It’s normal for the strongest stocks during weakness to emerge as leaders when that volatility subsides.
Here’s our current list:
Since we sort our list by proximity to 52-week highs, the names toward the top are potential future leaders. They’re not just exhibiting impressive relative strength. They’re also making new highs on an absolute basis.
With that as our backdrop, let’s take the field and highlight this week’s top players!
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