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4 Small-Cap Powerhouses That Skyrocketed in June

Published 2023-06-29, 06:01 a/m
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  • Small caps have had a very strong June, outperforming the S&P 500
  • One way to invest in small caps is through dedicated ETFs
  • Another way is to buy high-flying small caps that we will discuss in this article
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  • While the technology-focused Nasdaq and the Japanese Nikkei 225 have had all the attention due to their impressive rallies this year, it's important to redirect our focus towards another category of stocks that have been performing exceptionally well, particularly in recent times.

    Enter the realm of small-cap companies. These companies, with market capitalizations typically ranging between $300 million and $2 billion in the United States, have demonstrated strong performance relative to the broader market.

    In Europe, the threshold for defining a company as a small cap would be €3 billion. Beyond these levels, we find mid-cap and large-cap companies.

    In the United States, small companies constitute over 60% of the market, while in Europe, their representation is slightly above 50%. This highlights the significance of the small-cap sector, making it an area worth monitoring.

    Various small-cap indexes exist to track the performance of these companies. In Europe, small caps can be tracked by the EURO STOXX Small Cap, while in the United States by the S&P 600 Small Cap and the US Small Cap 2000.

    Investing in small caps can be accomplished through specialized investment vehicles such as mutual funds and ETFs. Here are a few examples:

    1. Invesco S&P SmallCap 600 Pure Value ETF (NYSE:RZV)

    2. SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Small Cap ETF (NYSE:EWX)

    3. First Trust Developed Markets ex-US Small Cap AlphaDEX Fund (NASDAQ:FDTS)
    4. L&G Russell 2000 US Small Cap UCITS ETF USD Accumulate (LON:RTWO)
    5. SPDR® MSCI Europe Small Cap Value Weighted UCITS ETF EUR Acc (ETR:ZPRX)

    A compelling illustration of the strength of small caps lies in the S&P 600 Small Cap ETF (NYSE:SLY) which significantly outperformed the S&P 500 in June. In fact, the majority of small-cap stocks have experienced notable growth this month.

    Interestingly, the IFA U.S. Small Company index has delivered an impressive annual return of +11.1% since 1928, outperforming the +9.9% annualized gain of the S&P 500 over the same period.

    Now, let's examine a selection of highly promising small-cap stocks that are experiencing robust growth this June. To conduct our analysis, we will leverage InvestingPro, which provides us with comprehensive data and valuable insights.

    1. Caleres

    Caleres (NYSE:CAL) is a prominent American footwear company headquartered in Clayton, Missouri. With a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1878 as Bryan, Brown & Company in St. Louis, the company has undergone several name changes throughout its existence. Caleres currently owns and operates numerous footwear brands, positioning itself as a key player in the industry.

    Caleres Dividend Data

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    It pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share ($0.07 each quarter). The yield is +1.16%.

    Caleres Earnings

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    Caleres is scheduled to present its financial results on September 5. Notably, the company's previous earnings, released on June 1, EPS surpassed expectations.

    Caleres  Investing Models

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    InvestingPro models give it a potential of $33.45.

    Caleres  Price History

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    The stock is up +34.77% in June.

    Caleres Daily Chart

    2. Quanex Building Products Corporation

    Quanex Building Products (NYSE:NX) is a global manufacturing company serving manufacturers in the cabinetry, solar, refrigeration, and outdoor products markets.

    Quanex Building Products Corporation Dividends

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    Quanex Building Products is another company that pays a dividend of $0.32 per year, with a quarterly distribution of $0.08. This results in a dividend yield of approximately +1.24% based on the current stock price.

    The next dividend from Quanex Building Products is scheduled to be distributed on June 30.

    Quanex Building Products Corporation Earnings

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    Quanex Building Products is set to announce its financial results on September 7. In the previous release on June 1, the company reported positive results that exceeded market expectations.

    Quanex Building Products Corporation EPS Forecasts

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    The stock is up +21.41% in June.

    Quanex Building Products Corporation Price History

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    Quanex Building Products Investing Models

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    InvestingPro models give it a potential of $32.58.

    Quanex Building Products Corporation Daily Chart

    3. CIRCOR International

    CIRCOR International, Inc. (NYSE:CIR) is a renowned global supplier of products and services catering to industrial, aerospace, and defense markets. It boasts a diverse portfolio of products from top brands, which it distributes through various partners to over 14,000 customers across 100 countries. With a global presence, its headquarters are located in Burlington, Massachusetts.

    The company is expected to release its financial results on August 10. The market has raised revenue expectations for the quarter, indicating anticipated strong performance. Furthermore, the company forecasts a more than +13% increase in earnings for the year, projecting earnings per share of $2.07. Over the next five fiscal years, net income growth is predicted to average around +37%.

    Circor International EPS Forecasts

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    The previous earnings report was on May 11, and they far exceeded market forecasts.

    Circor International Earnings

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    BlackRock is the top equity holder, and Vanguard is the third.

    Circor International Price History

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    CIRCOR International's stock has demonstrated remarkable growth in recent times. In the month of June alone, its shares have surged by +77%, and over the past 12 months, they have soared by an impressive +239.87%.

    Circor International Weekly Chart

    4. Designer Brands

    Designer Brands (NYSE:DBI) is a company that specializes in designing, producing, and retailing footwear and accessories brands. With over 1,000 distribution points, it offers a wide range of branded and designer footwear and accessories for both dress and casual sports occasions. The company's first store opened in 1991 in Dublin, Ohio, and it has since expanded to operate more than 500 stores across 44 states.

    Designer Brands Dividend

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    Designer Brands Dividend History

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    Distributes an annual dividend of $0.20 per share ($0.05 each quarter) with a yield of +2.02%.

    Designer Brands Buyback Yield

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    Designer Brands has pursued an aggressive share repurchase strategy, resulting in repurchase yields of +19.6% over the past 12 months.

    It reports results on August 29.

    Designer Brands Price History

    Source: InvestingPro

    Its shares are up +52.64% in June.

    Designer Brands Daily Chart

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