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Our Top 5 Small-Cap Stocks to Buy Now

These companies have positive momentum entering the final quarter of 2011

By Louis Navellier, Editor, Blue Chip Growth

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2011 MoneyIf anything, the past month has been a great test in showing which stocks are robust under any circumstances. Over a span of two months (average) each one of the stocks that make up my “Top 5 Small-Caps” list have yielded an average return of 21%!

And there is no sign of stopping this momentum; each of these companies has a history of surpassing analysts’ expectations and they all have phenomenal outlooks for the upcoming quarter and the remainder of 2011.

So, if you have some extra cash, be sure to scoop up these hot tamales while the prices are still reasonable!

Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Jazz PharmaceuticalsJazz Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:JAZZ) is the No. 1 stock that I recommend you add to your holdings this month. In the last quarter, thanks to its successful narcolepsy treatment, Xyrem, the California-based drugmaker posted a 60% surge in sales and a 266% spike in profit! JAZZ experienced a minor sell-off in the month because some long-term investors thought that they should lock in gains on JAZZ’s fabulous run before volatility picked up. Of course, these investors completely jumped the gun; since its dip on Aug. 8, the stock has rebounded 31%! This proves that JAZZ is an incredibly robust stock that can withstand just about anything. Here’s more food for thought: For the past quarter, JAZZ’s biotech peers have been contracting, with the average quarterly performance being an 19% loss for the entire industry. In the meantime, JAZZ has been plugging along, with its price appreciating a hefty 45% in the past quarter!

Hansen Natural Corporation

Hansen's Natural LogoHansen Natural Corporation (NASDAQ:HANS) is an 80-year-old beverage producer with great 21st century appeal. Hansen boasts 30 fruit and spice soda flavors, vitamin waters, teas, lemonades and — of course — the wildly successful Monster Energy drink line. As Hansen keeps its customers hydrated, HANS keeps its investors happy. What’s really exciting about this stock is that even though energy drinks are well established in the U.S., many emerging markets remain untapped. As a result, Hansen has been going full tilt with its Monster Energy drink, launching the popular beverage in Greece, Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Portugal and Colombia in just the past eight months! The company also has plans to continue its conquest of Central and Eastern Europe, South America and Asia.

Zagg Inc logoZagg Inc.

Like the military-grade protective coverings it makes, nothing can scratch Zagg Inc. (NASDAQ:ZAGG). Of course, as Zagg is a household name in protecting our precious gadgets, its products are a hot commodity. Just like in the case with JAZZ, earlier this month some investors locked in gains on ZAGG’s tremendous run, causing the stock to dip. But, those investors are now kicking themselves for jumping the gun because since dropping on Aug. 8, ZAGG has surged 26%! With more than 5,000 designs available of its patented invisibleSHIELD alone, Zagg’s products are hot. Earlier this month, Zagg announced that its wireless device accessories will be distributed through U.S. Cellular locations, which is the sixth-largest wireless company in the U.S. The company also is on pace to post record full-year earnings this year.

Twin Disc Inc.

Twin Disc LogoAs an expert in hydraulic torque converters, power-shift transmissions and industrial clutches, Twin Disc Inc. (NASDAQ:TWIN) is a heavy-duty company with heavy-duty earnings. Earlier this month, company leadership announced that this year was the company’s best year since the economic downturn, and the last quarter brought in the highest sales to date! Fueled by strong demand from the oil and gas industry, Twin’s fourth-quarter sales skyrocketed 51%, and earnings exploded by 273%. Analysts can’t even nail down this company’s potential — during the last four quarters, Twin has boasted an average earnings surprise of 93%!

Diamond Foods Inc.

Diamond Foods LogoWith 99-year old nut maker Diamond Foods Inc. (NASDAQ:DMND), “once you pop, the fun don’t stop.” If that phrase had you thinking more about potato crisps than holiday nuts, you’re not imagining things — that has been the long-running slogan of the Pringles potato crisp brand. But with Diamond Foods slated to acquire the Pringles chip business, becoming the second-largest global snacks company, the fun isn’t going to stop. Earlier this month, Diamond Foods received final regulatory approval to buy Pringles from Procter & Gamble for $2.35 billion, adding to Diamond’s other acquisitions of Pop Secret popcorn and Kettle Brand chips. As Diamond Foods continues to diversify, its reliance on major customers is shrinking, giving it better leverage. Nonetheless, even though the company is expanding, Diamond is making sure that its original product — assorted nuts — still is top quality.

As of this writing, Louis Navellier was recommending all of these stocks in his Emerging Growth stock newsletter.


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