This Month's Foolish 8 Stocks

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This article is part of ourRising Star Portfolios series.

Over the next couple of days, I'll be gathering more small- and mid-cap candidates for my Rising Star "multivitamin" portfolio using my Foolish 8 and modified Foolish 8 screens. Today I present the Foolish 8, which was developed by Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner to identify profitable, rapid-growth, small-cap stocks. Here are the eight criteria:

  1. Revenues: $500 million or less.
  2. Earnings and sales growth: 25% or greater.
  3. Net profit margin: 7% or greater.
  4. Daily dollar volume: $1 million to $25 million.
  5. Insider holdings: 10% or greater.
  6. Share price: $7 or greater.
  7. Relative strength: 90 or greater.
  8. Operating cash flow: a positive number.

The contenders
Six companies passed the screen this month:

Company

Market Cap
(in Millions)

Business

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3-D Systems (NYS: DDD) $8003-D printers and productsAdd
Acme Packet (NAS: APKT) $3,128Communications equipmentAdd
Interactive Intelligence
(NAS: ININ)
$653Business softwareAdd
IPG Photonics (NAS: IPGP) $2,720Networking equipmentAdd
SolarWinds (NYS: SWI) $1,577Business softwareAdd
Virtusa (NAS: VRTU) $367IT consultingAdd

Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's.

SolarWinds is the only new stock on the list this month. Seven dropped off from last month: Financial Engines, Gulfport Energy (NAS: GPOR) , HFF, Houston American Energy, Nanometrics, Preformed Line Products, and Transcend Services.

Biggie smalls
Here's a look at some interesting metrics for these small fries:

Company

Insider Ownership

Forward P/E

EV/FCF (TTM)

ROE

Net Margin

3-D Systems12%45.725.921%18%
Acme Packet17%64.3NM16%19%
Interactive Intelligence24%25.543.718%9%
IPG Photonics26%54.1NM27%23%
SolarWinds23%29.923.930%31%
Virtusa13%22.099.09%8%

Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's. P/E = price-to-earnings ratio; EV = enterprise value; FCF = free cash flow; TTM = trailing 12 months; ROE = return on equity. NM = not meaningful because of negative free cash flow.

If any of these companies look interesting enough for me to research further, I'll delve more into the reasoning behind the negative FCF.

Tomorrow, I'll show you the results of this month's modified Foolish 8 screen and then talk about the companies that interest me from both screens in more depth.

If you're interested in keeping up with any of these companies, add them to your free watchlist by clicking the "add" button in the far-right column of the top table. You can also follow me on Twitter and check out the multivitamin discussion board. Until tomorrow!

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At the time this article was published Fool analyst Rex Moore reminds you that time always holds the winning hand. He owns no companies mentioned here. The Motley Fool owns shares of IPG Photonics and 3D Systems.Motley Fool newsletter serviceshave recommended buying shares of Interactive Intelligence Group, IPG Photonics, and Acme Packet. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.

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