Hidden Stocks for High Returns


Although some investors pile into momentum stocks looking to ride the wave higher, others choose to buy into those overlooked by Wall Street and Main Street, preferring to find undervalued gems to invest in. The former investors flash and crash when the momentum goes cold, while the latter have a better shot at delivering outsized gains over the long haul.

The Motley Fool CAPS community knows a bargain when it sees one. Below, you'll find two under-the-radar stocks that brim with promise. These companies have garnered 100 or less active recommendations on CAPS, but the community thinks they still have outsized potential.


CAPS Rating(out of 5)

No. of Active Picks

EPS Growth Last Yr.

Est. EPS Growth This Yr.

Triangle Petroleum (NAS: TPLM)





Velti (NAS: VELT)





Source: Motley Fool CAPS.

Naturally, we want you to look a bit closer at these stocks before buying. Investors may be staying away from these stocks for a reason, so make sure there's nothing seriously wrong with the company before you plug it into your own portfolio.

If you're going to look for oil and gas, there's no better place than the Bakken shale and Three Forks region of the Williston Basin. The boom under way is unprecedented, as Continental Resources (NYS: CLR) , Kodiak Oil & Gas (NYS: KOG) , and a host of other drillers dig deeper to get at the riches that the region holds. While no one knows how much larger it can grow, it's generally agreed that the end is nowhere in sight.

That's what makes Triangle Petroleum's entrance into the Bakken so interesting. It might be small compared to its mighty brethren, and it might be somewhat late to the game, but even at this stage, it can handsomely profit.

Analysts are expecting the Bakken shale region to continue being the key to domestic production, with regulators in North Dakota calling for it to double to more than a billion barrels a day by 2015. Continental's Chairman and CEO Harold Hamm says he thinks the estimates are low.

The Fool's Sean Williams says Triangle has four rigs in play right now, but expects to more than triple that number by the end of next January. The potential that the upstart holds caused Sean to recently name Triangle his "CAPScall of the Week." I concur, and have rated the oil and gas play to outperform the market indexes as well, joining with CAPS member talmidchacham, who says that Triangle is "expanding rapidly in the Bakken region, [has] undergone a significant change of management and [has] no debt with a lot of extra cash."

Let me know in the comments section below, or on the Triangle Petroleum CAPS page, whether you think it's something of a round peg in a square hole; then add the stock to the Fool's customized portfolio tracking service to receive updates on its efforts to be rockin' the Bakken.

Going mobile
We're all well aware of the wasteland that has become the print advertising market. Even if Warren Buffett is buying up reams of newspapers, it doesn't change the trend that news is now consumed online and on the go.

According to the market researchers at inneractive, in 2011 ad clicks jumped more than 700%, while ad revenues surged 522%. Perhaps not unsurprisingly, North America saw the greatest growth, with a near-1,000% increase in ad requests, followed by Europe at 712%. It seems that even though the eurozone is poised on the edge of collapse, consumers still want to spend money with advertisers. Moreover, Google (NAS: GOOG) has reported that the number of paid ad clicks on its Web pages rose 39% in the first quarter, but its cost-per-click fell 12%, because consumers accessed the service via mobile devices.

These trends are good news for mobile ad agency Velti, which has had a rough go of it -- its stock lost half its value over the last 12 months. The market's reaction to its earnings news is a bit perplexing, because its own revenues grew 51% in the first quarter. It did, however, generate a $0.02 per-share loss. The size of the average mobile transaction on the Velti platform rose 9% in May to $3.22, compared with three months earlier.

The company raised its full year guidance, as well, so it's hard to see why the shares have sold off. Sure, cash balances dropped, and the time it took to collect receivables grew, but analysts view these developments as "growing pains."

Maybe it's because, as CAPS member dppxs says, Velti is domiciled in Greece, and investors were exceptionally wary of investing. Worse, he says, it has "huge OPEX, [is] over-staffed and with minimal profitability margins." He's rated it to underperform the market indexes on CAPS. You can add Velti to your Watchlist, and let us know in the comments section below whether you think there's a profitable future ahead for a company in the midst of some wild growth trends.

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