Buy these 7 unheralded stocks right now for near-term upside of at least 25% as growth accelerates to a new level, RBC says

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While investors watch the presidential election, the will-they-or-won’t-they stimulus talks on Capitol Hill, and the latest COVID-19 and economic numbers, it would be understandable if other developments slip through the cracks.

In case traders are otherwise occupied, a team of analysts at RBC is filling in by collecting its best US small-company stock ideas as the fourth quarter gets underway. It’s also timely because after the initial stages of the market’s rally were dominated by larger companies, small caps have caught fire recently.

If stocks follow their historic patterns, smaller companies could be the biggest winners as the economy gets back up to speed following the deep recession earlier this year. And RBC says these companies are on track for both long-term success and substantial gains in the short term.

The following seven companies are all rated “outperform” by RBC’s analysts, and they all have market capitalizations of $5 billion or less. They are reasonably heavily traded, as their average daily volumes top the $10 million market. The septet are all 25% away from their 12-month price targets.

All of the stocks hail from either the tech sector, the best-performing part of the market in 2020, or from healthcare, which has received new attention as an investment theme in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The stocks are ranked in increasing order of price upside implied by RBC’s targets. Percentages were calculated based on Thursday’s closing prices.

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7. J2 Global

Ticker: JCOM

Sector: Information technology

Market cap: $3.4 billion

Thesis: “J2 has very strong operational and transactional expertise, access to capital, and financial discipline (IRR and ROIC targets) that are core to the company and a key differentiating strength … J2’s Digital Media segments address the $1T+ Global advertising market and benefit from an ongoing shift to digital.”

Price target: $90

Upside to target: 27.0%

Source: RBC Capital Markets

6. Jamf Holding

Ticker: JAMF

Sector: Information technology

Market cap: $4.1 billion

Thesis: “As the standard in Apple enterprise management, we think Jamf is in a strong position to leverage the growing preference for Apple in the enterprise. … the company’s financial profile is unique given rapid growth and high profitability.”

Price target: $44

Upside to target: 27.5%

Source: RBC Capital Markets

5. PROS Holdings

Ticker: PRO

Sector: Information technology

Market cap: $1.5 billion


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