The 2 Best Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in June 2018

You wouldn't know it from listening to the talking heads on TV, but there are more ways to bank a profit than investing in massive blue-chip stocks. In fact, smaller companies regularly outperform these industry giants.

Today, we're looking at two small-cap stocks that Wall Street has overlooked, and both of them have breakout potential...

You see, small-cap stocks often have the kind of future growth potential that allows them to outpace Wall Street's giants. The Russell 2000, which tracks many small-cap stocks, is up 6.67% over the past three months. For comparison, the S&P 500 is up just 1.75% over the same period.

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Our top two small-cap stocks are strong investments that have flown under Wall Street's radar and are setting savvy investors up for a great profit opportunity.

And both have a Money Morning Stock VQScore™ of 4, indicating they have an excellent chance of producing strong gains for investors.

Before we get to our picks, let's take a closer look at what makes these well-known small caps such a good investment and how you can profit...

Small Caps Have Room for Growth - and Profit

Small-cap stocks are defined as shares of companies that have between a $300 million and $2 billion market cap.

Because of their relatively small sizes, small-cap stocks have the potential for growth that far outpaces that of companies with larger market caps.

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Just look at their track records. Ibbotson Associates, an investment-consulting firm, reports that the average returns on small-cap stocks have bested those of large caps as far back as 1927.

The central reason for this advantage is that these small, low-priced companies have incomplete financial data and limited analyst commentary.

Without this information, it's incredibly difficult for Wall Street to accurately assess the value of a company and determine if it's selling below market value.

As a result, attempting to sort through thousands of obscure companies to find the one stock that's about to soar 100% is one of the hardest ways to net a profit.

Thankfully, plenty of mainstream companies have a plethora of financial information that will keep you from blindly speculating.

And these companies have plenty of room to run higher.

Our two small-cap stocks are popular, mainstream companies with serious breakout potential...

Best Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in June 2018, No. 2: Hostess Brands Inc.

Based in Kansas City, Mo., Hostess Brands Inc. (Nasdaq: TWNK) was founded in 1919 and is best known for global brand names that include Twinkies, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs, Dolly Madison, Zingers, Suzy Q, and Donettes.

After declaring bankruptcy in 2011, the company has undergone a substantial turnaround. In recent years, Hostess has focused its energy on financial restructuring and production efficiency.

The company's efforts are paying off.

In just the past two years, Hostess Brands' revenue has jumped an average of 12.2% while beating earnings the past four quarters.

However, Hostess still has room to run. The company's rough press over the last decade and limited stock performance history has likely kept the stock from realizing its true market value.

Analysts have put a high price target of $20 on the company's stock - a 48% gain over the current price of $13.48.

While a 48% gain is exciting, our top small-cap stock could bring you even greater profitability...

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Best Small-Cap Stocks to Buy in June 2018, No. 1: Big Lots! Inc.

Big Lots! Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is an Ohio-based community retailer that operates discount stores throughout the United States.

The company was founded in 1967, and it currently employs more than 11,000 full-time employees. Its stores are known for selling overstocked and closeout merchandise at bargain prices.

Big Lots' net sales increased to $70.5 billion in 2017, while it simultaneously reduced its operating expenses by 7 million. This incredible combination is boosting the company's profitability while lowering its business expenditures.

In February 2018, the company reported having 1,416 stores in 47 U.S. states. It also has plans for further growth. This year alone, it plans to open 180 new stores across the country.

Big Lots has bested earnings estimates over a mind-blowing run of 17 straight quarters. Revenue like this is allowing the company to pay a 2.5% dividend yield, which is the largest in its history.

Not only will owning shares in BIG allow you to take part in this company's continued growth, but you will also get the benefit of a generous dividend.

BIG shares currently trade at $39.47. Analysts are predicting that the company's share price could go as high as $65, which is an astounding gain of 66% on this small-cap investment.

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