This Is the Best Small-Cap Stock to Buy in April 2019

Today we're bringing you the best small-cap stock to buy in April 2019 thanks to our proprietary stock-ranking system.

The Money Morning Stock VQScore™ ranks the most profitable 1,500 companies on Wall Street according to the potential for shares of their stock to break out. When a stocks fall in our "Buy Zone," it's poised for market-beating gains.

Take Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: DDE), for example. Once it reached the "Buy Zone," the stock took off, and the share price soared over 103% in a matter of months after this signal to buy.

Another example is the alternative energy company Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ). The company entered the Buy Zone after its Q2 earnings report last year. Even though Wall Street was writing off the company over the trade war, shares skyrocketed over 100%.

And we've got another top small-cap stock that's sitting in our "Buy Zone" ready to break out.

It's a stock benefiting from rising oil prices - the same trend that made Saudi Aramco the most profitable company in the world this week.

We'll show you the stock we're talking about in just a second, but first here's why the oil industry is going to be a major catalyst for our small-cap stock to buy...

A Bullish Outlook on Short-Term Oil Prices

Three big trends are creating the perfect conditions to drive the price of oil higher.

First, OPEC and non-affiliated producers such as Russia will drop their daily production numbers by a daily figure of 1.2 million barrels. This type of cut in supply will go along well with a drop in exports from OPEC's largest member - Saudi Arabia - to Asia.

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Second, producers in North America are facing pipeline capacity bottlenecks as the use of railcars has once again picked up. On average, 718,000 barrels of oil is being shipped by rail daily in the United States, which is an increase of 88% over the prior year. That's a sign pipelines are maxed out and will hamper production, keeping the price steady.

Third, the U.S. sanctions on both Venezuela and Iran continue to impact demand balance and global supply. FTI Consulting reported in February that Canada's ability to produce more oil wasn't of much use since there weren't enough ways to transport the product.

The United States was importing 500,000 barrels per day from Venezuela, and Iran is expected to drop its total daily exports to under 1 million, from 1.25 million, as sanctions continue.

According to BNP Paribas, U.S. oil prices are expected to increase to about $66 by the end of the third quarter, and Brent crude is expected to hit $73 in the coming months.

These figures could go even higher depending on the outcome of the Brexit deal and trade negotiations between the United States and China.

This will not only be good news for major oil producers, but also for this small-cap stock that we've uncovered, which is one that is poised for a breakout.

In fact, analysts are already projecting our top small-cap stock could surge over 100% higher...

The Best Small-Cap Stock to Buy in April 2019

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According to the VQScore system, Callon Petroleum Co. (NYSE: CPE) is the best small-cap stock to buy right now.

This is a Houston-based independent oil and gas company that was founded in 1950 with reserves in the Permian Basin in West Texas.

As we've outlined, higher oil prices this year are expected due to a variety of factors. The Wall Street Journal reports that the production in this region will be strengthened thanks to some of the top energy players.

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) plans to increase output in the Permian basin to 1 million barrels per day by 2024, and Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) says that it will double its output in the region over the next five years.

This is going to result in expanded pipeline infrastructure, which will benefit a company like Callon.

It's also the perfect time to buy because it has a 0.7 price-to-tangible-book value, meaning its market cap is lower than the sum of the company's parts.

More importantly, Callon gets a perfect 4.75 VQScore, which puts it in the middle of the "Buy Zone."

The stock is currently trading at $7.60 a share on April 1, and Wall Street believes that this stock has significant potential. Its highest price target is $16 a share, a 108% gain. And that's not an outlier prediction, either. The average analyst price target is $11.20 a share, a 46% jump.

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