Five hot small-cap stocks that gave over 390% return YTD

Highloghts

  • Aehr Test Systems’ (NASDAQ: AEHR) stock price surged more than 733% YTD.

  • Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE: BTU) will release its quarterly results on Oct 28.

  • The Aemetis Inc’s (NASDAQ: AMTX) stocks soared around 580% YTD.

Small-cap stocks are publicly traded companies with a market cap of between US$300 million and US$ 2 billion. The share prices of these companies can be volatile at times. Hence, some small-cap stocks sometimes climb higher than their peers.

However, some investors take the bet and invest in these companies because of their strong growth potential. Here are some small-cap stocks that gave robust returns year-to-date.

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Aehr Test Systems (NASDAQ: AEHR)

Aehr Test System is a global supplier of tests and burn-in instruments used in the semiconductor industry. It is based in Fremont, California.

The shares of the company traded at US$21.68 at 12:21 pm ET on October 21, up 7.43% from their closing price on October 20. Its stock price increased by 733.88% YTD.

It has a market cap of US$574.96 million, and its EPS is US$-0.06.

The 52-week highest and lowest stock prices were US$22.65 and US$1.15, respectively. Its trading volume was 2,485,719 on October 20.

The company's net sales rose 181% YoY to US$5.6 million in Q1, FY22. Its net income was US$696 thousand, as compared to US$107 thousand in Q1, FY21.

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Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE: BTU)

Peabody Energy is a coal mining company based in St. Louis, Missouri. It mines and supplies coals for electricity generation and steelmaking.

The stock was priced at US$13.98 at 12:31 pm ET on October 21, down 3.52% from its previous closing price. The BTU stock rose 392.86% YTD.

The market cap of the company is US$1.66 billion, and the forward P/E one year is 7.83. Its EPS is US$-3.10. The stock saw the highest price of US$19.83 and the lowest price of US$0.80 in the last 52 weeks. Its share volume on October 20 was 19,259,340.

It is expected to release its financial results for the September quarter on October 28.

According to its preliminary report, the firm expects revenue to be between US$670 million and US$690 million for the quarter ended September 30. It also forecasts its net loss attributable to common shareholders to be between US$40 million and US$60 million.

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Aemetis Inc (NASDAQ: AMTX)


Aemetis Inc is a renewable fuel and biochemical company based in Cupertino, California. It produces advanced fuels and chemicals by using innovative technologies.

Its shares traded at US$19.67 at 12:39 pm ET on October 21, up 1.76% from their closing price of October 20. Its stock value surged 580.63% YTD.

The firm has a market cap of US$623.01 million and a forward P/E one year of -10.28. Its EPS is US$-2.30. The 52-week highest and lowest stock prices were US$27.44 and US$1.96, respectively. Its trading volume was 1,061,635 on October 20.

The company's revenue was US$54.88 million in Q2, FY21, as compared to US$47.82 million in the same quarter of the prior year. It reported a net loss of US$10.57 million, against an income of US$2.19 million in Q2, FY20.

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Vertex Energy, Inc (NASDAQ: VTNR)

Vertex Energy is a petroleum refining company based in Houston, Texas. It provides specialty refining of alternative feedstocks and sells petroleum products.

The stock was priced at US$5.11 at 12:44 pm ET on October 21, up 0.99% from its previous closing price. The VTNR stock soared 567.55% YTD.

The market cap of the company is US$310.15 million, and the forward P/E one year is -29.76. Its EPS is US$-0.59. The stock saw the highest price of US$14.32 and the lowest price of US$0.40 in the last 52 weeks. Its share volume on October 20 was 812,534.

The company's revenue was US$65.19 million in Q2, FY21, as compared to US$21.37 million in the year-ago quarter. Its net loss came in at US$15.95 million, compared to a loss of US$8.88 million in Q2, FY20.

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Cassava Sciences, Inc (NASDAQ: SAVA)

Cassava Sciences is a clinical-stage biotechnology company based in Austin, Texas. It primarily develops Alzheimer's drugs.

The shares of the company traded at US$44.82 at 12:48 pm ET on October 21, down 3.38% from their closing price of October 20. Its stock value jumped 554.3% YTD.

It has a market cap of US$1.80 billion and a forward P/E one year of -70.29. Its EPS is US$-0.37.

The 52-week highest and lowest stock prices were US$146.16 and US$6.70, respectively. Its trading volume was 4,042,528 on October 20.

The company reported a net loss of US$5.12 million, or a loss of US$0.13 in Q2, FY21, compared to a loss of US$1.13 million, or a loss of US$0.05, in the second quarter of fiscal 2020.

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Bottomline

Typically, risk-taking traders lookout for small-cap stocks as they are lowly priced but have high growth potential. The Russell 2000 index, which represents the small-cap stocks, grew 15.83% YTD while increasing 3.77% QTD. However, investors should exercise due diligence before investing in stocks.

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