The Best Performing Low Risk Stocks of the Year So Far

With such a bullish market we thought it would be fun to look at the biggest gainers in the stock market year to date. In this list we screened for stocks that have more than doubled in value since January.

Many high performing stocks, however, are purely speculative plays on companies that haven't realized their forecasted values. To play it safe, we also sorted stocks by beta, a measure of risk. By looking only at stocks with beta below 1.0, we can be reassured that the stock's performance was not fully determined by overall market gains.

Check out our results below. 2013 marks a major turning point for some of these companies. Some stocks in this list may be familiar while others have less media coverage. Average 1-year return on this list is 163%.

Interactive Chart: Individual year-to-date returns in the past year: 

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1. MediciNova Inc. (MNOV, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Market cap at $77.14M, most recent closing price at $4.19.

Year to date, MediciNova Inc. has gained 182.32%. Beta at 0.89.

 

2. Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc. (PZZI, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Market cap at $69.77M, most recent closing price at $8.70.

Year to date, Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc. has gained 161.81%. Beta at 0.89.

 

3. Uni-Pixel Inc. (UNXL, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Market cap at $432.12M, most recent closing price at $35.95.

Year to date, Uni-Pixel Inc. has gained 154.86%. Beta at -0.47.

 

4. Innovative Solutions & Support Inc. (ISSC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of flat panel display systems, flight information computers, and advanced monitoring systems in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $144.48M, most recent closing price at $8.61.

Year to date, Innovative Solutions & Support Inc. has gained 147.97%. Beta at 0.55.

 

5. Pure Cycle Corp. (PCYO, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Pure Cycle Corporation, a vertically integrated water and wastewater service provider, engages in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of water and wastewater systems in the Denver metropolitan area. Market cap at $168.04M, most recent closing price at $6.99.

Year to date, Pure Cycle Corp. has gained 140.99%. Beta at 0.42.

 

6. Lannett Company, Inc. (LCI, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops, manufactures, packages, markets, and distributes generic pharmaceutical products sold under generic chemical names in the United States. Market cap at $342.38M, most recent closing price at $12.06.

Year to date, Lannett Company, Inc. has gained 138.71%. Beta at 0.5.

 

7. Netflix, Inc. (NFLX, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides subscription based Internet services for TV shows and movies in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $11.58B, most recent closing price at $206.25.

Year to date, Netflix, Inc. has gained 125.31%. Beta at 0.83.

 

8. ClearOne Communications Inc. (CLRO, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a communications solutions company that develops and sells audio conferencing, collaboration, streaming media, and connectivity systems and other related products for audio, video, and Web applications. Market cap at $82.08M, most recent closing price at $9.0.

Year to date, ClearOne Communications Inc. has gained 120.95%. Beta at 0.64.

 

9. Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ORMP, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Market cap at $62.45M, most recent closing price at $8.65.

Year to date, Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. has gained 118.18%. Beta at 0.92.

 

10. Neutral Tandem, Inc. (IQNT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Market cap at $174.91M, most recent closing price at $5.40.

Year to date, Neutral Tandem, Inc. has gained 113.62%. Beta at 0.85.

 

11. First M&F Corp. (FMFC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Market cap at $137.71M, most recent closing price at $14.92.

Year to date, First M&F Corp. has gained 111.45%. Beta at 0.55.

 

12. Alliance Healthcare Services, Inc. (AIQ, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides outpatient diagnostic imaging services and radiation therapy services in the United States. Market cap at $135.72M, most recent closing price at $12.78.

Year to date, Alliance Healthcare Services, Inc. has gained 102.19%. Beta at 0.95.

 

 

- Freda Ding

 

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