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Thursday  June 1, 2006

RULES REGARDING ORPHAN STOCKS

 - Small to mid cap - Less than $2 billion
- Only one or two analysts on the stock
- The company's based in the boonies
- Insider buying
- No debt
- And, of course, sweet, sweet, organic growth!

RAGS TO RICHES: STOCKS THAT HAVE MAD IT

  • Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) - This stock was worth $10 and the company was worth $400 million,  it got adopted and now it is worth $4 billion.
  • Whole Foods (WFMI) - Five years ago WFMI was worth $1.7 billion and today they are worth $9 billion. 
  • Commerce Bancorp (CBH) - They invented banking as if it was retail and they went from a $3 billion to $5 billion in the last five years 
  • Quest Diagnostics (DGX) - They consolidated and went on an acquisition binge and now the company is worth $11 billion.
  • Chico's (CHS) - Five years ago this was worth $800 million and now it is worth $5 billion.

FRESH MEAT: CURRENT ORPHANS

  • Dynamic Materials (BOOM) - A $320 million company covered by one analyst. 6% debt to capital ratio.
  • Electro Rent (ELRC) - They are a $421 million company with no debt and one analyst covers them.
  • NetScout Systems (NTCT) -  One analyst has it going to $11 and it is at $8 right now. No debt and positive growth for 11 quarters.
  • Layne Christensen (LAYN) - A drilling and construction company. Water, minerals and energy is also their business.
  • Vaalco Energy (EGY) - An orphan oil makes Jim scream.
The bottom line!:    Vote for one of these orphans:  BOOM, ELRC, NTCT, LAYN, or EGY, by emailing your stock choice to MadMoney@CNBC.com .  We'll reveal the winner on tomorrow's  show.




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