Small Gems in the Rough

Here are nine small-cap stocks with a buy rating from S&P

By David Braverman

Small-cap stocks continue to beat large-cap stocks in the first month of 2002 after outperforming their larger brethen in 2001. The S&P 600 SmallCap index has slipped 0.64% from Dec. 31 through Jan. 30, while the S&P 500 large-cap benchmark has lost 3.01%.

The following nine companies are ranked 5 STARS (buy) by Standard & Poor's analysts. Each has a market capitalization of less than $1 billion.

Ameripath (PATH )

Elantec Semiconductor (ELNT )

Evergreen Resources (EVG )

FTI Consulting (FCN )

Kaydon (KDN )

Landstar System (LSTR )

PF Changs China Bistro (PFCB )

Tripos (TRPS )

Watson Wyatt (WW )

David Braverman is senior portfolio officer for Standard & Poor's

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