Looking for a Spark

David Dabora's winning strategy: finding stocks with a catalyst that will unlock hidden value

David Dabora is a bottom-up small-cap investor -- he looks for "value with a catalyst" in his stock selections. His $170 million Boston Partners Small Cap Value II (BPSCX ) has been handily beating its benchmark, the Russell 2000 Value Index. Last year, the fund soared 44.4%, while the index rose just 22.8%. Year-to-date through July 20, the fund gained about 39.3%, while the benchmark rose about 10.5%. The fund carries the highest Standard & Poor's three-year overall rank of 5 stars.

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