Eddy Elfenbein submits: I'm always amazed at the number of stocks that have been great long-term performers, yet no one knows about them. Many highly profitable stocks are completely ignored by Wall Street. Here are a few examples:
Hawkins (HWKN) is a small chemical company in Minnesota. The stock has creamed the market for decades (the gold line is the S&P 500). Hawkins has just 235 employees. They made $9 million last year, which Wal-Mart makes in about eight hours. No analysts cover it, and yesterday it had zero volume. They might as well be private equity.
Here's a good one. Weyco Group (WEYS) is a 110-year-old shoe company based in Milwaukee. Thirty-two years ago, you could have picked up a share for 20 cents (adjusted for splits totaling 54-for-1). Weyco also pays a dividend. One analyst covers it.
Met-Pro (MPR) makes pollution control equipment. The company has a market cap of $160 million.