Top 8 Growth Prospects Lagging The Market

|
 |  Includes: CPLA, CRIC, CTRP, EJ, ENOC, HMIN, LFC, THOR
by: Kapitall

The following is a list of stocks that have lagged the rest of the market over recent weeks, reporting losses over the last quarter. In addition, all of the names mentioned below have excellent growth prospects, with higher projected EPS growth rates than their industry competitors.

The companies mentioned below have also accelerated capital spending at a faster rate than their competitors over the last five years. At least theoretically, this makes them more competitive over the coming years.

We're not going to go into detailed analysis for each company. The goal here is to give growth-oriented investors a starting point for their own analysis.

All growth stats sourced from Fidelity, short float and performance data sourced from Finviz.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research. Note: The numbers on top of items represent the forward P/E ratio, if available.




The list has been sorted by quarterly performance. (Note: Data was collected on Thursday afternoon, January 20, 2011)

1. Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc. (NASDAQ:HMIN): Lodging Industry. Market cap of $1.52B. The stock lost -26.16% over the last quarter. EPS has grown by 76.75% over the last five years vs. industry average at 2.49%. EPS projected to grow by 24.53% over the next five years vs. industry average at 19.85%. Revenue has grown by 100.71% over the last five years vs. industry average at 33.08%. Capital spending has grown by 55.43% over the last five years vs. industry average at 6.76%. The company's cash flow has grown by 123.69% over the last five years vs. industry average at 6.43%. Short float at 6.51%, which implies a short ratio of 3.78 days. The stock has gained 14.16% over the last year.

2. EnerNOC, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENOC):
Business Services Industry. Market cap of $592.09M. The stock lost -22.28% over the last quarter. EPS has grown by 26.19% over the last five years vs. industry average at 5.02%. EPS projected to grow by 28.00% over the next five years vs. industry average at 12.60%. Revenue has grown by 80.96% over the last five years vs. industry average at 9.20%. Capital spending has grown by 60.00% over the last five years vs. industry average at 6.04%. The company's cash flow has grown by 26.39% over the last five years vs. industry average at 9.35%. Short float at 17.92%, which implies a short ratio of 12.29 days. The stock has lost -28.14% over the last year.

3. Thoratec Corp. (NASDAQ:THOR): Medical Instruments & Supplies Industry. Market cap of $1.54B. The stock lost -20.48% over the last quarter. EPS has grown by 47.58% over the last five years vs. industry average at 20.20%. EPS projected to grow by 25.00% over the next five years vs. industry average at 12.48%. Revenue has grown by 16.76% over the last five years vs. industry average at 12.42%. Capital spending has grown by 15.26% over the last five years vs. industry average at 9.18%. The company's cash flow has grown by 17.60% over the last five years vs. industry average at 15.55%. Short float at 10.31%, which implies a short ratio of 3.85 days. The stock has lost -9.2% over the last year.

4. China Real Estate Information Corporation (NASDAQ:CRIC):
Internet Information Providers Industry. Market cap of $1.21B. The stock lost -16.75% over the last quarter. EPS has grown by 82.96% over the last five years vs. industry average at 4.92%. EPS projected to grow by 24.37% over the next five years vs. industry average at 12.32%. Revenue has grown by 63.47% over the last five years vs. industry average at 13.27%. Capital spending has grown by 45.16% over the last five years vs. industry average at 3.82%. The company's cash flow has grown by 92.93% over the last five years vs. industry average at 16.37%. Short float at 2.47%, which implies a short ratio of 23.11 days. The stock has lost -8.7% over the last year.

5. Capella Education Co. (NASDAQ:CPLA): Education & Training Services Industry. Market cap of $935.17M. The stock lost -15.90% over the last quarter. EPS has grown by 15.52% over the last five years vs. industry average at 14.99%. EPS projected to grow by 17.88% over the next five years vs. industry average at 14.80%. Revenue has grown by 23.24% over the last five years vs. industry average at 14.33%. Capital spending has grown by 16.86% over the last five years vs. industry average at 11.10%. The company's cash flow has grown by 18.74% over the last five years vs. industry average at 13.26%. Short float at 18.31%, which implies a short ratio of 9.25 days. The stock has lost -24.98% over the last year.

6. Ctrip.com International Ltd. (NASDAQ:CTRP):
Consumer Services Industry. Market cap of $5.83B. The stock lost -14.45% over the last quarter. EPS has grown by 39.97% over the last five years vs. industry average at 2.49%. EPS projected to grow by 30.17% over the next five years vs. industry average at 19.85%. Revenue has grown by 48.50% over the last five years vs. industry average at 33.08%. Capital spending has grown by 70.27% over the last five years vs. industry average at 6.76%. The company's cash flow has grown by 43.91% over the last five years vs. industry average at 6.43%. Short float at 6.43%, which implies a short ratio of 3.16 days. The stock has gained 29.93% over the last year.

7. E-House Holdings Limited (NYSE:EJ): Property Management Industry. Market cap of $1.25B. The stock lost -14.41% over the last quarter. EPS has grown by 52.81% over the last five years vs. industry average at 4.92%. EPS projected to grow by 29.73% over the next five years vs. industry average at 12.32%. Revenue has grown by 50.60% over the last five years vs. industry average at 13.28%. Capital spending has grown by 30.71% over the last five years vs. industry average at 3.81%. The company's cash flow has grown by 54.44% over the last five years vs. industry average at 16.36%. Short float at 3.55%, which implies a short ratio of 6.01 days. The stock has lost -2.08% over the last year.

8. China Life Insurance Co. Ltd. (NYSE:LFC): Life Insurance Industry. Market cap of $114.7B. The stock lost -13.43% over the last quarter. EPS has grown by 39.22% over the last five years vs. industry average at 2.10%. EPS projected to grow by 11.16% over the next five years vs. industry average at 11.00%. Revenue has grown by 39.89% over the last five years vs. industry average at 5.91%. Capital spending has grown by 32.45% over the last five years vs. industry average at 0.34%. The company's cash flow has grown by 39.46% over the last five years vs. industry average at 4.68%. Short float at 0.23%, which implies a short ratio of 2.6 days. The stock has lost -8.6% over the last year.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.