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The following is a list of small cap stocks, with market caps smaller than $400M. Judging by their earnings results relative to analyst estimates, it's clear that these stocks are being underestimated by analysts.

In other words, these companies have a track record of beating analyst estimates.

If you're interested in small-cap names, this list might offer an interesting starting point. Considering that analysts can't get it right with these names, it's a real possibility that there's still more good news to be priced in.

A full breakdown of earnings relative to analyst estimates can be accessed here. Earnings data sourced from AOL Money, short float data sourced from Finviz.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in market caps for the top six names mentioned below. Note: The numbers on top of items represent the forward P/E ratio, if available.

The list has been sorted by average analyst surprise.

1. OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (OMN): Specialty Chemicals Industry. Market cap of $334.13M. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 37.99% over the last year. Short float at 2.45%, which implies a short ratio of 3.36 days. The stock has gained 27.84% over the last year.

2. Rudolph Technologies Inc. (RTEC): Scientific & Technical Instruments Industry. Market cap of $318.71M. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 36.64% over the last year. Short float at 2.35%, which implies a short ratio of 3.12 days. The stock has gained 60.86% over the last year.

3. Shoe Carnival Inc. (SCVL): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $338.98M. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 36.37% over the last year. Short float at 3.73%, which implies a short ratio of 5.27 days. The stock has gained 40.25% over the last year.

4. LoopNet, Inc. (LOOP): Property Management Industry. Market cap of $339.93M. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 32.77% over the last year. Short float at 2.42%, which implies a short ratio of 5.19 days. The stock has gained 11.97% over the last year.

5. Baldwin & Lyons Inc. (BWINB): Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. Market cap of $346.7M. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 30.35% over the last year. Short float at 2.52%, which implies a short ratio of 19.75 days. The stock has gained 7.48% over the last year.

6. Southside Bancshares Inc. (SBSI): Regional Bank. Market cap of $326.46M. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 30.20% over the last year. Short float at 5.54%, which implies a short ratio of 24.71 days. The stock has gained 22.87% over the last year.

7. Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ISPH): Drug Manufacturer. Market cap of $331.36M. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 29.47% over the last year. Short float at 3.82%, which implies a short ratio of 2.31 days. The stock has lost -27.93% over the last year.

8. EMS Technologies Inc. (ELMG): Communication Equipment Industry. Market cap of $302.22M. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 28.71% over the last year. Short float at 1.86%, which implies a short ratio of 4.5 days. The stock has gained 54.1% over the last year.

9. CPI International, Inc. (CPII): Diversified Electronics Industry. Market cap of $326.98M. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 26.62% over the last year. Short float at 1.05%, which implies a short ratio of 2.06 days. The stock has gained 68.46% over the last year.

10. Great Southern Bancorp Inc. (GSBC): Regional Bank. Market cap of $308.14M. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 21.38% over the last year. Short float at 7.85%, which implies a short ratio of 39.5 days. The stock has gained 6.76% over the last year.

11. Anaren Inc. (ANEN): Wireless Communications Industry. Market cap of $315.71M. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 15.67% over the last year. Short float at 1.92%, which implies a short ratio of 4.68 days. The stock has gained 57.32% over the last year.

12. Roma Financial Corp. (ROMA): Savings & Loans Industry. Market cap of $320.22M. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 15.24% over the last year. Short float at 3.59%, which implies a short ratio of 6.19 days. The stock has lost -7.71% over the last year.

13. Calamos Asset Management Inc. (CLMS): Asset Management Industry. Market cap of $319.04M. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 14.31% over the last year. Short float at 1.81%, which implies a short ratio of 1.98 days. The stock has gained 22.44% over the last year.

14. TICC Capital Corp. (TICC): Asset Management Industry. Market cap of $329.28M. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 13.32% over the last year. Short float at 3.04%, which implies a short ratio of 2.21 days. The stock has gained 127.61% over the last year.

15. Spartan Stores Inc. (SPTN): Food Wholesale Industry. Market cap of $340.58M. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 10.54% over the last year. Short float at 6.47%, which implies a short ratio of 14.88 days. The stock has gained 13.58% over the last year.

16. SY Bancorp Inc. (SYBT): Regional Bank. Market cap of $332.06M. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 10.46% over the last year. Short float at 5.65%, which implies a short ratio of 37.27 days. The stock has gained 17.17% over the last year.

Source: Top 16 Most Underestimated Small Cap Stocks