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The following is a list of small cap stocks, with market caps between $100M and $500M. All of these companies have seen significant institutional and mutual fund buying over the last two quarters.

If you're looking for small-cap exposure, this list might offer an interesting starting point.

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Institutional data 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 alphabetically.

1. Active Power Inc. (ACPW): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $202.56M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 763.3K, vs. 5.7M net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 2.6M, vs. 367.6K purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 0.34%, which implies a short ratio of 0.44 days. The stock has gained 161.86% over the last year.

2. Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR): Drug Manufacturer. Market cap of $468.04M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 17.7M, vs. 8.4M net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 11.0M, vs. 7.6M purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 14.98%, which implies a short ratio of 6.28 days. The stock has gained 98.45% over the last year.

3. Beasley Broadcast Group Inc. (BBGI): Radio Industry. Market cap of $145.44M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 115.8K, vs. 223.5K net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 148.3K, vs. 174.7K purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 5.76%, which implies a short ratio of 21.98 days. The stock has gained 80.56% over the last year.

4. BioSante Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (BPAX): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $157.33M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 1.4M, vs. 3.2M net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 209.2K, vs. 1.2M purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 9.81%, which implies a short ratio of 4.09 days. The stock has gained 31.55% over the last year.

5. Bluegreen Corp. (BXG): Real Estate Development Industry. Market cap of $142.67M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 114.5K, vs. 54.3K net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 23.8K, vs. 328.5K purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 4.34%, which implies a short ratio of 9.97 days. The stock has gained 69.5% over the last year.

6. Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (CALP): Scientific & Technical Instruments Industry. Market cap of $343.6M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 1.2M, vs. 888.7K net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 81.5K, vs. 2.6M purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 3.17%, which implies a short ratio of 5.38 days. The stock has gained 105.61% over the last year.

7. Columbia Laboratories Inc. (CBRX): Drug Delivery Industry. Market cap of $237.52M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 2.2M, vs. 1.5M net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 64.9K, vs. 135.2K purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 3.71%, which implies a short ratio of 3.05 days. The stock has gained 138.33% over the last year.

8. Continucare Corp. (CNU): Specialized Health Services Industry. Market cap of $296.84M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 1.2M, vs. 1.4M net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 549.4K, vs. 1.0M purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 2.31%, which implies a short ratio of 4.76 days. The stock has gained 9.38% over the last year.

9. Cynosure, Inc. (CYNO): Medical Appliances & Equipment Industry. Market cap of $150.57M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 338.1K, vs. 11.2K net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 100.0K, vs. 152.6K purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 3%, which implies a short ratio of 7.92 days. The stock has gained 18.67% over the last year.

10. Gladstone Investment Corporation (GAIN): Diversified Investments Industry. Market cap of $179.95M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 550.7K, vs. 470.4K net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 48.6K, vs. 11.9K purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 1.63%, which implies a short ratio of 6.15 days. The stock has gained 72.3% over the last year.

11. Hanmi Financial Corp. (HAFC): Regional Bank. Market cap of $201.1M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 6.7M, vs. 6.6M net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 4.7M, vs. 2.5M purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 2.25%, which implies a short ratio of 2.24 days. The stock has lost -32.49% over the last year.

12. KVH Industries Inc. (KVHI): Communication Equipment Industry. Market cap of $201.57M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 531.0K, vs. 131.3K net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 243.5K, vs. 76.8K purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 5.54%, which implies a short ratio of 9.69 days. The stock has gained 0.53% over the last year.

13. Lakeland Bancorp Inc. (LBAI): Regional Bank. Market cap of $242.84M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 68.6K, vs. 126.3K net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 124.1K, vs. 291.9K purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 6.09%, which implies a short ratio of 33.66 days. The stock has gained 44.95% over the last year.

14. Life Partners Holdings, Inc. (LPHI): Life Insurance Industry. Market cap of $152.29M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 350.4K, vs. 1.7M net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 236.5K, vs. 382.3K purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 34.92%, which implies a short ratio of 15.38 days. The stock has lost -45.71% over the last year.

15. MAP Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (MAPP): Drug Manufacturer. Market cap of $492.02M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 2.1M, vs. 2.9M net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 564.3K, vs. 205.1K purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 5.4%, which implies a short ratio of 15.66 days. The stock has gained 12% over the last year.

16. Microvision Inc. (MVIS): Diversified Electronics Industry. Market cap of $222.91M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 480.8K, vs. 383.4K net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 281.0K, vs. 309.2K purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 9.89%, which implies a short ratio of 5.84 days. The stock has lost -6.4% over the last year.

17. Newcastle Investment Corp. (NCT): REIT. Market cap of $479.41M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 1.3M, vs. 1.5M net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 1.3M, vs. 1.2M purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 3.21%, which implies a short ratio of 2.46 days. The stock has gained 275.24% over the last year.

18. Online Resources Corp. (ORCC): Internet Software & Services Industry. Market cap of $217.81M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 897.5K, vs. 511.5K net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 249.8K, vs. 386.1K purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 1.89%, which implies a short ratio of 3.33 days. The stock has gained 53.86% over the last year.

19. Pacer International Inc. (PACR): Air Delivery & Freight Services Industry. Market cap of $187.47M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 923.2K, vs. 1.6M net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 108.9K, vs. 479.7K purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 16.72%, which implies a short ratio of 11.38 days. The stock has gained 77.23% over the last year.

20. RG Barry Corp. (DFZ): Apparel Footwear & Accessories Industry. Market cap of $113.71M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 218.2K, vs. 423.4K net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 460.2K, vs. 1.1M purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 2.25%, which implies a short ratio of 5.21 days. The stock has gained 6.96% over the last year.

21. SY Bancorp Inc. (SYBT): Regional Bank. Market cap of $343.16M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 87.8K, vs. 66.1K net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 37.0K, vs. 189.1K purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 5.43%, which implies a short ratio of 30.16 days. The stock has gained 22.58% over the last year.

22. Uranium Energy Corp. (UEC): Industrial Metals & Minerals Industry. Market cap of $472.21M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 3.2M, vs. 970.6K net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 1.6M, vs. 1.9M purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 10.38%, which implies a short ratio of 4.93 days. The stock has gained 83.47% over the last year.

23. Warren Resources Inc. (WRES): Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. Market cap of $401.51M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 2.1M, vs. 2.1M net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 1.2M, vs. 1.6M purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 2.52%, which implies a short ratio of 2.79 days. The stock has gained 140% over the last year.

24. Zix Corp. (ZIXI): Internet Software & Services Industry. Market cap of $265.23M. Net institutional shares purchased during current quarter at 281.8K, vs. 1.8M net purchases during previous quarter. Net mutual fund shares purchased during current quarter at 1.7M, vs. 1.0M purchased in the previous quarter. Short float at 10.4%, which implies a short ratio of 8.5 days. The stock has gained 88.07% over the last year.

Source: Top 24 Small Cap Stocks Being Chased by Smart Money