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Interested in finding stocks surrounded by market optimism? For ideas, we ran a screen you might be interested in.

We screened small-cap stocks, with market caps between $100-300 million, for those trading within 3% of their 52-week high. We then screened these names for those seeing significant net institutional purchases over the current quarter, as well as significant net insider purchases over the last six months.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.‬

Do you think these stocks will continue to see this optimism through 2012? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted alphabetically.

1. Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (ARI): Operates as a commercial real estate finance company in the United States. The stock is currently trading 1.30% below its 52-week high. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 3.5M shares, which represents about 20.24% of the company's float of 17.29M shares. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 10,000 shares, which represents about 0.06% of the company's 17.29M share float.

2. DCT Industrial Trust Inc. (DCT): Operates as a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The stock is currently trading 1.55% below its 52-week high. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 8.0M shares, which represents about 3.27% of the company's float of 244.40M shares. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 110,089 shares, which represents about 0.05% of the company's 244.40M share float.

3. Excel Trust, Inc. (EXL): Engages in financing, developing, leasing, owning and managing community and power centers, grocery anchored neighborhood centers and freestanding retail properties. The stock is currently trading 0.84% below its 52-week high. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 2.5M shares, which represents about 8.65% of the company's float of 28.90M shares. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 13,810 shares, which represents about 0.05% of the company's 28.90M share float.

4. InfoSpace Inc. (INSP): Develops search tools and technologies that assist consumers with finding content and information on the Internet. The stock is currently trading 1.46% below its 52-week high. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 1.6M shares, which represents about 4.98% of the company's float of 32.13M shares. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 84,178 shares, which represents about 0.26% of the company's 32.13M share float.

5. Mueller Industries Inc. (MLI): Manufactures copper, brass, plastic, and aluminum products. It operates in two segments, Plumbing & Refrigeration, and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM). The stock is currently trading 1.34% below its 52-week high. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 2.5M shares, which represents about 6.66% of the company's float of 37.53M shares. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 6,496,626 shares, which represents about 17.31% of the company's 37.53M share float.

*Insider data sourced from Yahoo Finance, institutional data sourced from Fidelity.

Source: 5 Small-Cap Stocks Trading Near Highs With Smart Money Buying