How to Find the Best Small-Cap Stocks to Buy

Wall Street's best small-cap stocks to buy include biotech, real estate and industrials names.

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The second half of 2024 could be much more favorable for stockpickers looking for the best small-cap stocks to buy. 

That might sound counterintuitive after the way small caps performed through the first half of the year. After all, small caps as an asset class have been a dud. They went nowhere as mega-cap stocks pushed the broader market to record highs seemingly every other day.

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Wall Street's top-rated small-cap stocks
Company (Ticker)SectorAnalysts' Consensus Recommendation ScoreAnalysts' Consensus Recommendation
BrightSpring Health Services (BTSG)Healthcare 1.17Strong Buy
Parsons (PSN)Industrials1,18Strong Buy
Immunovant (IMVT)Biotechnology1.27Strong Buy
Enovix (ENVX)Industrials1.31Strong Buy
Insmed (INSM)Biotechnology1.31Strong Buy
Rocket Pharmaceuticals (RCKT)Biotechnology1.33Strong Buy
Arcellx (ACLX)Biotechnology1.35Strong Buy
Kura Oncology (KURA)Biotechnology1.36Strong Buy
Essential Properties Realty Trust (EPRT)Real Estate1.36Strong Buy
Axsome Therapeutics (AXSM)Pharmaceuticals1.38Strong Buy

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Dan Burrows
Senior Investing Writer,

Dan Burrows is Kiplinger's senior investing writer, having joined the august publication full time in 2016.

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