Top Managers' Favourite Small-Cap Stocks

These five UK small-cap stocks have all caught the attention of our highest-rated fund managers

Emma Wall 20 February, 2014 | 9:14AM
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We took the four highest-rated UK small-cap funds – Aberforth UK Small Companies, Artemis UK Smaller Companies, Old Mutual Smaller Companies and Standard Life UK Smaller Companies – and using the Morningstar X-Ray tool examined their underlying holdings.

Each of these funds has been awarded a Gold Rating by Morningstar analysts, meaning they are expected to outperform their peers and their benchmark in the future. Their underlying holdings are diverse – but these names cropped up more than once meaning the professionals have conviction in their potential. Remember small companies should only make up a small part of your portfolio and can be volatile.

Telecom plus (TEP)

Telecom plus PLC is engaged in the supply of fixed telephony, mobile telephony, gas, electricity and internet services to residential and small business customers in the UK.

Abcam (ABC)

Abcam PLC is a life science research tools supplier providing protein research tools and services. The Company offers products such as primary and secondary antibodies, proteins, peptides, lysates, biochemical and immunoassays.


AVEVA Group PLC is engaged in the marketing & development of computer software & services for engineering & related solutions. The Company is organised into two lines of business being Engineering & Design Systems and Enterprise Solutions.

Mears Group (MER)

Mears Group PLC is engaged in the provision of a range of outsourced services to the public and private sectors. Its three operating segments are Social Housing, Domiciliary Care, and Other.

XP Power Ltd (XPP)

XP Power Ltd provides power control solutions. Its product portfolio comprises of AC-DC power supplies, including open-frame & enclosed, desktop and configurable and DIN rail power supplies & AC-DC converters necessary for distributed power architectures.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Aberforth UK Small Companies Acc34,499.04 GBP-0.11Rating
abrdn UK Smaller Companies R Acc844.42 GBP0.43Rating
Artemis UK Smaller Companies R Acc21.47 GBP0.47Rating
Jupiter UK Smaller Companies L GBP Acc4.95 GBP0.54Rating
Mears Group PLC393.00 GBX1.29
Telecom Plus PLC1,816.00 GBX1.79
XP Power Ltd1,598.00 GBX2.04

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar

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