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A small-cap stock has a market capitalization between $500M and $2B. These are not precise limits, as different brokerages, funds and analysts may define small-cap stock in slightly different ways.

Investors may perceive a small-cap stock as having greater growth potential than a large-cap stock. A small-cap stock may be more likely than a large company to adopt or create innovative new technologies or services. A small-cap stock often has a lower level of institutional interest, as many funds have limits on the percentage of a company they may own. This in turn increases the trading volatility of a small-cap stock, potentially allowing for more extreme (more profitable) entries and exits.

A small-cap stock does tend to carry more risk than a large-cap. With a less diversified and potentially unproven business model, a small-cap stock is susceptible to ever- changing economic/market conditions.



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