We’ve scoured our contributors’ wires from the first quarter of 2016 to look for some of the top performing stock ideas. It's worth noting that in each case the stocks selected were part of carefully constructed portfolios with a longterm investment horizon. The stocks identified are vastly different, but there are some common features that stand out. 1) Most of the big winners are small-caps or micro-caps. This is perhaps unsurprising as micro-caps are prone to large and fast price movements. 2) Each stock had a catalyst to re-rate which was outlined in the investment thesis. 3) None of them have been the popular stocks. Some are unknown small-caps, some are from unpopular and unloved sectors, but most of them make you feel a little uncomfortable when you read them. 4) Almost all these posts were shared exclusively with Livewire.