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Deep Dive: Small-cap fund manager tunes out market ‘noise’ in bid to find quality companies

Investors can get too caught up in the daily stress of tracking the U.S. stock market’s rise to new highs. Ralph Bassett, head of North American Equities for Aberdeen Asset Management, prefers “focusing on company specifics and ignoring the market noise.”

Bassett, who helps manage the $1.7 billion Aberdeen U.S. Small Cap Equity Fund from Philadelphia, shared three of his favorite stocks held by the fund in an interview Feb. 14:

Beacon Roofing Supply

Beacon Roofing Supply Inc. BECN, -0.18% of Herndon, Va., has a market value of $2.7 billion. The company grew its sales per share by 36% during 2016, according to FactSet.

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