Lord Abbett Micro Cap Growth Fund (LMIYX)
Third quarter gain: 13.63%
2017 gain: 33.94%
Small-company stocks in general have lagged their larger brethren this year, but not by much: Small-cap growth funds have jumped 18.43%, vs. 19.15% for large-cap growth funds. Lord Abbett's micro-cap has done considerably better by dipping into micro-cap names like Control4, a $734 maker of smart home products. The stock shut the front door on most of its competitors, jumping 188% this year.