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The Highest-Yielding S&P MidCap 400 Stocks

Updated from 7:01 a.m. EDT

Often, investors look for investment opportunities in large-cap and small-cap stocks, yet they tend to overlook the mid-cap investment opportunities. Standard & Poor's has a MidCap 400 Index, and surprisingly, many of these companies carry fairly high yields.

Stockpickr has reviewed the stocks in the index and compiled a list of the Highest-Yielding S&P MidCap 400 Stocks.

One of the top-yielding mid-cap stocks is PNM Resources (PNM), which yields 7.9%. Shares of this distributor of electricity and natural gas have been beaten down recently over rate regulation discussions in New Mexico. But when the Albuquerque, N.M.-based company responded last Thursday to rate-case recommendations by New Mexico regulators, the stock regained some 17%. The stock has a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 13 and a P/E-to-growth (PEG) ratio of 1.7.

The stockholders of PNM are in good company, as Microsoft's (MSFT) Bill Gates owns shares of this company through his Cascade Investments investment vehicle. Cascade also owns shares of Canadian National Railway (CNI), which sports a 2% yield, Republic Services (RSG), which has a yield of 2.3%, and Grupo Televisa (TV), which has a 0.7% yield.

Hospitality Properties Trust (HPT) is another high-yield mid-cap stock, with a payout rate of 8.5%. This real estate investment trust specializes in hotels, including Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, Staybridge Suites by Holiday Inn and Candlewood Suites. The REIT last month reported a 29% increase in revenue in the fourth quarter. The stock has a forward P/E of 7.5 and a PEG of 1.4.

Hospitality Trust shows up in the Stockpickr portfolio called Barron's Research Reports Jan. 19. Other stocks in the portfolio include Boston Private Financial Holdings (BPFH), which yields 3.6%, Citigroup (C), with a 5.7% yield, and Frontier Oil (FTO), which has a 0.7% yield.

Lee Enterprises (LEE), which is also part of the MidCap 400 Index, pays a yield of 6.6%. Lee, which owns more than 50 newspapers throughout the U.S., has a forward P/E of 9.5 and a PEG of 3.

Lee appears in the portfolio of the First Trust Value Line Dividend Fund, the first closed-end fund to be converted into an exchange-traded fund. This ETF also holds shares of ConocoPhillips (COP), which has a 2.5% yield, Telecom Corp. of New Zealand (NZT), with a 6.9% yield, and Plum Creek Timber (PCL), which has a 4% yield.

To see the entire list of 10 mid-cap stocks, check out the Highest-Yielding S&P MidCap 400 Stocks at Stockpickr.com.

At the time of publication, Altucher and/or his fund had no positions in stocks mentioned, although positions may change at any time.

James Altucher is president of Stockpickr LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of TheStreet.com and part of its network of Web properties, and a managing partner at Formula Capital, an alternative asset management firm that runs a fund of hedge funds. He is also a weekly columnist for the Financial Times and the author of Trade Like a Hedge Fund, Trade Like Warren Buffett and SuperCa$h. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Altucher appreciates your feedback; click here to send him an email.

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