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10 Mid-Cap Stocks Analysts Love

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - Analysts expect these 10 mid-cap stocks to outperform the broader market. Analysts see these stocks from diverse sectors having upside potential ranging from 17% to 102%. Among analysts covering the stocks, an average of 74% have buy ratings.

The stocks are listed in ascending order of upside potential.

10. Smithfield Foods (SFD) sells a range of fresh meat and meat products.

Of the 18 analysts covering the stock, 56% recommend a buy and the rest suggest a hold. There are no sell ratings. On average, analysts' 12-month price target for the stock is $27.82, 17% higher than the current price, according to Bloomberg data.

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For the second quarter of fiscal 2012, revenue grew 10% to $3.3 billion from about $3 billion in second quarter prior fiscal. Packaged meat sales and core brand sales rose 7% and 10% year-over-year, respectively. Smithfield reported earnings of $120.7 million, or 74 cents per diluted share, vs. $143.7 million, or 86 cents per diluted share in the second quarter fiscal 2011. The company has repurchased $111 million worth stock and has repaid $115 million of long-term bonds, year to date.

Smithfield expects robust global demand for pork during the second half of fiscal 2012, driven by higher demand worldwide, especially China. It forecasts sustainable hog production and targets overall volume growth of 3%.

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