BOSTON (TheStreet) -- Mid-cap stocks, lodged between bellwether blue-chips and fast-growth small companies, often go unnoticed. The following medium-sized companies are determined to garner attention in 2010 by beating their small- and large-cap peers.

5. Check Point Software Technologies

(CHKP) - Get Report

designs Internet security programs.

The numbers

: Fourth-quarter profit rose 27% to $110 million, or 51 cents a share, as revenue increased 25% to $272 million. Check Point's operating margin remained steady at 48%. The company holds $884 million of cash and no debt, indicating fiscal prudence.

The stock

: Check Point returned 40% during the past year, beating the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

and

S&P 500 Index

. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 19, a discount to software peers. Check Point doesn't pay dividends.

4. Bio-Reference Laboratories

(BRLI)

provides clinical-testing services in the New York metropolitan area.

The numbers

: Fiscal fourth-quarter profit increased 37% to $7.2 million, or 51 cents a share, as revenue advanced 26% to $102 million. Bio-Reference's operating margin ascended from 12% to 13%. Its quick ratio of 1.9 and debt-to-equity ratio of 0.2 reflect a strong financial position.

The stock

: Bio-Reference Laboratories increased 52% during the past year, outpacing major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 24, a premium to health care service peers. Bio-Reference doesn't pay dividends.

3. Edwards Lifesciences

(EW) - Get Report

sells cardiovascular devices. The company is scheduled to report fourth-quarter results today.

The numbers

: Third-quarter profit more than doubled to $74 million, or $1.25 a share, as revenue grew 7% to $326 million. The company's operating margin widened from 15% to 17%. Edwards has a liquid balance sheet, with $290 million of cash and $102 million of debt.

The stock

: Edwards Lifesciences increased 62% during the past year, more than major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 25, a discount to health care equipment peers. Edwards doesn't pay dividends.

2. DeVry

(LINC) - Get Report

is a for-profit educator.

The numbers

: Fiscal second-quarter profit soared 69% to $72 million, or $1 a share, as revenue grew 28% to $473 million. DeVry's operating margin widened from 17% to 23%. The company has a liquid balance sheet, with $389 million of cash and $45 million of debt.

The stock

: DeVry advanced 6.6% during the past year, lagging behind major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 21, on par with diversified consumer service peers. The shares offer a 0.3% dividend yield.

1. Church & Dwight

(CHD) - Get Report

sells household products. The company is scheduled to report fourth-quarter results on Tuesday.

The numbers

: Third-quarter profit soared 43% to $70 million, or 98 cents a share, as revenue inched up 2% to $646 million. Church & Dwight's operating margin ascended from 15% to 18%. A quick ratio of 1.1 indicates adequate liquidity. A debt-to-equity ratio of 0.5 reflects conservative leverage.

The stock

: Church & Dwight rose 14% during the past year, trailing major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 19, a premium to household products peers. The shares offer a 0.9% dividend yield.

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