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Each business day, we compile a list of the top five stocks in one of five categories -- fast-growth, all-around value, large-cap, mid-cap and small-cap.

Today, mid-cap stocks are in the spotlight. These companies have market capitalizations of $500 million to $10 billion and receive buy ratings from our proprietary quantitative model, which considers more than 60 factors. The stocks are ordered by their potential to appreciate.

Landauer

(LDR)

offers personnel radiation monitoring to measure the dosage of x-rays, gamma radiation and other penetrating ionizing radiation to which a person has been exposed. We have

rated Landauer buy

since November 2001.

The company's second fiscal quarter revenue increased 5% year over year to $25 million, outpacing the industry average growth rate of 2%. Net income fell 16% to $5 million, and net operating cash flow increased 111% to $14 million. Gross margin is currently high at 72% but has declined 397 basis points since the year-ago quarter. The company has no debt obligations or interest expenses, and a quick ratio of 1.86 indicates ample liquidity.

Shares of Landauer have fallen 17% in 2009, underperforming the

Dow

and S&P 500

. But at its current share price, the stock offers a 3.44% dividend yield, which is higher than the S&P 500 average of 3.1%. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 24, indicating a premium to the overall market.

Quality Systems

(QSII)

develops and markets health care information systems that automate medical and dental practices and networks of practices. We have

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rated Quality Systems buy

since November 2001.

The company's fiscal fourth quarter revenue ascended 28% year over year to $66 million, surpassing the industry average growth rate of 3%. Net income inched up 1% to $11.40 million and EPS fell 2% to 40 cents. Operating margin fell 521 basis points to 28% and net margin declined 470 basis points to 17%.

Shares of Quality Systems have climbed 20% in 2009, outperforming the Dow and S&P 500. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 32, indicating a sizable premium to the market as the S&P 500 is currently trading at a ratio near 14.

Ralcorp

( RAH) is a Missouri-based manufacturer of store-brand food products for grocery, mass merchandise, drug and foodservice channels. We have

rated Ralcorp buy

since February 2004.

The company's second fiscal quarter revenue increased 48% year-over-year to $947 million on higher pricing and the acquisition of Post Foods. Net income surged 82% to $70 million but EPS declined 17% to $1.25 on higher share count. A low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.62 implies modest leverage, but a quick ratio of .67 indicates a weak liquidity position.

Shares of Ralcorp have ascended 4% in 2009 and 12% from their March 11 low, outperforming the Dow and S&P 500. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 12, representing a discount to the S&P 500 average of 14.

Strayer Education

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is a for-profit post-secondary education company that offers a variety of academic programs through Strayer University. We have

rated Strayer buy

since March 2003.

Fiscal first quarter revenue increased 28% year over year to $125 million on increased student enrollments and a 50% increase in tuition fees since January. Net income jumped 24% to $29 million and EPS improved 26% to $2.07. Strayer has no debt and a quick ratio of 1.47, indicating an ideal financial position.

Shares of Strayer have fallen 5% in 2009, in-line with major indexes. Yet at current price levels, the stock is trading at a premium to the market as reflected by its price-to-earnings ratio of 33. A 1% dividend yield sweetens the stock, but is below the S&P 500 average yield.

Dollar Tree

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operates discount variety stores in the United States under the names Dollar Tree, Deal$ and Dollar Bills. We have

rated Dollar Tree buy

since May 2008.

The company's fiscal first quarter revenue jumped 14% year over year to $1.2 billion, surpassing the industry average growth rate of 7%, as net income increased 39% to $60 million. The company maintained modest leverage as reflected by a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.21. A quick ratio of .86 indicates a less-than-ideal liquidity position.

Shares of Dollar Tree are flat year-to-date, which is in-line with performance of major indexes. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio around 15, which is in-line with the S&P 500 average, and does not offer dividends.

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