Each weekday, TheStreet.com Ratings compiles a list of the top five stocks in five categories -- fast-growth, all-around value, large-cap, mid-cap and small-cap -- and publishes these lists in the
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This list, updated daily, is based on data from the close of the previous trading session. Today, mid-cap stocks are in the spotlight. These are stocks of companies that have market capitalizations of between $500 million and $10 billion that rank near the top of all stocks rated by our proprietary quantitative model, which looks at more than 60 factors.
The stocks must also be followed by at least one financial analyst who posts estimates on the Institutional Brokers' Estimate System. They are ordered by their potential to appreciate.
Note that no provision is made for off-balance-sheet assets such as unrealized appreciation/depreciation of investments, market value of real estate or contingent liabilities that might affect book value. This could be material for some companies with large underfunded pension plans.
, an aircraft-components company, has maintained a buy rating since August 2005. The company has demonstrated impressive growth in revenue, net income and earnings per share, along with good cash flow from operations. The company has shown a pattern of positive EPS growth over the past two years, a trend TheStreet.com Ratings team believes will continue in the coming year. Triumph also has impressive net operating cash flow. These strengths outweigh its low profit margins.
has secured a buy rating since August 2005. The company enjoys a largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels, solid stock price performance and impressive growth in revenue, earnings per share and net income. These factors should overcome Lincoln's low profit margins. Last month, the company said second-quarter earnings increased 30%, while revenue climbed 17%, higher than the industry average of 4.6%.
, a video game retailer, has been rated buy since August 2005. The company has enjoyed a largely solid financial position and solid stock price performance, with impressive growth in revenue, earnings per share and net income. These strengths are expected to outweigh the company's low profit margins. GameStop reported in May that first-quarter profit more than doubled because of strong sales of consoles. Sales increased 23% to $1.27 billion, greatly exceeding the industry average of 8%.
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, which makes branded food products, has been rated buy since August 2006. The company has demonstrated long-term strategic growth initiatives and reported decent financial performance, despite a challenging cost environment in fiscal 2007. J.M. Smucker also continued its efforts to boost shareholder returns. In June the company reported a 21% increase in year-over-year fourth-quarter earnings. Annual sales totaled $2.15 billion, led by growth in the Smucker's and Jif brands, strong performance across businesses in the special markets and contribution from acquired brands.
, which builds satellites and rockets for commercial, military and civil government customers, has been rated buy since August 2005. The company enjoys a largely solid financial position and solid stock price performance, with strong growth in revenue, earnings per share and net income. TheStreet.com Ratings believes these strengths should outweigh the company's low profit margins. Last month, the company said second-quarter earnings increased 40%, beating Wall Street's expectations, while revenue climbed 39%. Orbital Sciences also boosted its full-year outlook.