BOSTON (

TheStreet

) - The

Russell Mid-Cap Index

is outpacing the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

and

S&P 500 Index

this year. The following mid-caps are positioned to outperform U.S. benchmarks.

5. Church & Dwight

(CHD) - Get Report

sells household products.

The numbers

: Third-quarter net income soared 43% to $70 million and earnings per share climbed 42% to 98 cents. Revenue inched up 2% to $646 million. Church & Dwight's gross margin rose from 43% to 49%, and its 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 has risen 6% this year, less than major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 18, reflecting a discount to the market, but parity with household products peers. The shares pay a 0.9% dividend yield.

4. Monro Muffler Brake

(MNRO) - Get Report

repairs cars and sells tires.

The numbers

: Fiscal second-quarter profit increased 30% to $10 million, or 49 cents a share, as revenue grew 14% to $137 million. Monro's gross margin fell from 46% to 43%, but its operating margin rose from 11% to 13%. The company holds $4 million of cash and $83 million of debt.

The stock

: Monro Muffler Brake has gained 18% this year, less than major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 22, a premium to the market, but a discount to specialty retailers. The shares pay a 0.9% dividend yield.

3. Check Point Software Technologies

(CHKP) - Get Report

designs internet security programs.

The numbers

: Third-quarter net income increased 14% to $91 million and earnings per share jumped 16% to 43 cents. Revenue grew 17% to $234 million. Check Point's gross margin declined from 94% to 91%, but its operating margin remained steady at 45%. The company has an ideal financial position, with $957 million of cash and no debt.

The stock

: Check Point has rallied 72% this year, beating major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 21, reflecting parity with the market, but a discount to systems software peers. The company doesn't pay dividends.

2. Tyler Technologies

(TYL) - Get Report

provides technology services to government agencies.

The numbers

: Third-quarter net income rose 18% to $7.5 million and earnings per share climbed 25% to 20 cents, boosted by a lower share count. Revenue grew 8% to $74 million. Tyler's gross margin remained steady at 47%, and its operating margin was unchanged at 17%. The company has a strong financial position, with $7.9 million of cash and $2.1 million of debt.

The stock

: Tyler Technologies has rallied 71% this year, outperforming major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 30, a premium to the market and application software peers. The company doesn't pay dividends.

1. Balchem

(BCPC) - Get Report

sells specialty chemicals.

The numbers

: Third-quarter net income increased 43% to $6.9 million and earnings per share climbed 44% to 36 cents. Revenue dropped 7% to $54 million. Balchem's gross margin rose from 25% to 30%, and its operating margin ascended from 12% to 19%. The company has an admirable financial position, with $39 million of cash and $6.6 million of debt.

The stock

: Balchem has risen 30% this year, more than the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

and

S&P 500 Index

. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 25, a premium to the market, but a discount to specialty chemical peers. The shares pay a 0.3% dividend yield.

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