Top Five Mid-Cap Stocks for 2010 - TheStreet

BOSTON (

TheStreet

) -- The

Russell Mid-Cap Index

outperformed the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

and

S&P 500 Index

in 2009. Shares of the following moderately sized companies may beat those large-cap indices again this year.

5. Sybase

( SY) designs system software.

The numbers

: Third-quarter profit increased 20% to $39 million, or 43 cents a share, as revenue rose 3% to $293 million. Sybase's operating margin climbed from 19% to 24%. The company has a liquid balance sheet, with $1.1 billion of cash and $751 million of debt.

The stock

: Sybase advanced 72% over the past year, beating major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 25, a discount to software peers. Sybase doesn't pay dividends.

4. Silgan Holdings

(SLGN) - Get Report

sells metal and plastic packaging.

The numbers

: Third-quarter profit advanced 38% to $74 million, or $1.91 a share. Revenue ascended 5% to $1 billion. Silgan's operating margin stretched from 11% to 13%. The company possesses adequate liquidity, evident in its quick ratio of 1.3. Its 1.4 debt-to-equity ratio is higher than ideal.

The stock

: Silgan Holdings increased 20% during the past year, more than the Dow, but less than the S&P 500. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 13, a discount to containers and packaging peers. Shares offer a 1.4% dividend yield.

3. DeVry

(DV)

is a for-profit educator.

The numbers

: Fiscal first-quarter profit increased 57% to $55 million, or 76 cents a share. Revenue grew 42% to $431 million. DeVry's operating margin extended from 15% to 18%. A quick ratio of 0.9 indicates less-than-ideal liquidity. A debt-to-equity ratio of 0.1 demonstrates modest leverage.

The stock

: DeVry advanced 7% over the past year, lagging behind major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 22, on par with diversified consumer services peers. Shares offer a 0.4% dividend yield.

2. Church & Dwight

(CHD) - Get Report

sells household products.

The numbers

: Third-quarter profit soared 43% to $70 million, or 98 cents a share. 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 10% over the past year, trailing major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 18, a premium to household products peers. Shares offer a 0.9% dividend yield.

1. Balchem

(BCPC) - Get Report

sells specialty chemicals.

The numbers

: Third-quarter profit increased 43% to $6.9 million, or 36 cents a share. Revenue dropped 7% to $54 million. Balchem's operating margin widened 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 advanced 36% in the past year, outpacing the Dow and S&P 500. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 25, a discount to chemical peers. Shares offer a 0.3% dividend yield.

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