TSC Ratings provides exclusive stock, ETF and mutual fund recommendations using proprietary tools. Our "safety-first" approach aims to reduce risk while achieving performance on a total return basis.
The following five mid-cap companies have market values of $500 million to $10 billion, and receive "buy" recommendations from TheStreet.com Ratings' proprietary quantitative model, which considers more than 60 factors. The stocks are ordered by their potential to appreciate.
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.
Fiscal second-quarter revenue increased 5% to $25 million as net income and earnings per share fell 16% to $5.4 million and 58 cents, respectively. Operating margin declined 14 basis points to 42% and net margin fell 532 basis points to 22%. The company has no debt or interest expenses, and a quick ratio of 1.9 indicates ample liquidity.
Landauer has fallen 18% in 2009, underperforming the
Dow Jones Industrial Average
. The stock offers a 3.5% dividend yield and trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of about 25.
is a for-profit post-secondary education company that offers a variety of academic programs through Strayer University.
Fiscal first-quarter revenue increased 28% to $125 million as net income jumped 24% to $29 million and earnings per share improved 26% to $2.07. Operating margin improved 162 basis points to 38% as net margin fell 89 basis points to 23%. Strayer has no debt and a quick ratio of 1.5, indicating an ideal financial position.
Strayer has fallen 6% in 2009, outperforming the Dow and underperforming the S&P 500. The stock is trading at a price-to-earnings ratio of 33. A 1% dividend yield sweetens the stock, but is below the S&P 500 average.
National Presto Industries
makes small appliances, and defense and absorbent products.
Fiscal first-quarter revenue increased 40% to $108 million as net income and earnings per share ascended 74% to $11 million and $1.58, respectively. Operating margin improved 307 basis points to 14% and net margin climbed 195 basis points to 10%. The company has no debt or interest expenses and abundant cash reserves, as reflected by a quick ratio of 3.6.
National Presto Industries is down 1% in 2009, outperforming the Dow and the S&P 500. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of less than 11 and pays a meager 1.3% dividend yield.
New Jersey Resources
is an energy services company that provides retail and wholesale energy services to customers in New Jersey and other states from the Gulf Coast to New England and Canada.
Fiscal second-quarter revenue declined 20% to $938 million as net income and earnings per share surged 183% to $36 million and 83 cents, respectively. Margins improved significantly during the quarter, with operating margin climbing 443 basis points to 6.2% and net margin jumping 272 basis points to 3.8%. The debt-to-equity ratio remained low at 0.6, but a quick ratio of 0.4 indicates a weak cash position.
New Jersey Resources has fallen 7% in 2009, in line with the DJIA. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 13 and offers an attractive 3.4% dividend yield.
develops and markets health care information systems for doctors and dentists.
Fiscal fourth-quarter revenue rose 28% to $66 million as net income inched up 1% to $11.4 million and earnings per share fell 2% to 40 cents. Operating margin fell 521 basis points to 28% and net margin declined 470 basis points to 17%. The company has no debt or interest expenses and a strong cash balance, as indicated by a quick ratio of 2.1.
Quality Systems has climbed 18% in 2009, outperforming all major U.S. indexes. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 32 and pays a dividend yield of 2.3%.
TSC Ratings was recently given an award for "Best Stock Selection" amongst independent research providers by BNY ConvergEx Group. To see how your portfolio can utilize our research,
A rating can be viewed for any stock through our screener
. Each rating is derived from a variety of fundamental and pricing figures and represents our opinion of risk-adjusted performance relative to a 5,000+ stock coverage universe.