Strayer Education ( STRA) is a for-profit post-secondary education company that offers a variety of academic programs through Strayer University.

The numbers: 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 stood at 38% and net margin remained strong at 23%. Strayer has no debt and a quick ratio of 1.5, indicating an ideal financial position.

The stock: Strayer has fallen 7% in 2009, underperforming the Dow and 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 ( NPK) manufactures small appliances, and defense and absorbent products.

The numbers: 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 to 14% and net margin remained steady at 10%. The company has no debt or interest expenses but has abundant cash reserves, as reflected by a quick ratio of 3.6.

The stock: National Presto is up 2% in 2009, outperforming the Dow and the S&P 500. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 11 and offers a meager 1.3% dividend yield.

Quality Systems ( QSII) develops and markets health-care information systems that automate medical and dental practices and networks of practices.

The numbers: 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 to 28% and net margin declined to 17%. The company has no debt or interest expenses and a strong cash balance, as indicated by a quick ratio of 2.1. The stock: Quality Systems has climbed 24% in 2009, outperforming all major U.S. indexes. The stock trades at an expensive price-to-earnings ratio of 33 and offers a dividend yield of 2.2%.

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