BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- The Russell Mid-Cap Index outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index in 2009. Shares of the following medium-sized companies are likely to beat indices in 2010.
5. Check Point Software Technologies ( CHKP) designs Internet-security programs. The numbers: Third-quarter profit increased 14% to $91 million, or 43 cents a share, as revenue grew 17% to $234 million. Check Point's operating margin remained steady at 45%. The company has an ideal financial position, with $957 million of cash and no debt. Fourth-quarter results will be released today. The stock: Check Point appreciated 43% during the past year, beating the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 21, a discount to software peers. Check Point doesn't pay dividends.