Editor's note: As part of our partnership with PBS's Nightly Business Report, TheStreet's Bryan Ashenberg joined NBR Tuesday (watch video and read transcript here) to discuss stocks with breakout potential.
As earnings season has come to a close, we are taking this opportunity to highlight three of our Breakout Stocks model portfolio holdings. These names represent small- and mid-cap stocks that are in various stages of their stock lifecycles. One company boasts a successful turnaround story and plenty of room for further growth. The second is a company in the midst of righting the ship, and the third is in the earlier stages of a turnaround.First up is Kansas City Southern ( KSU - Get Report). The company operates rail-freight transportation services in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. We are convinced that the company is capable of lowering its costs while capitalizing on emerging growth opportunities, including a revitalized Mexican rail business. In addition, its improving balance sheet may even be able to support a dividend beginning in 2012.