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Following are the 24 mid cap. companies which have seen a positive shift in analyst sentiments in last 1 month and have received 2 or more analyst upgrades:

Tkr

Company Name

Market Cap (mil)

No. of analyst upgrades in last 1 month

AOL

AOL INC

2134.59

2

CIEN

CIENA CORP

2303.9

2

PPO

POLYPORE INTER

2408.93

2

AWI

ARMSTRONG WORLD

2549.92

2

IPI

INTREPID POTASH

2553.57

2

KEX

KIRBY CORP

3028.49

2

ZION

ZIONS BANCORP

4222.2

2

CTAS

CINTAS CP

4292.19

2

ONNN

ON SEMICONDUCTOR

4396.95

2

JDSU

JDS UNIPHASE CRP

4565.28

2

CREE

CREE INC

4864.78

2

COG

CABOT OIL & GAS

5222.19

2

RDC

ROWAN COS

5274.49

2

NTES

NETEASE.COM

6035.68

4

HRS

HARRIS CP

6162.58

2

AKAM

AKAMAI TECH

7066.78

2

TSN

TYSON FOODS INC

7402.81

2

TXT

TEXTRON

7541.9

2

MMI

MOTOROLA MOBILIT

7680.68

2

FTR

FRONTIER COMM

8089.35

2

ESV

ENSCO PLC

8342.84

2

WDC

WESTN DIGITAL

8360.86

2

LFL

LAN AIRLINES SA

8801.79

2

RHT

RED HAT INC

9119.34

2

Here are some of the specifics about these companies, including brief description of their business, growth rates (topline and bottomline) and Valuation:

AOL Inc. is a global web services company with a suite of brands and offerings. The company's business spans online content, products and services that it offers to consumers, publishers and advertisers. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 1.08 and next year is 1.2. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to decline 10.85% current year and 5.09% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 16.64. Out of 16 analysts covering the company, five are positive and have buy recommendation, one has sell recommendation and 10 have hold ratings.

Ciena Corporation is a provider of communications networking equipment, software and services that support the transport, switching, aggregation and management of voice, video and data traffic. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.07 and next year is 1.09. According to the consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 46.17% current year and 14.92% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 22.31. Out of 27 analysts covering the company, 17 are positive and have buy recommendation, three have sell recommendation and seven have hold ratings.

Polypore International, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets specialized microporous membranes used in separation and filtration processes. The Company's products and technologies are used in two primary segments: energy storage and separations media. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 1.77 and next year is 2.28. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 15.87% current year and 16.68% in the next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 23.12. Out of 10 analysts covering the company, seven are positive and have buy recommendation, one has a sell recommendation and two have hold ratings.

Armstrong World Industries, Inc. is a global producer of flooring products and ceiling systems for use primarily in the construction and renovation of residential, commercial and institutional buildings. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 2.26 and next year is 2.96. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 4.51% current year and 6.46% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 14.84. Out of nine analysts covering the company, seven are positive and have buy recommendation, 0 have sell recommendation and two have hold ratings.

Intrepid Potash, Inc. is a domestic producer of muriate of potash. It is also engaged in the production and marketing of potash and langbeinite. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 1.48 and next year is 1.92. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 21.04% current year and 15.82% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 17.68. Out of 17 analyst covering the company, one is positive and has a buy recommendation, five have sell recommendations and 11 have hold ratings.

Kirby Corporation is a marine transportation and diesel engine services company. The company, through its subsidiaries, conducts operations in two business segments: marine transportation and diesel engine services. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 2.76 and next year is 3.33. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 41.75% current year and 22.83% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 16.96. Out of 11 analysts covering the company, nine are positive and have buy recommendations, none have sell recommendations and two have hold ratings.

Zions Bancorporation is a financial holding company. The company focuses on providing community banking services by its business range of small, medium-sized business and corporate banking; commercial and residential development, construction and term lending; retail banking; treasury cash management and related products and services; residential mortgage; trust and wealth management, and investment activities. Its EPS forecast for the current year is .09 and next year is 1.71. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 4.48% current year and 8.81% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 13.49. Out of 31 analysts covering the company, 13 are positive and have buy recommendations, three have sell recommendations and 15 have hold ratings.

Cintas Corporation operates in four segments: Rental Uniforms and Ancillary Products, Uniform Direct Sales, First Aid, Safety and Fire Protection Services, and Document Management Services. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 1.62 and next year is 1.84. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 5.91% current year and 6.23% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 16.04. Out of 12 analysts covering the company, five are positive and have buy recommendations, two have sell recommendations and five have hold ratings.

ON Semiconductor Corporation is a global supplier of power, analog, digital signal processing, mixed signal, advanced logic, data management semiconductors, memory and standard semiconductor components, and integrated circuits. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 1.01 and next year is 1.31. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 51.56% current year and 6.65% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 7.61. Out of 21 analysts covering the company,, 18 are positive and have buy recommendations and three have hold ratings.

JDS Uniphase Corporation is a provider of communications test and measurement solutions and optical products for telecommunications service providers, wireless operators, cable operators, and network equipment manufacturers. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.94 and next year is 1.15. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 31% current year and 12.47% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 17.66. Out of 12 analysts covering the company, eight are positive and have buy recommendations, one has a sell recommendation and three have hold ratings.

Cree, Inc. develops and manufactures semiconductor materials and devices primarily based on silicon carbide, gallium nitride and related compounds. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 1.83 and next year is 2.06. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 14.03% current year and 21.34% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 21.62. Out of 31 analysts covering the company,, 18 are positive and have buy recommendations, four have sell recommendations and nine have hold ratings.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation is an independent oil and gas company engaged in the development, exploitation and exploration of oil and gas properties located in North America. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.84 and next year is 1.49. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 8.96% current year and 23.39% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 33.62. Out of 21 analysts covering the company, 13 are positive and have buy recommendations, one has a sell recommendation and seven have hold ratings.

Rowan Companies, Inc. is a provider of international and domestic contract drilling services. Rowan also owns and operates a manufacturing division that produces equipment for the drilling, mining and timber industries. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 2.46 and next year is 3.84. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 8.35% current year and 22.19% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 10.87. Out of 39 analysts covering the company, 22 are positive and have buy recommendations, three have sell recommendations and 14 have hold ratings.

NetEase.com, Inc., through it s subsidiaries and contracts with its affiliates Guangzhou NetEase, Guangyitong Advertising and Shanghai EaseNet, operates an interactive online community in China and is a provider of Chinese language content and services through its online games, Internet portal and wireless value-added services businesses. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 3.28 and next year is 3.75. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 26.23% current year and 15.48%s next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 12.44. Out of 23 analysts covering the company, 19 are positive and have buy recommendations and four have hold ratings.

Harris Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. The Company operates in three segments: RF Communications segment, Government Communications Systems segment and Broadcast Communications segment. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 4.88 and next year is 5.06. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 14.97% current year and 7.02% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 9.51. Out of 13 analysts covering the company, 10 are positive and have buy recommendations and three have hold ratings.

Akamai Technologies, Inc. provides services for accelerating and improving the delivery of content and applications over the Internet, ranging from live and on-demand streaming video capabilities to conventional content on Websites, to tools that help people transact business and reach out to new and existing customers. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 1.6 and next year is 1.79. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 15.31% current year and 15.4% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 21.08. Out of 25 analysts covering the company, 11 are positive and have buy recommendations and 14 have hold ratings.

Tyson Foods, Inc. is a meat protein and food production company. It produces, distributes and markets chicken, beef, pork, prepared foods and related allied products. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 2.03 and next year is 2.05. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 8.97% current year and 4.02% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 9.57. Out of 17 analysts covering the company, nine are positive and have buy recommendations and eight have hold ratings.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company with a global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with products and services worldwide. It conducts its business through five operating segments: Cessna, Bell, Textron Systems and Industrial, which represents its manufacturing businesses, and Finance, which represents its finance business. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 1.17 and next year is 1.87. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 9.84% current year and 8.59% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 14.62. Out of 15 analysts covering the company, 11 are positive and have buy recommendations and 4 have hold ratings.

Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. is a provider of technologies, products and services that enable a range of mobile and wireline digital communication, information and entertainment experiences. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.95 and next year is 1.2. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 15.5% current year and 13.32% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 13.64. Out of 35 analysts covering the company, 17 are positive and have buy recommendations, 4 have sell recommendations and 14 have hold ratings.

Frontier Communications Corporation, formerly Citizens Communications Company, is a communications company providing services to rural areas and small and medium-sized towns and cities. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.28 and next year is 0.32. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 39.32% current year and decline 3.94% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 25.14. Out of 18 analysts covering the company, seven are positive and have buy recommendations, two have sell recommendations and nine have hold ratings.

Ensco plc, formerly Ensco International plc, is an offshore contract drilling company. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 3.62 and next year is 5.12. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 4.63% current year and 23.27% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 11.36. Out of 36 analysts covering the company, 24 are positive and have buy recommendations, 1 has a sell recommendation and 11 have hold ratings.

Western Digital Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and sells hard drives. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 3.05 and next year is 3.74. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to decline 5.27% current year and grow 5.2% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 9.65. Out of 24 analysts covering the company, 13 are positive and have buy recommendations, three have sell recommendations and nine have hold ratings.

Lan Airlines SA is a Chile-based passenger airline and cargo operator. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 1.28 and next year is 1.49. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 17.77% current year and 14.05% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 17.46. Out of 12 analysts covering the company, five are positive and have buy recommendations and seven have hold ratings.

Red Hat, Inc. is engaged in providing open source software solutions to the enterprise, including its core enterprise operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, its enterprise middleware platform, JBoss Enterprise Middleware, its virtualization solutions and other Red Hat enterprise technologies. Its EPS forecast for the current year is 0.96 and next year is 1.12. According to consensus estimates, its topline is expected to grow 16.85% current year and 14.08% next year. It is trading at a forward P/E of 42.03. Out of 25 analysts covering the company, 17 are positive and have buy recommendations, two have sell recommendation and six have hold ratings.

Source: 24 Mid Caps With 2 or More Analyst Upgrades in Last Month