6 Mid-Cap Dividend Stocks With Strong Projected Growth Rated Buy Or Better

by: ZetaKap

Are you looking for mid-sized companies that still have room to grow? Interested in stocks paying dividend income, but don't know where to start? Do you prefer stocks that are projected to grow over the next year? Are you after stocks that analysts are calling 'buy' or 'strong buy'? If the answer is 'yes,' here are some interesting ideas to get you started.

EPS growth (earnings per share growth) illustrates the growth of earnings per share over time. The 1-Year Expected EPS Growth Rate is an annual growth estimate, where the growth projections are made by analysts, the company or other credible sources.

We first looked for mid-cap dividend stocks. From here, we then looked for companies that have expected earnings per share growth of more than 25 percent for next year (1-year projected EPS Growth Rate>25%). We then screened for businesses that analysts rate as "Buy" or "Strong Buy" (mean recommendation < 3). We did not screen out any sectors.

Do you think these mid-cap stocks will outperform? Use this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis.

American Campus Communities Inc. (NYSE:ACC)

Sector: Financial
Industry: REIT - Residential
Market Cap: $3.34B
Beta: 0.79

American Campus Communities Inc. has a Dividend Yield of 3.02%; a Payout Ratio of 222.77%; a 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 67.14%; and an Analysts' Rating of 2.30. The short interest was 4.17% as of 05/07/2012. American Campus Communities, Inc. , a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, design, finance, development, lease, and management of student housing properties in the United States. As of July 12, 2005, the company owned and managed 25 student housing properties, containing approximately 16,300 beds, as well as managed 44 student housing properties, representing 27,600 beds. ACC also provides construction management and development services for student housing properties owned by colleges and universities, charitable foundations, and others.

Linn Energy, LLC (LINE)

Sector: Basic Materials
Industry: Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap: $7.77B
Beta: 0.69

Linn Energy, LLC has a Dividend Yield of 7.44%; Payout Ratio of 57.07%; 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 29.55%; and Analysts' Rating of 1.50. The short interest was 1.04% as of 05/07/2012. Linn Energy, LLC, an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition and development of oil and gas properties. The company's properties are primarily located in the Mid-Continent, the Permian Basin, Michigan, California, and the Williston Basin in the United States. As of December 31, 2011, it had proved reserves of 3,370 billion cubic feet equivalent of oil and gas, and natural gas liquids, as well as operated 7,759 gross productive wells.

Lazard Ltd. (NYSE:LAZ)

Sector: Financial
Industry: Asset Management
Market Cap: $3.15B
Beta: 1.46

Lazard Ltd. has a Dividend Yield of 3.12%; Payout Ratio of 55.35%; 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 40.76%; and Analysts' Rating of 2.40. The short interest was 2.09% as of 05/07/2012. Lazard Ltd, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial advisory and asset management firm. Its financial advisory services include advice on mergers and acquisitions and other strategic matters, as well as on restructurings, capital structure, capital raising, and other financial matters. The company's asset management services comprise strategies for the management of equity and fixed income securities, and alternative investment and private equity funds, as well as wealth management services. It serves corporations, governments, institutions, partnerships and individuals.

Camden Property Trust (NYSE:CPT)

Sector: Financial
Industry: REIT - Residential
Market Cap: $5.46B
Beta: 1.54

Camden Property Trust has a Dividend Yield of 3.30%; Payout Ratio of 275.25%; 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 26.09%; and Analysts' Rating of 2.40. The short interest was 2.72% as of 05/07/2012. Camden Property Trust is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is engaged in the ownership, development, acquisition, management, and disposition of multifamily residential apartment communities.

Digital Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE:DLR)

Sector: Financial
Industry: REIT - Office
Market Cap: $8.39B
Beta: 1.06

Digital Realty Trust Inc. has a Dividend Yield of 3.95%; Payout Ratio of 207.34%; 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 28.21%; and Analysts' Rating of 2.40. The short interest was 10.37% as of 05/07/2012. Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust, through its controlling interest in Digital Realty Trust, L.P., engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of technology-related real estate.

MarkWest Energy Partners LP (NYSE:MWE)

Sector: Basic Materials
Industry: Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration
Market Cap: $4.16B
Beta: 0.95

MarkWest Energy Partners LP has a Dividend Yield of 5.42%; Payout Ratio of 379.92%; 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 28.92%; and Analysts' Rating of 1.70. The short interest was 0.56% as of 05/07/2012. Markwest Energy Partners, L.P., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the gathering, processing, and transportation of natural gas in the southwest, Gulf Coast, and northeast regions of the United States.

*Company profiles were sourced from Finviz. Financial data was sourced from Finviz and Google Finance.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

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