Are you looking for mid-sized companies that still have room to grow? Do you prefer stocks that analysts rate as 'Buy', or better? Do you prefer high-growth stocks? For a closer look at stocks of this nature, we ran a screen.
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 stocks. We then looked for businesses that analysts rate as "Buy" or "Strong Buy" (mean recommendation < 3). From here, we then looked for companies with projected high growth, measured by 1-year projected EPS growth above 25%. We did not screen out any sectors.
Do you think these mid-cap stocks have strong operations? Use this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis.
Air Lease Corporation (AL)
|Industry:||Rental & Leasing Services|
Air Lease Corporation has a Analysts' Rating of 2.10 and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 32.59%. The short interest was 8.66% as of 05/09/2012. Air Lease Corporation engages in the purchase and leasing of commercial aircraft to airlines worldwide. The company also provides fleet management and remarketing services, including leasing, re-leasing, lease management, and sales services to investors and/or owners of aircraft portfolios. As of December 31, 2011, it had a fleet of 102 aircraft comprising 81 single-aisle jet aircraft, 19 twin-aisle widebody aircraft, and 2 turboprop aircraft.
Alkermes plc (ALKS)
Alkermes plc has a Analysts' Rating of 1.70 and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 53.20%. The short interest was 7.21% as of 05/09/2012. Alkermes plc, an integrated biotechnology company, develops medicines that enhance patient outcomes. The company has a diversified portfolio of approximately 20 commercial drug products and a clinical pipeline of product candidates that address central nervous system (CNS) disorders, such as addiction, schizophrenia, and depression. It manufactures and commercializes VIVITROL for alcohol and opioid dependence; RISPERDAL CONSTA for schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder; INVEGA SUSTENNA for the treatment of schizophrenia; AMPYRA to improve walking in patients with multiple sclerosis; and BYDUREON for the treatment of type II diabetes.
Alcoa, Inc. (AA)
Alcoa, Inc. has a Analysts' Rating of 2.50 and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 67.86%. The short interest was 6.72% as of 05/09/2012. Alcoa, Inc. engages in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina. The company operates in four segments: Alumina, Primary Metals, Flat-Rolled Products, and Engineered Products and Solutions. The Alumina segment engages in mining of bauxite, which is then refined into alumina.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF)
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. has a Analysts' Rating of 2.30 and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 27.04%. The short interest was 8.00% as of 05/09/2012. Abercrombie & Fitch Co., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of casual apparel for men, women, and kids. The company sells various products, including casual sportswear apparel comprising knit and woven shirts, graphic t-shirts, fleece, jeans and woven pants, shorts, sweaters, and outerwear; personal care products; and accessories for men, women, and kids under the Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie kids, and Hollister brands. It also offers bras, underwear, sleepwear, and at-home products for girls under the Gilly Hicks brand.
American Campus Communities Inc. (ACC)
|Industry:||REIT - Residential|
American Campus Communities Inc. has a Analysts' Rating of 2.30 and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 67.14%. The short interest was 4.17% as of 05/09/2012. 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.
Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (ANR)
|Industry:||Industrial Metals & Minerals|
Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. has a Analysts' Rating of 2.00 and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 46.50%. The short interest was 8.62% as of 05/09/2012. Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in producing, processing, and selling steam and metallurgical coal in the United States. The company has mining operations in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Wyoming. As of December 31, 2011, it owned or leased approximately 4.
Company profiles were sourced from Finviz. Financial data was sourced from Finviz and Yahoo Finance.
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.