4 Mid Cap Financial Dividend Stocks Poised For Growth And Rated As 'Buy' Or Better

Includes: ACC, DLR, LAZ, NYX
by: ZetaKap

Are you looking for mid-sized companies that still have room to grow? Interested in gaining exposure to financial companies? Do you like to be able to rely on a stock's dividend income? Do you prefer high-growth stocks? Do you prefer stocks that analysts rate as 'Buy', or better? If so, you'll probably like this list.

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 financial dividend stocks. Next, we then screened for businesses that have high future earnings per share growth forecasts(1-year projected EPS Growth Rate>25%). From here, we then looked for companies that analysts rate as "Buy" or "Strong Buy" (mean recommendation < 3).

Do you think these mid-cap stocks have strong enough fundamentals to move higher? Use our list along with your own analysis.

1) American Campus Communities Inc. (NYSE:ACC)

Sector: Financial
Industry: REIT - Residential
Market Cap: $3.28B
Beta: 0.78

American Campus Communities Inc. has a Dividend Yield of 3.07% and Payout Ratio of 225.18% and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 67.14% and Analysts' Rating of 2.30. The short interest was 4.05% as of 05/28/2012. 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.

2) Lazard Ltd. (NYSE:LAZ)

Sector: Financial
Industry: Asset Management
Market Cap: $2.84B
Beta: 1.48

Lazard Ltd. has a Dividend Yield of 3.46% and Payout Ratio of 51.09% and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 42.86% and Analysts' Rating of 2.40. The short interest was 2.12% as of 05/28/2012. 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.

3) Digital Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE:DLR)

Sector: Financial
Industry: REIT - Office
Market Cap: $7.83B
Beta: 1.06

Digital Realty Trust Inc. has a Dividend Yield of 4.11% and Payout Ratio of 206.53% and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 25.64% and Analysts' Rating of 2.40. The short interest was 10.81% as of 05/28/2012. Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), through its controlling interest in Digital Realty Trust, L.P., engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of technology-related real estate.

4) NYSE Euronext, Inc. (NYSE:NYX)

Sector: Financial
Industry: Diversified Investments
Market Cap: $6.22B
Beta: 1.64

NYSE Euronext, Inc. has a Dividend Yield of 4.90% and Payout Ratio of 57.71% and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 26.36% and Analysts' Rating of 2.50. The short interest was 1.26% as of 05/28/2012. NYSE Euronext, through its subsidiaries, operates securities exchanges. It operates various stock exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NYSE Arca, Inc., and NYSE Amex LLC in the United States; and five European-based exchanges that comprise Euronext N.V.

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