7 High-Growth Mid-Cap Stocks Endorsed By Analysts

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 |  Includes: ACH, CXO, KOG, MEOH, OIS, WFT, WRI
by: ZetaKap

If fast growing companies excite you, mid-cap stocks with a high projected rate of growth are a solid bet. Today, our list includes companies that have surpassed the start-up phase and continue to experience growth as they steadily expand. Additionally, all have received attention from analysts because they are trading below perceived market value. These business represent a variety of opportunities that are worth further investigation.

EPS growth (earnings per share growth) illustrates the growth of earnings per share over time. The 5-Year Expected EPS Growth Rate is a long term annual growth estimate, where the growth projections are made by analysts, the company or other credible sources.

We first looked for mid-cap stocks. Next, we screened for businesses with estimated high-growth, with 5-year projected EPS growth above 25%. We then looked 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 go up in price? Use this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis.

1) Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. (NYSE:KOG)

Sector: Basic Materials
Industry: Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration
Market Cap: $2.18B
Beta: 3.28
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Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. has a 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 50.00% and Analysts' Rating of 2.10. The short interest was 11.63% as of 07/27/2012. Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. engages in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas in the United States. The company's oil and natural gas reserves and operations are primarily concentrated in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana, and the Green River Basin of Wyoming and Colorado. As of December 31, 2011, it had estimated proved reserves of 35.

2) Weatherford International Ltd. (NYSE:WFT)

Sector: Basic Materials
Industry: Oil & Gas Equipment & Services
Market Cap: $8.96B
Beta: 1.79
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Weatherford International Ltd. has a 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 52.72% and Analysts' Rating of 2.20. The short interest was 1.84% as of 07/27/2012. Weatherford International Ltd. provides equipment and services used in the drilling, evaluation, completion, production, and intervention of oil and natural gas wells worldwide. It offers artificial lift systems, which include reciprocating rod lift systems, progressing cavity pumps, gas lift systems, hydraulic lift systems, plunger lift systems, hybrid lift systems, wellhead systems, and multiphase metering systems. The company also provides drilling services, including directional drilling, Secure Drilling' services, well testing, drilling-with-casing and drilling-with-liner systems, and surface logging systems; and well construction services, such as tubular running services, cementing products, liner systems, swellable products, solid tubular expandable technologies, and inflatable products and accessories.

3) Oil States International Inc. (NYSE:OIS)

Sector: Basic Materials
Industry: Oil & Gas Equipment & Services
Market Cap: $3.85B
Beta: 2.01
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Oil States International Inc. has a 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 38.80% and Analysts' Rating of 1.80. The short interest was 5.43% as of 07/27/2012. Oil States International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides specialty products and services to the oil and gas drilling and production companies worldwide. It operates in four segments: Accommodations, Offshore Products, Well Site Services, and Tubular Services. The Accommodations segment offers temporary and permanent work force accommodation services for people working in remote locations.

4) Methanex Corp. (NASDAQ:MEOH)

Sector: Basic Materials
Industry: Specialty Chemicals
Market Cap: $2.60B
Beta: 1.86
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Methanex Corp. has a 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 46.00% and Analysts' Rating of 2.50. The short interest was 0.69% as of 07/27/2012. Methanex Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production, marketing, and sale of methanol. The company also purchases and re-sells methanol produced by others. Its methanol is a clear liquid commodity chemical that is used to produce traditional chemical derivatives, including formaldehyde, acetic acid, and various other chemicals. The company's methanol is also used in energy-related applications; for blending into gasoline, as a feedstock in the production of dimethyl ether, which can be blended with liquefied petroleum gas for use in household cooking and heating, and in the production of biodiesel; and used to produce methyl tertiary-butyl ether, a gasoline component, as well as used into olefins applications.

5) Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI)

Sector: Financial
Industry: REIT - Retail
Market Cap: $3.23B
Beta: 1.70
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Weingarten Realty Investors has a 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 56.29% and Analysts' Rating of 2.20. The short interest was 10.12% as of 07/27/2012. Weingarten Realty Investors operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The company engages in the management, acquisition, and development of real estate. It operates in two segments, Shopping Center and Industrial.

6) Concho Resources, Inc. (NYSE:CXO)

Sector: Basic Materials
Industry: Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration
Market Cap: $8.62B
Beta: 1.22
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Concho Resources, Inc. has a 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 56.37% and Analysts' Rating of 1.90. The short interest was 1.96% as of 07/27/2012. Concho Resources Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and natural gas properties in the United States. Its principal operating areas are located in the Permian Basin region of southeast New Mexico and west Texas. As of December 31, 2011, the company had estimated proved reserves of 386.

7) Aluminum Corporation Of China Limited (NYSE:ACH)

Sector: Basic Materials
Industry: Aluminum
Market Cap: $5.36B
Beta: 2.05
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Aluminum Corporation Of China Limited has a 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 77.50% and Analysts' Rating of 2.00. The short interest was 1.79% as of 07/27/2012. Aluminum Corporation of China Limited engages in the manufacture and distribution of alumina, primary aluminum, and aluminum fabrication products in the People's Republic of China and internationally. Its Alumina segment is involved in the mining and purchasing of bauxite and other raw materials, refining of bauxite into alumina, and sale of alumina. This segment also produces and sells chemical alumina, including alumina hydroxide and alumina chemicals, and metal gallium.

*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.