E Mid Cap Best And Worst Report - November 12, 2014

Since 2010, the best scoring names in our weekly mid cap reports have outpaced the S&P 400 by a median 4.07% in the following year. The best performers from our list from 1 year ago are ILMN up 95%, AMED up 91%, ALXN up 66%, and LVLT up 54%.

  • The best mid cap sector is utilities.
  • The top mid cap industry is trucking.

The average mid cap score is 65.61, above the four week moving average score of 63.41. The average mid cap is trading -14.45% below its 52 week high, 2.57% above its 200 dma, has 6.98 days to cover held short, and is expected to post EPS growth of 17.1% next year.

The best mid cap sector is utilities. Financials, consumer goods, industrial goods, and services also score above average. Technology is in line. Healthcare and basics are below average.

The best mid cap industry is trucking (ODFL, KNX, HTLD). Intermodal volume remains a major catalyst for logistics plays as intermodal volume hit a new record in October, bringing year-to-date intermodal carload volume growth to 5.5%. Restaurants (CBRL, CAKE, WEN, EAT, BWLD) are high scoring. The Nat'l Restaurant Association's restaurant performance index remains bullish. In September, the current situations index remained above100 (expansion ) for the 7th consecutive month. Business services (VPRT, MMS, GPN) offer upside. Semi ICs (IRF, MSCC) are ranked highly. Investment brokers (GBL, MKTX, SF) round out this week's best industries.

In basics, only synthetics (MTX, POL, CMP) score above average. Business equipment (HNI, PAY) and processed & packaged goods (HAIN, FLO) are best in consumer goods. Investment brokers, regional banks (OZRK, ASBC, FHN, FFIN, CYN), and asset managers (EV, JNS) should be the focus in financials. Concentrate on medical instruments (HRC, PODD, TFX, PKI, NUVA, DXCM) in healthcare. Residential construction (NVR, RYL), industrial electrical equipment (RBC, AOS), and aerospace/defense (TDY, HXL, MOGA) are best in industrials. The top services groups are trucking, restaurants, and business services. Semi ICs, technical & system software (CDNS, TYL), and business software (SSNC, CTSH, VRNT) score highest in technology. Buy gas utilities (NJR, PNY) in utilities.

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