|Bid||365.46 x 800|
|Ask||365.48 x 800|
|Day's Range||364.28 - 366.36|
|52 Week Range||284.45 - 370.54|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|YTD Daily Total Return||21.83%|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.14|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.24%|
This is now the second time in roughly a year that actress Elizabeth Banks -- and the marketing team at State Street -- has told us to pay attention to the "middle." And yet, most of us continue to ignore her siren call about mid-cap stocks, which is a huge shame because she happens to be right. Mid-cap stocks and ETFs like the SPDR S&P MidCap 400 ETF (NYSEArca:MDY) are darn good for your portfolio.It turns out that mid-cap stocks fall right in the sweet spot for long-term growth. They aren't too big that their best days are behind them. At the same time, they are just big enough to survive economic duress and downturns. Many of the brands and services we use day-to-day are actually performed by mid-cap companies. Add in their higher rates of dividend growth and you have a recipe for long-term success.Just how much success? Mid-cap stocks, roughly defined as companies between $2 billion and $10 billion in market capitalization, have managed to produce an extra 753% cumulative return over small-caps since the 1990s. And they've done so with less overall volatility. Meanwhile, mid-caps have managed to outperform their larger rivals as well over that time period.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Hot Stocks Staging Huge Reversals The reality is, mid-cap stocks offer the perfect blend of growth and stability that many investors need. We should listen to Banks' advice and head towards the middle. Mid-caps really are that great for our portfolio's health. With that, here are five mid-cap stocks that could be great additions to your investments. Mighty Mid-Cap Stocks to Buy: Zebra Technologies (ZBRA)There's a good chance that you've never heard of Zebra Technologies (NASDAQ:ZBRA). But I can guarantee if you've ever been shopping at some point in your life -- either online or in-store -- your purchase has interacted with their products.Source: The DEMO Conference via FlickrZBRA makes all sorts of barcode scanners, printers, RFID labels, software, and other inventory tracking gear. All of their products are a must-have for retailers looking to ship and stock their shelves. And even more so in the world of omnichannel retailing.With consumers wanting their goods when and how they want them, inventory tracking has become even more important. For Zebra, that's meant a surge in sales. Year-over-year, ZBRA managed to see an 8.9% jump in revenues for its latest quarter. This continues a long trend of higher sales. Even better is a shift towards more high-margin software that has helped boost profits by 75% year-over-year.But e-commerce and omnichannel retail sales aren't the only way Zebra is winning. The firm's products are quickly being demanded by hospitals, food producers and other industries as regulations and safety concerns require intense tracking of goods. The addition of IoT products to its mix is also helping. With that, ZBRA has plenty of room to grow over the long haul.With plenty of cash flows, a new $1 billion buyback program and growth on the horizon, ZBRA is a wonderful mid-cap stock to buy today. Paycom (PAYC)Cloud computing, software as a service (SaaS) and other off-site applications have taken the world by storm. And while there are plenty of larger firms dominating the space, there are many mid-cap stocks winning in the cloud. Case in point: Paycom (NASDAQ:PAYC).PAYC is a perfect example of what the cloud is really good for: automating and performing boring tasks for customers. In this case, it's a variety of human resources functions. Through its suite of applications, Paycom allows HR departments to hire, develop, pay and manage benefits for employees. On the flip side, employees can use PAYC's apps to request time off, enroll in retirement plans, fill in timesheets, etc. Often these tasks can be done via smartphone.The key for PAYC, unlike rival Workday (NASDAQ:WDAY), is that the firm has moved down the ladder in terms of client size. We're talking mom-and-pop businesses to medium-sized firms with a couple hundred employees. This focus has allowed Paycom some great retention rates and growth.Last quarter, PAYC realized a big 31% jump in revenues as it continues to hook more customers and move existing ones into other products. And unlike many smaller cloud stocks, Paycom is profitable -- realizing a 37% jump in EPS year-over-year. * 10 Tech Stocks to Buy Now for 2025 With plenty of ways to add growth and additional customers, PAYC is a prime example of how mid-cap stocks can be used to fuel growth in a portfolio. National Retail Properties (NNN)Sure, many malls across the country are dying a slow death. But not all retail real estate is suffering. Just take a look at your local Taco Bell, bank branch, or Jiffy Lube. These free-standing buildings offer a huge opportunity for mid-cap stock investors -- especially when they are owned by National Retail Properties (NYSE:NNN).NNN owns a huge portfolio of these free-standing buildings and centers -- nearly 3045 to be exact. The win for NNN and its shareholders is that these properties fall under the guise of triple-net leased properties. Here, the tenant is responsible for the payment of taxes, maintenance and other fees associated with renting the property. For landlords, the removal of these extra costs results in a much bigger rent check and profit margin per property. And with its size, National Retail has been able to feast on this fact throughout its history. With its better cash flows, the firm has one of the longest streaks of dividend growth -- 29 years straight -- among all REITs. Currently, NNN yields a healthy 3.6%.The future looks bright for NNN. The vast bulk of its tenants include LA Fitness gyms, 7-Eleven, and Wendy's (NYSE:WEN) franchises. We're talking about internet-proof retail operations. This will continue to boost NNN's occupancy rates and keep the cash flowing towards investors. Bio-Rad Laboratories (BIO)During the gold rush, the people who made the most money weren't the miners themselves, but the stores that provided all the picks and shovels. Today's gold rush could be biotech and healthcare researchers. One of the best mid-cap stocks providing the "picks and shovels" happens to be Bio-Rad Laboratories (NYSE:BIO).BIO may not be as well known to investors as rivals Thermo-Fisher (NYSE:TMO) or Illumina (NASDAQ:ILMN), but its products do find their way into a variety of both public and private research labs. This includes everything from instruments costing tens of thousands of dollars to one-time use consumables and reagents. The combination of products, both advanced and basic, has continued to benefit BIO over its history. Last year, sales at the firm rose 5% as more drug and universities plowed some hefty dollars into research.And that fact doesn't show any signs of slowing. Continued life sciences spending is expected to surge over the next few years by an annual rate of 6% as scientists tackle hard to treat illnesses and diseases. * Buy These 7 Mid-Cap Stocks to Make a Profit This will only help boost BIO's strong pace of growth further. Add in recent wins on the margins front and product additions to its digital life sciences/software segments, and you're looking a great mid-cap stock to own for the long haul. Domino's Pizza (DPZ)Is it a pizza joint or the latest tech start-up full of innovation? For Domino's Pizza (NYSE:DPZ), its looking more like the latter than the former. DPZ has transformed itself over the last few years as it has taken tech spending to a whole new level. The restaurant was one of the first in the sector to offer online ordering. Since that day in 2007, DPZ hasn't looked back.These days, Domino's offers a whole suite of digital tools to make ordering its food easier. This builds on its AnyWare technology. AnyWare allows customers to order a pizza from 15 different methods, including their phone, from their car via Ford (NYSE:F) Sync, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) Home devices and even Slack (NASDAQ:WORK) while at the office. And it continues to add more capabilities to the platform. Moreover, it has rolled out new apps including a one-click system that purchases a customer's normal pizza order in 10 seconds.As a result, DPZ has seen sales surge with digital ordering now making up roughly two-thirds of its sales.Now rivals are starting to move into DPZ's territory with new online ordering and applications. However, DPZ continues to innovate and first-mover status still has it coming out ahead in the pizza wars.For investors seeking mid-cap stocks, Domino's could be a great "tech" play.At the time of writing, Aaron Levitt did not hold a position in any stock mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Hot Stocks Staging Huge Reversals * 7 Under-The-Radar Growth Stocks That Could Benefit New Investors * 5 Excellent High-Yield Dividend Stocks to Buy The post 5 Stocks to Buy in the Mighty Middle appeared first on InvestorPlace.
There’s a lot less attention paid to stocks that fall in between larger-capitalizations and smaller ones, but there’s plenty of reason for investors to pay attention, analysts say. And the best strategy for doing so might be via a passive index exchange-traded fund.
The SPDR Mid-Cap 400 (NYSEArca: MDY) and rival mid-cap ETFs often generate better returns and than rival large and small-cap ETFs, but mid-cap stocks are also an often ignored asset class. There are inklings ...
The SPDR Mid-Cap 400 (NYSEArca: MDY) and rival mid-cap ETFs offer significant potential for long-term investors, but advisors and investors often under-allocate to this asset class. MDY tracks the widely ...
The SPDR Mid-Cap 400 (NYSEArca: MDY) and rival mid-cap exchange traded funds often generate better returns and than rival large- and small-cap ETFs and a lot of that has to do with the sector mix of the ...
An increasing number of data points and research confirm that investors should not gloss over mid-cap stocks and consider the asset class along with related exchange traded funds, such as the SPDR Mid-Cap ...
Investment company Pachira Investments Inc. (current portfolio) buys AT&T; Inc, Alphabet Inc, sells SPDR MidCap Trust Series I during the 3-months ended 2019Q2, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, Pachira Investments Inc.. Continue reading...
Investors often overlook mid-cap stocks, but exchange traded funds can help fill that void on a cost-effective basis. Well-known mid-cap ETFs include the iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: IJH), Vanguard ...
Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track U.S. mid-cap companies may be one of those hidden opportunities, according to a recent report by Bloomberg Businessweek. Indeed, Bloomberg Intelligence ETF analyst Eric Balchunas says that MDY would be the best bet among any ETF in history based on performance. Balchunas describes mid-cap ETFs as "the Jan Brady of the stock market, the forgotten middle child," adding that he "continue[s] to be amazed by mid-caps" even as he himself also forgets about them.
With the markets in recovery mode, the middle-capitalization category and related ETFs have been outperforming the S&P 500 as investors look to a cheap area to jump back into.
For active traders wanting to profit from bearish follow-through after last week's shot over the bow of 2019's massive rally, shorting Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) stock looks like a winning strategy for our bearish audience. Let me explain.Source: Shutterstock This year's regularly scheduled market broadcast of Bulls Gone Wild was canceled this past Friday. Major averages like the S&P 500 and Nasdaq showed chinks in the bulls' armor on either side of 2%. Bearish theatrics were chalked up to fresh signs the yield curve is warning of a recession. But don't think for a second that bullish investors were overreacting and use Friday as a buy-the-dip opportunity in the markets -- or in over-the-top streaming giant and growth star ROKU stock for that matter.As bad as Friday's programming change may have been for the major indices, the smaller-cap averages associated with bigger growth potential got hammered much harder on the session. That's bad news. Even worse though, the group as a whole, including ROKU stock, has been warning the last couple weeks that bulls have overstayed their welcome.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips SPDR Mid-Cap ETFFor its part, the price action in the SPDR S&P Mid-Cap (NYSEARCA:MDY) has struggled after matching its bear-market decline. More troubling, unlike the larger market cap indices, MDY has failed to make a new high since late February. And it gets worse and possibly even more treacherous for ROKU stock bulls. * 7 Marijuana Stocks to Play the CBD Trend The past couple weeks have found MDY falling back below the 200-day simple moving average and the key trend-line acting as resistance, with a lower high pattern emerging. Now and following Friday's bearish technical swipe, shares have narrowly established a lower low formation which confirms a bonafide downtrend in bear territory for the ETF.Bottom line, MDY's technical weakness is likely bad news for a growth stock like Roku, unless you're willing to profit from shorting shares as a bear. ROKU Stock Daily Chart As we can see on the daily chart, ROKU stock, shares have easily outperformed its mid-cap peers both up and down. Last year's correction of 66% and 2019's eye-popping rally of 100%-plus confirm the terror and excitement of being on the right side of how Wall Street perceives growth stocks like Roku.The problem, as detailed above, is that smaller growth names like ROKU stock have already been giving indications that the market's rally has gone too far and is now setting itself up for a larger correction.For their part, shares of Roku are off about 16% from their recent highs as of Friday's close. That's a lot, right? Most likely it's not. If we're right and another correction is just underway in the broader market, a 30% decline or more could come as 2018's technical drubbing proved it is a reality facing ROKU stock. But this would provide windfall profits for bearish short-sellers.For traders agreeable with this outlook, rather than simply watch the action as idle couch potatoes, shorting ROKU stock below $62.50 appears approachable. This slightly below-the-market entry allows for a bit of wiggle room and a clean breakdown of Roku's trend-line from a bear flag pattern without giving away too much profit potential.If a 30% correction is to occur over the coming weeks, ROKU stock would be trading near $52 a share. That's some nice room for profiting from a short position at $62.50.As a decline of this size would also challenge the 200-day simple moving average and with the 50% support level just narrowly below, it's an attractive forecast for bears to consider. And with an initial stop above $68 and the bear flag pattern high, tuning in for a short position in ROKU stock looks even better.Investment accounts under Christopher Tyler's management do not currently own positions in any securities mentioned in this article. The information offered is based upon Christopher Tyler's observations and strictly intended for educational purposes only; the use of which is the responsibility of the individual. For additional options-based strategies, related musings or to ask a question, you can find and follow Chris on Twitter @Options_CAT and StockTwits. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Dual-Class Stocks That Will Outperform * 7 Reasons Why Apple Streaming Won't Move the Needle for Apple Stock * 7 A-Rated Stocks to Buy in the Second Quarter Compare Brokers The post Youare Late in ROKU Stock -- Unless Youare a Bear! appeared first on InvestorPlace.
S&P 500 exchange traded funds, such as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) , iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) and the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO) , and other broad market ETFs are soaring to start 2019. Smaller stocks are participating as well as highlighted by the early 2019 showings for ETFs, such as the SPDR Mid-Cap 400 (MDY) and the iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (IJR) , which tracks the S&P Small-Cap 600 Index. “In the first seven trading days of 2019, the S&P 500 returned 3.6%, its 12th best start on record since 1928 and best since 2003,” said S&P Dow Jones Indices in a recent note.