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15 Mighty Mid-Cap Stocks to Buy for Big Returns

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Mid-cap stocks aren’t as prolific as the market’s best-known companies, nor as exciting as nimble newcomers. Rather, mid-caps – typically between $2 billion and $10 billion in market capitalization – are nestled between large and small caps, quietly doing their own thing.

But there’s still much to be said for them.

Mid-caps offer a nice balance of risk and reward; most are beyond the inherent instability of smaller players but aren’t yet experiencing the downside of unwieldy size. That’s why the S&P 400 Mid Cap Index has not only outperformed the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index – a collection of many of the market’s biggest players – over the past couple of decades, but also kept up with the small-cap-oriented S&P 600. Mid-caps are the happiest of happy mediums.

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Investors may want to think about making a major, philosophical shift, with the possibility of a global economic headwind on the horizon. Many large caps, such as Apple (AAPL) and Facebook (FB), are actually struggling under the weight of their own size and dominance. Smaller companies, meanwhile, may find it tough to secure much-needed capital as lenders begin thinking defensively. But mid-cap stocks are in a sweet spot between the two extremes: stable enough without the need for new money, but small enough to fly under most competitive and regulatory radars.

Here are 15 mid-cap stocks that look like the top prospects within this often-overlooked sliver of the market.

SEE ALSO: 10 Small-Cap Stocks to Buy for 2019 and Beyond

Data is as of Feb. 15. Mid-caps typically are considered to be companies between $2 billion and $10 billion in market value, though the range is wider for many mid-cap funds.

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