Best Mid Cap Stocks For 2015

Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV  ) will release its quarterly report tomorrow, and investors expect the quirky airline to continue its tradition of strong financials. The question, though, is whether Southwest earnings will grow as quickly as some of its peers, which have been faster to climb onto money-making strategies like baggage fees and other ancillary charges to enhance their revenue.

Unlike other airlines, though, Southwest hasn’t needed those fees to be profitable. With the exception of a few quarters of high fuel costs and depressed economic conditions, Southwest has consistently made money, and it has gradually grown to become one of the largest airlines in the U.S. business. What’s next for the great growth story? Let’s take an early look at what’s been happening with Southwest Airlines over the past quarter and what we’re likely to see in its quarterly report.

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Best Mid Cap Stocks For 2015: Warren Resources Inc.(WRES)

Warren Resources, Inc., an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of onshore crude oil and gas reserves in the United States. It primarily explores for oil reserves in the Wilmington field in California; and natural gas in the Washakie Basin in Wyoming. The company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Smith]

    New York City-based Warren Resources (NASDAQ: WRES  ) has a new CFO.

    On Monday, the independent oil and gas company announced that it has promoted current Chief Financial Officer Timothy A. Larkin to the position of executive vice president for mergers and acquisitions, after 18 years’ service in the former capacity. Taking his place will be Corporate Controller Stewart P. Skelly, now promoted to the CFO’s post.

  • [By gurujx]

    Warren Resources, Inc. (WRES): Vice President & CFO Stewart P Skelly Sold 54,000 Shares

    Vice President & CFO Stewart P Skelly sold 54,000 shares of WRES stock on 09/19/2013 at the average price of $2.91. Stewart P Skelly owns at least 116,545 shares after this. The price of the stock has increased by 1.37% since.

Best Mid Cap Stocks For 2015: First Niagara Financial Group Inc.(FNFG)

First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. operates as the holding company for First Niagara Bank, N.A. that provides retail and commercial banking, and other financial services to individuals, families, and businesses. It offers retail deposit accounts, which include savings, negotiable order of withdrawal, checking, money market, and certificate of deposit accounts, as well as provides business savings and checking, money market, cash management accounts, and municipal deposit accounts. The company?s loan portfolio comprises commercial real estate and multi-family loans; commercial business loans; residential real estate loans; home equity loans; and consumer loans consisting of indirect mobile home loans, and personal secured and unsecured loans. It also sells insurance products, including commercial and personal insurance, surety bond, life, disability, and long-term care coverage products. In addition, the company offers risk management consulting services comprising altern ative risk and self-insurance services, claims investigation and adjusting services, and third party administration services for self insured workers? compensation plans. Further, it provides employee benefits plan and compensation consulting services. Additionally, First Niagara Financial Group offers wealth management services that manage client funds utilizing various third party investment vehicles consisting of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and annuities, as well as other investment products, such as individual retirement accounts, education savings plans, and retirement plans. As of December 31, 2010 it operated 257 bank branches, including 115 in Upstate New York and 142 branches in Pennsylvania. The company was founded in 1870 and is based in Buffalo, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Selena Maranjian]

    Among holdings in which Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss increased its stake were Intel (NASDAQ: INTC  ) and First Niagara Financial Group (NASDAQ: FNFG  ) . Intel sports a hefty dividend yield of 3.7%, and it hasn’t upped that payout in nearly two years, as it invests more in growth with its cash flow. The company has been in a bit of a slump, posting underwhelming earnings and trying to boost its presence in the smartphones and tablets. Many see value in Intel, with its dominant market position, growing revenue and earnings, and significant payout. Investors need to take a long-term view, though.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Equities Trading DOWN
    Shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) were down 15.32 percent to $99.22 after the company reported downbeat Q4 earnings. International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) shares tumbled 14.16 percent to $15.15 after the company reported weaker-than-expected fiscal first-quarter results. Sterne Agee downgraded the stock from Buy to Neutral and cut the price target from $21.50 to $18.00. First Niagara Financial Group (NASDAQ: FNFG) was down, falling 10.79 percent to $9.22 on Q4 results. The company issued weak FY14 earnings outlook.

Best Mid Cap Stocks For 2015: PURE Bioscience Inc.(PURE)

Pure Bioscience, Inc. engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of bioscience products principally in the United States. The company offers silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC) based antimicrobials. The silver dihydrogen citrate technology is an electrochemical process that allows the generation of ionized silver in the presence of organic acid. It provides PURE Hard Surface, a hard surface disinfectant and food contact surface sanitizer for use in food processing equipment, machinery, and utensils; Axen30, a hard surface disinfectant; Silv