Top 5 Mid Cap Companies For 2015

Although the constant noise from the 24/7 news cycle has made managing your portfolio more challenging, MoneyShow’s Tom Aspray counsels that you shouldn’t let this detract from your overall investment strategy.

It was a rough week in the stock market as the major averages saw the heaviest selling since last September when investors were disappointed at the Fed’s decision not too taper. The government shutdown in early October caused many others to sell in a panic just before the market bottomed.

The latest catalyst was the poor economic news out of China, which spurred liquidation in many of the emerging markets, further depressing their currencies. Several notable earnings’ misses from several stocks, like International Business Machines (IBM) and Kansas City Southern (KSU), made many nervous about their portfolios as KSU was down 14% on Friday.

It has consistently been my view that any news-related event or economic report (excluding war) should not be a reason to alter your overall investment strategy. There have been countless articles and data points over the past three years that warned of a hard landing for the Chinese economy.

Top 5 Mid Cap Companies For 2015: IPC The Hospitalist Company Inc.(IPCM)

IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides hospitalist services in the United States. It engages in providing, managing, and coordinating the care of hospitalized patients and serves as the inpatient partner of primary care physicians and specialists. As of December 31, 2011, the company with its 1,201 affiliated hospitalists, including physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants that are organized into medical group practices, provided hospitalist solutions at approximately 365 hospitals, and 550 other inpatient and post-acute care facilities primarily in 25 states. It also offers administrative and professional services, including information management system, transition management, regional management, recruiting, training, financial reporting, billing and collection, risk management, and compliance services to affiliated hospitalists. The company serves patients, primary care physicians, specialists, acute care hospitals, alter native sites of inpatient care, and health plans. IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc., formerly known as InPatient Consultants Management, Inc., was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in North Hollywood, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Equities Trading DOWN
    Shares of IPC The Hospitalist Company (NASDAQ: IPCM) were down 2.60 percent to $56.98 after Credit Suisse downgraded the stock from Outperform to Neutral.

Top 5 Mid Cap Companies For 2015: Optical Cable Corporation (OCC)

Optical Cable Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, and sells fiber optic, and copper data communications cabling and connectivity solutions primarily for the enterprise market in the United States and internationally. The company offers fiber optic cables for military field applications, and indoor and outdoor use; and copper datacom cables, including unshielded and shielded twisted pair for copper network installations. It also provides fiber optic connectivity products, such as fiber optic wall mounts, cabinet mounts and rack mount enclosures, pre-terminated fiber optic enclosures, fiber optic connectors, splice trays, fiber optic jumpers, plug and play cassette modules, pre-terminated fiber optic cable assemblies, adapters, and accessories; and copper connectivity products, including category compliant patch panels, jacks, plugs, patch cords, faceplates, surface mounted boxes, distribution and multi-media boxes, copper rack mount and wall mount enclosures, cable assemblies, cable organizers, and other wiring products for datacenter, telecommunications closet, equipment room, and workstation applications. In addition, the company offers data cabinets, wall-mount enclosures, cable management systems, and open frame relay racks for commercial and residential use; various enclosures, modules, and modular outlets for single dwelling and multiple dwelling residential uses; and cellular distribution system, a distributed antenna system for in-building enhancement of wireless communications signals. Further, it provides applied interconnect systems, such as specialty fiber optic connectors and connectivity components, ruggedized copper datacom connectors, and related systems and solutions for military and harsh environment applications. The company sells its products to distributors, original equipment manufacturers, value-added resellers, and end-users. Optical Cable Corporation was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia .

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ning Jia]

    First Security entered into a Consent Order with the Bank’s primary regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) during April 2010 and a Written Agreement with the Federal Reserve Bank during September 2010.

Top 5 Mid Cap Companies For 2015: Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina Inc.(PEBK)

Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina, Inc. operates as the holding company for Peoples Bank, which provides various banking products and services to individuals and small to medium-sized businesses in Catawba Valley and surrounding communities in North Carolina. Its deposit products include demand deposits; interest-bearing checking accounts; NOW, MMDA, and savings deposits; regular savings accounts; money market accounts; time deposits; and certificates of deposit. The company?s lending portfolio comprises commercial loans, real estate mortgage loans, real estate construction loans, and consumer loans, as well as agricultural loans. It also provides real estate appraisal and real estate brokerage services, as well as access to investment counseling and non-deposit investment products, such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, tax deferred annuities, and related brokerage services. It operates 22 banking offices located in Lincolnton, Newton, Denver, Catawba, Conover, Maiden, Cla remont, Hiddenite, Hickory, Charlotte, Monroe, Cornelius, Mooresville, and Raleigh in North Carolina, as well as a loan production office in Denver, North Carolina. The company was founded in 1912 and is based in Newton, North Carolina.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tim Melvin]

    Peoples Bank of North Carolina (PEBK) has also seen strong insider buying recently. One director as well as the CEO and Chairman of the board have made open market purchases of the stock in the past few months. The bank serves the central areas of North Carolina and also operates Banco de la Gente, which has four branches that serve the region’s fast-growing Latin American community. The bank serves a market with above-average economic prospects and has a very attractive 22-branch network that is likely to attract the attention of larger banks in the region.

  • [By Tim Melvin]

    Stilwell’s funds also bought more shares of Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina (PEBK). The bank operates in central North Carolina and has 22 branches with a little over $1 billion in assets. PEBK just reported a solid quarter, increasing earnings by more than 40% year-over-year while working down nonperforming assets by 30%. The bank also grew its deposit base in the quarter — a difficult accomplishment for many small banks this year.

Top 5 Mid Cap Companies For 2015: Antofagasta PLC (ANTO)

Antofagasta plc (Antofagasta) is a Chile-based copper mining company with interests in transport and water distribution. The Company operates in three segments: Mining, Transport and Water. Antofagasta is a holding company that operates through its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures. The principal activities of the Company are copper mining (including exploration and development), the transportation of freight by rail and road and the distribution of water. Its mining operations produce copper with by-products of gold, molybdenum and silver. Its activities are mainly concentrated in Chile. The Company’s segments include Los Pelambres, Esperanza, El Tesoro, Michilla, Antucoya, Exploration and evaluation, Railway and other transport services, Water concession, and Corporate and other items. Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Namitha Jagadeesh]

    British American Tobacco Plc and Imperial Tobacco Group Plc (IMT) each lost at least 1.5 percent as American peer Philip Morris International Inc. forecast 2014 profit growth below its long-term target. Antofagasta Plc (ANTO) and Vedanta Resources Plc (VED) followed miners lower, sliding at least 2 percent. Johnson Matthey Plc (JMAT) gained 3.9 percent after posting better-than-forecast profit and raising its dividend.

  • [By Sarah Jones]

    Rio Tinto, the world’s second-largest mining company, fell 2.7 percent to 2,959.5 pence. Anglo American dropped 2.6 percent to 1,606 pence and Antofagasta Plc (ANTO), which mines for copper in Chile, retreated 3.9 percent to 916 pence.

  • [By Jonathan Morgan]

    Anglo American and Rio Tinto retreated 2.8 percent to 1,421.5 pence and 2.4 percent to 2,740 pence, respectively. Lonmin Plc, the world’s third-largest platinum producer, slipped 3.2 percent to 287.6 pence. Antofagasta Plc (ANTO), the Chilean copper producer, declined 1.2 percent to 911 pence.

  • [By Sarah Jones]

    Among commodity producers, Antofagasta (ANTO) Plc rose 1.4 percent to 904 pence as base metals advanced in London. Glencore Xstrata added 3.2 percent to 315.9 pence and Rio Tinto Group increased 1 percent to 2,786 pence.

Top 5 Mid Cap Companies For 2015: Stillwater Mining Company(SWC)

Stillwater Mining Company engages in developing, extracting, processing, smelting, refining, and marketing palladium, platinum, and platinum group metals (PGMs). The company conducts its mining operations at the Stillwater mine, which is located near Nye, Montana; and at the East Boulder mine located near Big Timber, Montana. It is also involved in developing Marathon, a PGM/copper property, which is located in Ontario, Canada; and exploring Altar, a copper/gold property located in San Juan, Argentina. In addition, the company operates a smelter and base metal refinery located in Columbus, Montana. Further, it recycles spent catalyst material to recover palladium, platinum, and rhodium at its smelter and base metal refinery. As of December 31, 2011, the company had proven and probable ore reserves of approximately 42.5 million tons at its Montana operations; and approximately 91.4 million tones at the Marathon development project. Stillwater Mining Company was founded in 1 992 and is headquartered in Billings, Montana.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Mani]

    Outside of South Africa, only a few listed companies operate in this space, Stillwater Mining Company (NYSE:SWC) is one among them. Stillwater has steered clear of the flawed copper strategy and is now re-focused on making more of the PGM asset base.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    4. Platinum-group metals
    Platinum and palladium both fell sharply, losing 5% and 6% of their value, respectively. Those losses weren’t as extreme as gold’s, but they nevertheless represented a drop to levels not seen since late last year. The two major miners producing the white metals, Stillwater Mining (NYSE: SWC  ) and North American Palladium (NYSEMKT: PAL  ) , both lost more than 10% on the day.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Stillwater Mining (NYSE: SWC  ) says it disagrees with a shareholder advisory service’s support of some of the board candidates put forth by a dissident shareholder. However, the company said in a press release today that it takes heart from some of the service’s conclusions about shortcomings in the attempt by Clinton Group to force change at the company.