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3 Top Mid-Cap Stocks to Buy Now

It’s easy for good opportunities in mid-cap stocks to go unnoticed by investors. Stocks with a market capitalization between $2 billion and $10 billion are sort of tweeners by definition. They often don’t get the attention in the press that the market giants get, and they also can be overlooked by investors searching the small-cap universe for the giants of tomorrow.

But the best mid-cap stocks are proven businesses on their way to becoming large companies. They’ve already graduated from small-company status. While they may still be prioritizing investment for growth over making profits, they usually have mature business models that savvy investors can recognize as winning formulas.

The three stocks below are established businesses that are performing well in today’s challenging business environment. One is a conservative choice and two are growing at breakneck speed, but all three are well positioned to succeed in 2021, regardless of the speed

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2 Turnaround Stocks to Buy for 2021

The management teams of package delivery company UPS (NYSE:UPS) and multi-industry industrial 3M (NYSE:MMM) are in a hurry. Both are enacting significant changes to their businesses with the aim of improving performance. As such, their stocks represent excellent buying opportunities for value-oriented investors. Here’s why.

UPS

Surging e-commerce volumes, particularly in business to consumer (B2C) deliveries to residential deliveries bring about opportunities, but also challenges, for UPS. In common with FedEx (NYSE:FDX), UPS has enjoyed strong e-commerce-related volume growth in recent years. That’s undoubtedly a positive, but it also has some negatives as well:

  • UPS and FedEx have seen margin challenges due to surging B2C deliveries as, among other issues, inefficiently packaged and bulky deliveries are costly to deliver to residential addresses. 
  • Both companies have been forced to increase capital expenditures to expand/upgrade their delivery networks in order to service e-commerce growth.

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3 Dividend-Raising Income Stocks to Buy in December

There’s no shortage of reasons investors love dividends. Besides the cash flexibility they provide, these payouts act as cushions during market swoons and amplify returns over long holding periods when you reinvest the income.

A dividend hike is also a useful sign for income investors, since it usually reflects expanding growth opportunities for the business, improving profitability, or both.

With that in mind, let’s look at three dividend stocks that raised their payouts in recent weeks: Nike (NYSE:NKE), McCormick (NYSE:MKC), and Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST). Here’s why these stocks look like solid long-term investments today.

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Nike

Nike routinely announces its annual dividend increase in November, and this boost was its 19th consecutive hike. But there were some additional factors that made this year’s raise worth following. The sports apparel titan endured collapsing revenue during the COVID-19 closures, meaning

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Buy 5 Business Services Stocks Ahead of Q2 Earnings Next Week

We are in the middle of the coronavirus-stricken second-quarter 2020 earnings season and the results so far are highly disappointing mainly due to the lockdowns.

Coronavirus-induced devastations haven’t spared any sector and business services has suffered significantly. Nevertheless, a handful of business services companies are set to beat second-quarter earnings estimates next week.

A Brief Review of Q2

U.S. GDP plunged 32.9% in second-quarter 2020, marking its worst-ever quarterly decline, with the previous nearest low witnessed in the second quarter of 1921. Notably, in the first quarter, the economy declined by 5% year over year.

Economic activities were way below last year in the second quarter since lockdowns continued for nearly two months till the third week of May. Meanwhile, by mid-June, all 50 states reopened their economies in some form or the other.

However, a second wave of COVID-19 in some states since the second half of June forced

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