Today's 5 Large-Cap Leaders

Each day, The Wall Street Journal publishes a list of large-cap winners. Here are Friday's best:

Company

Currently Fetching

CAPS Rating

% Change

52-Week Range

Limited Brands (NYSE:LTD)

$23.10

***

3.45%

$20.73-$32.60

Nucor (NYSE:NUE)

$59.50

****

2.30%

$41.62-$69.93

Gap (NYSE:GPS)

$18.55

*

1.76%

$15.20-$21.39

Qwest Communications (NYSE:Q)

$9.37

**

1.74%

$7.41-$10.45

Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE:ADM)

$33.12

****

1.38%

$30.20-$40.00

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! Finance, Motley Fool CAPS.

Our top gainer, Limited Brands, which operates lingerie leader Victoria's Secret, appears to have been recovering from a 4.8% selloff on Thursday. Surely that's interesting to some, but we Fools are buy-to-hold investors. Are any of these stocks worth owning over the next three to five years?

Nucor, a steelmaker, and Archer Daniels Midland, a factory farmer, could be. The 65,000-plus professional and amateur investors rating these stocks in our Motley Fool CAPS investor-intelligence database give them four stars each. Here's why.

CAPS participant Patrick6k says:

[Nucor] has several financial positives right now with what, I believe, is at a price that is a good buying point. Number one, tremendous free cash flow. Two, double-digit profit margins. Three, return on assets of 20-plus percent and return on equity of 30-plus percent. Four, the PE is at around 11. This is a good-sized discount to the market's multiple at the moment.

And according to MCHSkdog:

At the forefront of higher food and energy prices is the squeeze/bottleneck in the alternative fuel and food market for international Brazilian sugar cane-based ethanol vs. domestic US corn-based ethanol. This is where ADM comes into play as it will not only be a seller of domestic based corn ethanol, but also entering the Brazil sugar cane ethanol market in a big way.

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See you back here tomorrow for more of the best of the biggest.

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