Today's 5 Large-Cap Leaders

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


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Limited Brands (NYSE:LTD)





Nucor (NYSE:NUE)










Qwest Communications (NYSE:Q)





Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE:ADM)





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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