Monday's Big Stocks for Big Profits

When large caps make a run for it, Fools take notice.

Think of Microsoft. After years of poor performance, Mr. Softy and his $300 billion-plus market cap began making a move last month, enriching investors who had bought and stayed in.

Hence this column. For as much money as there is to be made in fast-movers like Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection Charles Schwab (Nasdaq: SCHW  ) , which hit a new 52-week high yesterday, the turtle often beats the hare.

Take a look at Monday's finest terrapins, courtesy of The Wall Street Journal:

Company

Closing Price

CAPS Rating
(out of 5)

% Change

52-Week Range

Gap (NYSE:GPS)

$19.95

**

2.94%

$15.20-$21.04

United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS)

$72.65

****

2.74%

$68.66-$79.72

Limited Brands (NYSE:LTD)

$18.98

***

1.71%

$18.63-$32.60

Progressive (NYSE:PGR)

$18.62

**

1.47%

$17.53-$25.16

Omnicom (NYSE:OMC)

$46.57

***

1.13%

$45.84-$55.45

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

Shares of our top gainer, Gap, were up for reasons not yet reported. So be it. We Fools prefer buy-to-hold stock stories anyway. Are any of our large-cap leaders worth owning over the next three to five years?

Not really -- if you heed the 74,000-plus professional and amateur stock pickers in our Motley Fool CAPS community. The one that is worth owning, four-star pick and Income Investor recommendation UPS, has quite a few fans.

Of the 863 Fools who rated UPS, 793 say it will outperform the S&P 500. That includes 175 All-Stars -- investors whose choices have outperformed at least 80% of the remaining community.

Superstar stock picker Bob Fiore is among the top 1% of CAPS members. He's known in these parts as TMFdatabasebob and explains the thesis in a pitch from last spring:

What can "Brown" do for you? Let's explore this question as investors, with some insights gleaned from Value Line. UPS carries Value Line's highest Safety rating and their second-highest Financial Strength rating. It also pays a dividend that is currently over 2%, has been growing at a 15% pace over the past five years, and is expected to grow by 10% -- well above inflation -- over the next 3-5 years. If the market turns sour in '07, after four years of solid growth from '03-'06, "Brown" can provide stability, keeping you above water in a sinking market.

I'll agree and add that UPS produces near-20% returns on capital, well above the returns generated by peer FedEx (NYSE: FDX  ) and a clear indicator of superior management. I'd be looking to buy on a pullback.

What about you? What would you do? Let us know by signing up for CAPS today. It's 100% free to participate.

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

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