Tuesday's 5 Large-Cap Leaders

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

Company

Currently
Fetching

CAPS Rating

% Change

52-Week Range

Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX)

$113.06

*****

4.56%

$48.85-$113.96

BlackRock (NYSE:BLK)

$186.28

***

3.94%

$139.20-$186.30

Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG)

$51.12

**

3.57%

$45.67-$75.87

Nike (NYSE:NKE)

$61.77

****

2.93%

$43.89-$62.19

Nucor (NYSE:NUE)

$58.77

****

2.62%

$41.62-$69.93

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

Our top gainer, copper and gold miner Freeport-McMoRan, was once again 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?

We already know Freeport, Nucor, and Nike could be. Not so much with Harley-Davidson. The more than 65,000 professional and amateur investors in our Motley Fool CAPS database give the stock just two out of five stars, suggesting that it may be worth shorting. Here's some of the reasoning behind the rating.

Investor thearistocrats writes:

Having a Harley is the dream of the working class. To have one, many might go well beyond their means. ... If lending standards tighten there will be less credit approvals, and potential buyers won't be as able to use a home equity loan for financing. This HOG will be slaughtered.

All-Star cheeseheadnate adds:

People are putting the blame on the subprime mess ... but living 45 miles north of Milwaukee I'll tell you most are going with metric bikes vs. Harley (for price, dependability, and quality). ... You would think that with the dramatic increase in NEW motorcyclists on the road over the last 5 years, [Harley-Davidson] would being making money hand over fist. People aren't choosing HD; they are looking for value, and value comes in the form of metric bikes.

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

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