Friday's 5 Large-Cap Leaders

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

Company

Closing Price

CAPS Rating (out of 5)

% Change

52-Week Range

Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS)

$18.93

***

7.80%

$16.91-$32.17

State Street (NYSE:STT)

$78.90

*

3.82%

$59.13-$79.25

Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX)

$116.85

*****

3.56%

$48.85-$120.20

Constellation Energy (NYSE:CEG)

$94.70

*****

1.88%

$61.35-$98.20

Northern Trust (NASDAQ:NTRS)

$74.35

**

1.88%

$56.00-$74.57

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

Shares of our top gainer, credit card issuer Discover Financial, advanced after an upgrade from All-Star analyst Calyon Securities. Interesting, but we Fools prefer buy-to-hold stock stories. Are any of our large cap leaders worth owning over the next three to five years?

We already know investors like copper miner Freeport-McMoRan and Maryland utility Constellation. We also know there are many among the more than 70,000 professional and amateur stock pickers in our Motley Fool CAPS database who've rated brokerage State Street as a short.

But they're far less certain when it comes to Discover, which is stuck in the middle with a three-star rating. Here's a sampling of the diverse opinions dominating the CAPS conversation when it comes Discover.

Bullish investor malachirc writes:

I don't expect a [MasterCard (NYSE: MA  ) -like] performance, but it's a solid company, great P/E ratio compared to [MasterCard], lots of room and willingness to expand, and a hold on the ATM market which can be very profitable.

Bearish All-Star JBerko counters:

I don't understand where positive sentiment comes from for [Discover]. They've got anemic international presence (a pre-tax loss of $67 million); in Q3 net dropped 16% due to uncollectible payments they wrote off, they set aside further funds for more write-offs. Tightening in the asset-backed securities market is particularly painful to them ... to the point where they're looking to move toward other sources of funding ...

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

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