Monday's 5 Large-Cap Leaders

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

Company

Closing Price

CAPS Rating (out of 5)

% Change

52-Week Range

Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG)

$51.25

**

2.99%

$45.67-$75.87

Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS)

$19.49

***

2.96%

$16.91-$32.17

IAC/InterActive (NASDAQ:IACI)

$27.85

***

2.88%

$25.08-$40.99

GlobalSantaFe (NYSE:GSF)

$80.91

*****

2.07%

$49.40-$81.27

Avon Products (NYSE:AVP)

$39.07

***

2.04%

$28.99-$41.85

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

Shares of our top gainer, biker Harley-Davidson, 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?

We already know that oil and gas driller GlobalSantaFe could be. Discover and IAC/InterActive, meanwhile, are stuck in the middle. So is cosmetics couture Avon. Those among the more than 70,000 professional and amateur stock pickers in our Motley Fool CAPS database who have rated it give the stock just three out of five stars. Here's a sampling of the diverse opinions dominating the CAPS conversation when it comes to Avon.

Bullish All-Star ikkyu2 writes:

The genius, here, is in Avon's 5.1 million employees, who do direct sales.... Unlike herbaceuticals, weight loss products, and other brands of snake oil, beauty products actually lend themselves very well to this kind of sales -- everyone knows the Avon Lady ... because most sales are to the Avon Lady's friends. 5.1 million salespeople, each one with a built-in network of goodwill -- that's serious business. And a dividend yield of 1.8%, to put the cherry on top. I'm bullish!

Bearish investor daddyflatt counters, "Poor management, poor growth. Can you say 'below $25?'"

Not yet, apparently. But daddyflatt could yet be proven right. What's your take on Avon? Let us know what you think by signing up for CAPS today. It's 100% free to participate.

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

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