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

Closing Price

CAPS Rating (Out of 5)

% Change

52-Week Range

Avon Products (NYSE:AVP)

$40.77

***

4.35%

$29.16-$41.85

Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS)

$20.14

***

3.34%

$16.91-$32.17

IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI)

$28.39

***

1.94%

$25.08-$40.99

Tyco Electronics (NYSE:TEL)

$35.00

***

1.80%

$32.00-$41.28

General Growth Properties (NYSE:GGP)

$53.24

**

1.53%

$42.40-$67.43

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

Shares of our top gainer, cosmetics couture Avon, rose on a blockbuster quarterly earnings report. 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?

Not according to the more than 72,000 professional and amateur stock pickers in our Motley Fool CAPS database. They appear more inclined to short real estate investment trust General Growth than to buy any of our other leaders. Here's some of the reasoning behind its two-star rating.

Investor Ragnich writes:

Purchased several companies at huge premiums to the Net Asset Value of those companies' assets. The company has made its money during the REIT run by engineering returns through the debt markets using risky floating rate debt instruments, not by operating efficiently.

All-Star MCKIrobert adds:

I agree with the sentiment that the P/E ratio is just too high, even for a company with "Growth" in the title! Maybe that's what worries me the most. ... Oh wait, no, it's the fact that they're in a sector that's going to get slammed in the next 5 years.

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

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