The 25 Best Public Companies, and the Worst Quarter in the History of Retail

The following video is from Thursday's Investor Beat, in which host Chris Hill, and analysts Jason Moser and Matt Argersinger dissect the hardest-hitting investing stories of the day.

In today's edition, we take a look at countless hours of Motley Fool research compiled into one big list of the 25 best publicly traded companies, and we break down some abominable numbers from J.C. Penney's (NYSE: JCP  ) earnings report. Those stories, plus the day's four biggest movers, and two stocks we'll be watching closely this week.

J.C. Penney has been a train wreck, whose comeback always seems just around the next earnings corner; but people are beginning to doubt if CEO Ron Johnson can weave the same magic that he did at Apple. Investors wondering whether J.C. Penney is a buy today are invited to claim a copy of The Motley Fool's must-read report on the company. Learn everything you need to know about JCP's turnaround -- or lack thereof -- and, as a bonus, you'll receive a full year of expert guidance and updates as key news develops. Simply click here now for instant access.


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  • Report this Comment On March 01, 2013, at 1:39 AM, neocolonialist wrote:

    I can't believe anyone would put Intel on their top 25 list, and ESPECIALLY if that list doesn't include MSFT or AAPL. You couldn't give me shares of Intel. That is the single most dysfunctional company on the planet. Their very structure is, in my opinion, unsustainable. They treat their engineers like interchangeable Lego pieces, and worse expendible pieces at that. Just Google "Intel ranking and rating system" if you want to see what I mean by unsustainable structure. Intel believes in hiring just about anyone with a pulse and then winnowing down their workforce via yearly or 6-month review processes. I think that is a terrible terrible way to treat professionals and I have no idea why any self respecting engineer would work there. I can't imagine a hospital or law office having a persistent mandatory 5% reduction target for doctors or lawyers respectively. Why would anyone deal with highly skilled professionals like that? The tech companies I like try to hire only the best talent and then work hard to try to keep that talent (MSFT, AAPL, GOOG, etc.)

    You guys bombed on this pick.

    Bill M.

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