Wednesday's 5 Large-Cap Leaders

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

Company

Closing Price

CAPS Rating (out of 5)

% Change

52-Week Range

BlackRock (NYSE:BLK)

$206.95

***

4.69%

$139.20-$207.32

GlobalSantaFe (NYSE:GSF)

$81.03

*****

4.46%

$49.40-$81.27

IAC/InterActive (NASDAQ:IACI)

$29.46

***

3.77%

$25.08-$40.99

Paccar (NASDAQ:PCAR)

$55.56

****

3.23%

$38.69-$65.75

Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX)

$117.68

*****

3.22%

$48.85-$120.20

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

Shares of our top gainer, financier BlackRock, were up for reasons not yet reported. So be it. 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 that copper and gold miner Freeport-McMoRan could be. Same with oil driller GlobalSantaFe. Of the more than 70,000 professional and amateur stock pickers in our Motley Fool CAPS database, those who've rated these firms give them five stars each.

But that's not at all surprising. Commodity prices have been on a tear. And with oil hovering near $100 a barrel, there's plenty of reason to be a bull for energy stocks. Who couldn't like a leader like GlobalSantaFe? How about All-Star investor wcwhiner, who shorted the stock in CAPS in April? Quoting:

Energy moved my way a little, so I cashed in [GlobalSantaFe] and am still shorting energy. Wrong and stubborn so far on that latter sector bet ... Still, current prices and spreads strike me as unsustainable in a slowing-growth economy, and while I am not a sky-is-falling pessimist, I expect real GDP to be around a 2% grower for the next two to four quarters. That is not a recipe for higher fuel margins.

Do you agree? Disagree? 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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