Thursday's 5 Large-Cap Leaders

When large caps make a run for it, it's in your interest to follow.

Think of Inside Value pick Microsoft. After years of poor performance, Mr. Softy and his $300-billion-plus market cap began making a move just last month. Look what's happened.

Hence this column. As much money as there is to be made in fast-movers like Cray (Nasdaq: CRAY  ) and eHealth (Nasdaq: EHTH  ) , the turtle often beats the hare. Here's a look at Thursday's finest terrapins, courtesy of The Wall Street Journal:

Company

Closing Price

CAPS Rating (out of 5)

% Change

52-Week Range

GlobalSantaFe (NYSE:GSF)

$82.57

*****

1.90%

$49.40-$83.88

IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI)

$29.82

***

1.22%

$25.08-$40.99

Progressive (NYSE:PGR)

$18.56

**

0.32%

$18.06-$25.16

Harrah's Entertainment (NYSE:HET)

$88.07

***

(0.20%)

$73.52-$88.75

Kellogg (NYSE:K)

$52.43

****

(0.68%)

$48.68-$56.89

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

Shares of our top gainer, oil driller GlobalSantaFe, were up after reporting excellent third-quarter earnings. 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?

Kellogg could be. Among the 72,000 professional and amateur stock pickers in our Motley Fool CAPS database, those who've rated Kellogg give it four out of five stars. Here's some of the reasoning behind that rating.

Investor Speedlimited writes:

Kellogg['s] one letter says it all. It has developed and refined more sugar products than anyone. It now has special protein water. It has always been about health and nutrition but will in the coming months roll out [a] series of products aimed to enhance our health and at the same build up the immune system of its stock price.

All-Star Capsperson adds:

While their cereal business accounts for the better share of their production, Kellogg brands include Keebler, Eggo, Pop Tarts, Nutri-Grain and Kashi. Overall the food producers have seen production and raw material cost increases, [but] Kellogg continues to make a profit, albeit a smaller one. Kellogg has been a master at acquiring companies that add to their offerings and have mounted very successful campaigns for healthy lifestyles. Kellogg won't be a chart popper ... but provides a steady revenue growth year over year.

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

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