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


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Limited Brands (NYSE:LTD)





Nucor (NYSE:NUE)










Qwest Communications (NYSE:Q)





Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE:ADM)





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

Our top gainer, Limited Brands, which operates lingerie leader Victoria's Secret, appears to have been recovering from a 4.8% selloff on Thursday. Surely that's interesting to some, but we Fools are buy-to-hold investors. Are any of these stocks worth owning over the next three to five years?

Nucor, a steelmaker, and Archer Daniels Midland, a factory farmer, could be. The 65,000-plus professional and amateur investors rating these stocks in our Motley Fool CAPS investor-intelligence database give them four stars each. Here's why.

CAPS participant Patrick6k says:

[Nucor] has several financial positives right now with what, I believe, is at a price that is a good buying point. Number one, tremendous free cash flow. Two, double-digit profit margins. Three, return on assets of 20-plus percent and return on equity of 30-plus percent. Four, the PE is at around 11. This is a good-sized discount to the market's multiple at the moment.

And according to MCHSkdog:

At the forefront of higher food and energy prices is the squeeze/bottleneck in the alternative fuel and food market for international Brazilian sugar cane-based ethanol vs. domestic US corn-based ethanol. This is where ADM comes into play as it will not only be a seller of domestic based corn ethanol, but also entering the Brazil sugar cane ethanol market in a big way.

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Fool contributor Tim Beyers, who is ranked 8,571 out of more than 65,000 participants in CAPS, didn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this article at the time of publication. Find Tim's portfolio here and his latest blog commentary here. Gap is a Stock Advisor pick. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy is hotter than city asphalt in the summer heat.