Over the past 10 years, the S&P 500 has posted lackluster 37% cumulative returns. But some big winners during this period, like Deere (NYSE:DE), up 364%, and Chevron (NYSE:CVX), up 209%, have kept the S&P afloat, if only barely.

So who will be the next big winner from the S&P 500? Based on the ratings from our 115,000-member community at Motley Fool CAPS, we've highlighted the five highest-rated S&P 500 component stocks. Why does this matter? We've found that four- and five-star rated stocks outperformed the market as a group by 7 and 12 percentage points, respectively, from November 2006 to July 2008.


CAPS Rating



Genuine Parts (NYSE:GPC)


Auto parts wholesale


Noble (NYSE:NE)


Oil and gas drilling and exploration


Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR)


Industrial equipment and components


Eaton (NYSE:ETN)


Industrial electrical equipment


Ingersoll-Rand (NYSE:IR)


Diversified machinery


*Source: Motley Fool CAPS, as of Aug. 22, 2008.

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