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


Price as of 10/8/2007

CAPS Rating

% Change

52-Week Range

Tyco Electronics (NYSE:TEL)





Cardinal Health (NYSE:CAH)





Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE:CCE)





Northern Trust (NASDAQ:NTRS)





Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)





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

Our top gainer, Tyco, a multinational conglomerate, was up for reasons not yet reported. So be it. We Fools prefer buy-to-hold stock stories anyway. Are any of our large-cap leaders worth owning over the next three to five years?

Caterpillar, a heavy-equipment manufacturer, might still be. In our Motley Fool CAPS community, 2,156 players believe that the stock will outperform the market, while 124 participants disagree. Overall, professional and amateur investors in CAPS give the stock four out of five stars. Here's some of the reasoning behind the rating.

CAPS All-Star deadcat2 writes:

Good opportunity to pick up strong company at [a] P/E approaching single digits, giving it a reasonable PEG ratio. Cash flow has been growing nicely over the past 3-4 yrs. And hey, you can collect a buck a share in dividends while you wait for the price to climb.

Investor pigoitas adds:

CAT continues to see significant growth opportunities in product categories such as large engines (for oil & gas, marine, and electric power applications) and mining equipment. At the same time, having acquired Progress Rail [last] year, CAT is adding aggressively to its service capabilities, to reduce cyclicality.

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