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


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CAPS Rating (out of 5)

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Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX)





GlobalSantaFe (NYSE:GSF)










Omnicom Group (NYSE:OMC)





J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP)





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

Our top gainer is, once again, copper and gold miner Freeport-McMoRan, and, once again, 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?

We already know Freeport could be. Same with GlobalSantaFe. The professional and amateur investors in our Motley Fool CAPS database who've rated these stocks give both these firms five out of five stars. And yet not all Fools agree. Two wonder if the miner is worth shorting.

Investor billat2000 writes:

Freeport has too many problems trashing the countries it goes into to mine copper, aluminum, etc. The Norwegian Pension Plan system for government employees (a HUGE fund) just decided to dump ALL its FCX holdings for its poor human rights record.

All-Star wcwhiner adds:

I think materials are extended given the slowing-growth environment. Even the phrase "soft landing" still includes the word "landing". Since I've decided to start [favoring] select five-star, large-constituency stocks, that's enough for me.

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

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Fool contributor Tim Beyers, who is ranked 10,097 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 selection of both Stock Advisor and Inside Value. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy doesn't need to be large in order to be in charge, but it is.