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


Closing Price

CAPS Rating
(out of 5)

% Change

52-Week Range

BlackRock (NYSE:BLK)










Nucor (NYSE:NUE)





Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG)





ProLogis (NYSE:PLD)





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

Shares of our top gainer, private equity financier BlackRock, surged after the firm reported better-than-expected 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?

We already know that investors believe CSX and Nucor could be. Not so with BlackRock. The more than 70,000 professional and amateur stock pickers in our Motley Fool CAPS database give it three out of five stars. They can't decide whether to go long or sell short. Here's a sampling of the diverse opinions dominating the CAPS conversation when it comes to BlackRock.

Bullish investor BaeslerCapital writes:

Blackstone's Frankenstein. Not crazy about the [Merrill Lynch deal] -- but it's still attractive for another retest of the year highs.

Bearish investor tenmiles counters:

At 40 [times] earnings, BlackRock seems richly priced. A big chunk of [its] business remains in institutional (U.S. pension) business, where there is a secular movement out of bonds. The synergies with [Merrill] remain to be seen, as does [its] ability to produce solid equity returns. I am a seller in CAPS and in the real world on this one at $170.

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

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