The market's had quite a run over the past three months, as rising prices wiped out some of the most appealing valuations seen in decades. But this starry-eyed, largely hope-based surge in stock prices doesn’t mean you’ve missed the boat, and shouldn’t deter you from making a wish list of stocks you'd like to snag for your own portfolio.

If this truly is the beginning of a new bull market -- which I don’t think it is -- then there’s still more room to run from here. And if it’s simply a fierce bear-market rally -- which is probably more likely -- then a pullback will correct prices. Either way, if you research and build a list of stocks you'd want to own, you simply need to wait until each stock reaches your preferred price to pounce.

To start assembling my very own stock wish list, I used the Fool's CAPS screener to find premium companies such as McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) -- both of which have outperformed the market by an eyebrow-raising 70-plus percentage points over the past 10 years.

To screen for some of the market's best stocks, I used the following criteria:

  • Market caps greater than $10 billion, which suggests stability.
  • A current ratio of at least 1, to ensure sufficient liquidity to meet current liabilities.
  • Return on equity north of 15%, to demonstrate efficiency and profitability.
  • Five-star ratings, our CAPS community's highest rank.

You can review my results in full if you like, but here are some of the highlights:


Market Cap (in billions)

Current Ratio

Return on Equity (TTM)





Accenture (NYSE:ACN)




Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)




PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP)




Transocean (NYSE:RIG)




Data from Motley Fool CAPS.

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Fool contributor Jennifer Schonberger owns shares of Johnson & Johnson, but does not own shares of any of the other companies mentioned in this article. Apple is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation. Accenture and 3M are Motley Fool Inside Value selections. Johnson & Johnson and PepsiCo are Motley Fool Income Investor recommendations. Try any of our Foolish newsletters today free for 30 days. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.