The market has had a torrid run since its March 9 low, ascending a whopping 67%. While rising prices wiped out some of the most appealing valuations seen in decades, this surge doesn't mean you've missed the boat. And it shouldn't deter you from making a wish list of stocks you'd like to snag for your portfolio.

If this truly is the beginning of a new bull market, then there's still room to run from here. And if a pullback is looming, prices will correct, creating more attractive entry points for investors. Either way, if you research and build a list of stocks you want to own, all you’ll need to do is wait until each stock reaches your preferred price to pounce. The volatility in this environment should provide you opportunities to do exactly that.

To start assembling my very own stock wish list, I used the Fool's CAPS screener to find premium companies such as ExxonMobil, which has outperformed the S&P 500 by 11.5% per year on average for the past 10 years.

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

  • Market cap 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.
  • A five-star rating, our 145,000-plus-member CAPS community's highest rank.

Here are some of the companies I pulled from the results of my scan:


Market Cap (in billions)

Return on Equity (TTM)

Current Ratio

Exelon (NYSE:EXC)




GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK)




Infosys Technologies (NASDAQ:INFY)




Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)




PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP)




Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB)




Data from Motley Fool CAPS as of Dec. 28. TTM = trailing 12 months.

While the CAPS screener can suggest all kinds of promising companies, running a screen should be only the first step in your stock research. Come join our CAPS online investing community (it's totally free) to delve further into these companies, and see whether they're right for your portfolio.

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