When large caps make a run for it, Fools should pay attention.

Think of Motley Fool Inside Value pick Microsoft. After years of poor performance, Mr. Softy and his $300-billion-plus market cap finally got moving last month, enriching investors who bought and stayed in.

Hence this column. As lucrative as fast-movers like Blue Nile (NASDAQ:NILE) and TurboChef Technologies (NASDAQ:OVEN) can be, the turtle often beats the hare. Here's a look at Wednesday's finest terrapins, courtesy of The Wall Street Journal:


Closing Price

CAPS Rating (out of 5)

% Change

52-Week Range

Liberty Media Holding (NASDAQ:LCAPA)




$86.53 - $129.72

Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR)




$41.26 - $55.78

Kellogg (NYSE:K)




$48.68 - $56.89

Harrah's Entertainment (NYSE:HET)




$74.24 - $88.75

Archer-Daniels Midland (NYSE:ADM)




$30.20 - $39.65

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

Shares of our top gainer, Liberty Media Holding, benefited from a strong quarterly report from soon-to-be subsidiary DirecTV. 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?

Most of them, yes -- if you believe the 73,000-plus professional and amateur stock pickers in our Motley Fool CAPS community. Their only concern seems to be casino operator Harrah's, which is stuck in the middle with a three-star rating.

Of the 210 CAPS investors who've evaluated Harrah's, 187 would go long, while 23 others -- including nine All-Stars -- would sell short. I wouldn't be bold enough to follow suit. By selling short, I'd be betting against a long-promised $90-per-share buyout, a strategy that seems less than Foolish to me.

Then again, with only 4% in gains left on the table -- if a buyout goes through, that is -- I can think of plenty of better places for my money. Here, for example.

What would you do? Let us know by signing up for CAPS today. It's 100% free to participate.

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Fool contributor Tim Beyers, ranked 11,342 out of more than 73,000 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. Microsoft is an Inside Value pick. Blue Nile is a Rule Breakers recommendation. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy doesn't need to be large in order to be in charge, but it is.