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


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CAPS Rating

% Change

52-Week Range

Discover Financial Svcs.




$20.35 - 29.15

Progressive (NYSE:PGR)




$19.50 - 25.54

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT)




$80.78 - 107.33

Aflac (NYSE:AFL)




$42.50 - 57.44

Global Santa Fe (NYSE:GSF)




$44.26 - 81.19

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

Our top gainer, credit card issuer Discover Financial, rose on news of greater consumer spending over the summer. OK, fine, 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?

Global Santa Fe, an offshore oil and gas driller, could be. The more than 65,000 professional and amateur investors in our Motley Fool CAPS give the stock five out of five stars. Here's some of the reasoning behind the rating.

Investor TrackHouse writes:

Transocean (NYSE:RIG) and [Global Santa Fe] will be merging later this year. ... The combined [entity] will control 25% of the world's deep water drilling. They charge oil companies $500,000 a day to use their oil rigs. The amount of future cash flow is tremendous.

All-Star Somnambulo adds:

I liked the balance sheet so much I stapled it to my chest and wrote "GSF" across my face in permanent black marker.

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Discover is an Inside Value recommendation and Aflac is a Stock Advisor recommendation.

Fool contributor Tim Beyers, who is ranked 9,127 out of more than 65,000 participants in CAPS, owned shares of Interpublic at the time of publication. Find Tim's portfolio here and his latest blog commentary here. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy doesn't need to be large to be in charge, but it is.