Every day, TheStreet.com Ratings compiles a list of the top 10 stocks in five categories -- fast-growth, all-around value, large-cap, mid-cap and small-cap -- and publishes these lists on the Ratings section of our Web site.The rankings are based on our ratings, which assess risk-adjusted returns, as well as other criteria specific to the type of stock.
Insurance and financial services company MetLife (MET - Get Report) has merited a buy rating since December 2004. With a strong market position and growing international operations, the company is poised for strong financial performance. MetLife has bolstered its market position in the core insurance and annuity business with its acquisition of TIC. It now has one of the broadest distribution networks in the sector. Growth is expected through ongoing consolidation within the industry. The risks to the buy rating include the negative impact of any changes in interest rates, equity prices and any slowdown of the economy.
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ - Get Report) has been rated a buy since November 2004. This computer manufacturer's positives include robust top-line growth due to strong demand for its products, focused cost-cutting initiatives and improving profitability. Its strategy of acquiring businesses that complement its core operations is also commendable. However, the optimism is tempered by the intense competition in the desktop, laptop and printer markets from Dell (DELL) and Lexmark (LXK). This pressures H-P to cut costs.