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6 Large-Cap Stocks to Consider

3. Vale is a metals and mining giant that produces iron ore and iron ore pellets.

During the second quarter of 2011, the company reported operating revenue of $15.3 billion, up 55% year over year. Sales to Asia contributed 52.1% toward total second-quarter revenue, up from 49.6% in the first quarter of 2011.

Operating income and net profit surged more than 60% each to $9 billion and $6.4 billion, respectively. The operating margin increased to 51.7% from 47.9% in the previous year's June quarter.

Eight-seven percent of analysts rate the stock a buy. On average, analysts expect the stock to gain 64% over the next year. Vale is trading at a P/E or 4.6 based on estimated 2012 earnings.

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