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) -- These companies have market caps larger than $10 billion and "buy" ratings from our quantitative model, which considers more than 60 factors. They're ordered by their potential to appreciate, starting with the company with the best growth prospects.

DirecTV

(DTV)

provides digital entertainment through its satellite system.

The numbers

: Second-quarter net income fell 11% to $407 million, but earnings per share remained flat at 40 cents, helped by a lower share count. Revenue grew 9% to $5.2 billion. Its gross margin decreased from 52% to 51% and its operating margin fell from 17% to 13%. A quick ratio of 1 indicates adequate liquidity. A debt-to-equity ratio of 1.3 demonstrates higher-than-ideal leverage.

The stock

: DirecTV has ascended 19% this year, more than the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

, but less than the

S&P 500 Index

. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 22, a premium to the market and cable and satellite peers. The company doesn't pay dividends.

Colgate-Palmolive

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sells personal products, such as toothpaste and soap.

The numbers

: Second-quarter net income rose 14% to $562 million, or $1.07 a share. Revenue fell 6% to $3.7 billion. Its gross margin rose from 59% to 61%, and its operating margin increased from 21% to 24%. A quick ratio of 0.8 indicates less-than-ideal liquidity. A debt-to-equity ratio of 1.5 reflects higher-than-ideal leverage.

The stock

: Colgate-Palmolive has advanced 17% this year, beating the Dow, but trailing the S&P 500. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 21, on par with the market, but a premium to household product makers. The shares pay a 2.2% dividend yield.

Medco Health Solutions

(MHS)

is one of the largest pharmacy benefit managers in the U.S.

The numbers

: Second-quarter net income rose 19% to $312 million and earnings per share jumped 26% to 64 cents, boosted by a lower share count. Revenue increased 17% to $15 billion. Its gross margin was unchanged at 7% and its operating margin remained steady at 4%. Medco has less-than-ideal liquidity, reflected in its quick ratio of 0.9. A debt-to-equity ratio of 0.8 indicates reasonable leverage.

The stock

: Medco has advanced 37% this year, more than the Dow and S&P 500. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 24, a premium to the market and health care peers. The company doesn't pay dividends.

McDonald's

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sells hamburgers, soft drinks and French fries at its franchises.

The numbers

: Second-quarter net income fell 8% to $1.1 billion, or 98 cents a share. Revenue declined 7% to $5.6 billion. Its gross margin climbed from 42% to 44%, and its operating margin rose from 27% to 29%. A quick ratio of 1.1 reflects adequate liquidity. A debt-to-equity ratio of 0.8 demonstrates reasonable leverage.

The stock

: McDonald's is down 5% this year, trailing major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 16, a discount to the market and restaurant peers. The shares pay a 3.7% dividend yield.

Nike

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sells footwear and fitness apparel.

The numbers

: Fiscal first-quarter profit increased marginally to $513 million, or $1.04 a share, as revenue declined 12% to $4.8 billion. Its gross margin decreased from 49% to 48%, but its operating margin rose from 13% to 14%. The company has an admirable financial position, with $3.6 billion of cash and $545 million of debt.

The stock

: Nike has climbed 28% this year, more than the Dow and S&P 500. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 21, on par with the market, but a discount to footwear peers. Shares pay a 1.5% dividend yield.

-- Reported by Jake Lynch in Boston.