BOSTON (

TheStreet

) -- Blue-chip stocks led the rally this fall as investors looked for safety in large-cap names. Here are five stocks likely to benefit if the trend continues.

5. Medco Health Solutions

(MHS)

is a pharmacy benefit manager.

The numbers

: Third-quarter net income increased 13% to $336 million and earnings per share climbed 19% to 69 cents, boosted by a lower share count. Revenue grew 18% to $15 billion. Medco's gross and operating margins were unchanged at 7% and 4%, respectively. A quick ratio of 1 reflects adequate liquidity. A debt-to-equity ratio of 0.7 indicates reasonable leverage.

The stock

: Medco has advanced 54% this year, outpacing major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 26, a premium to health care services peers. Medco doesn't pay dividends.

4. DirecTV

(DTV)

provides satellite television.

The numbers

: Third-quarter net income increased marginally to $366 million and earnings per share climbed 12% to 37 cents, boosted by a lower share count. Revenue grew 10% to $5.5 billion. DirecTV's gross margin narrowed from 50% to 49%, but its operating margin remained steady at 13%. A quick ratio of 1.1 demonstrates adequate liquidity. A debt-to-equity ratio of 1.7 reflects excessive leverage.

The stock

: DirecTV has rallied 48% this year, outpacing major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 27, a premium to media peers. DirecTV doesn't pay dividends.

3. Colgate-Palmolive

(CL) - Get Report

sells personal products, including toothpaste and soap.

The numbers

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: Third-quarter net income rose 18% to $591 million, or $1.12 a share. Revenue was flat at $4 billion. Colgate-Palmolive's gross margin expanded from 59% to 61%, and its operating margin increased from 21% to 24%. A quick ratio of 0.7 indicates less-than-ideal liquidity. A debt-to-equity ratio of 1.1 reflects higher-than-ideal leverage.

The stock

: Colgate-Palmolive has returned 21% this year, beating the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

, but trailing the

S&P 500 Index

. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 20, a premium to household products peers. The shares have a 2.1% dividend yield.

2. McDonald's

(MCD) - Get Report

sells hamburgers, soft drinks and other fast-food products through franchises.

The numbers

: Third-quarter net income increased 6% to $1.3 billion, or $1.15 a share. Revenue declined 4% to $6 billion. The company's gross margin expanded from 43% to 45%, and its operating margin increased from 28% to 31%. A quick ratio of 0.9 reflects less-than-ideal liquidity. A debt-to-equity ratio of 0.8 indicates reasonable leverage.

The stock

: McDonald's has gained 2% this year, lagging behind major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 16, a discount to restaurant peers. The shares have a 3.5% dividend yield.

1. General Mills

(GIS) - Get Report

sells cereal and other food products.

The numbers

: Fiscal second-quarter profit increased 50% to $566 million, or $1.66 a share. Revenue inched up 2% to $4.1 billion. The company's gross margin expanded from 33% to 46%, and its operating margin widened from 12% to 22%. A quick ratio of 0.6 reflects poor liquidity. A 1.1 debt-to-equity ratio indicates sizable leverage.

The stock

: General Mills has advanced 18% this year, less than major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 15, a discount to food products peers. The shares have a 2.7% dividend yield.

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