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BOSTON (

TheStreet

) -- The following companies have market values of more than $10 billion and receive "buy" ratings from our proprietary 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.

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 33% this year, more than the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

and

S&P 500 Index

. 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.

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 and earnings per share jumped 16% to $1.07. 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 15% this year, beating the Dow, but trailing the S&P 500. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 20, indicating parity with the market, but a premium to household products peers. Shares pay a 2.2% dividend yield.

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 16% this year, more than the Dow, but less than the S&P 500. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 21, a premium to the market and cable and satellite peers. The company doesn't pay dividends.

McDonald's

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sells hamburgers, soft drinks and other food products.

The numbers

: Second-quarter net income fell 8% to $1.1 billion and earnings per share dropped 6% to 98 cents, cushioned by a lower share count. 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 9% this year, trailing major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 15, a discount to the market and restaurant peers. Shares pay a 3.9% dividend yield.

Baxter

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sells health-care equipment.

The numbers

: Second-quarter net income ascended 8% to $587 million and earnings per share climbed 13% to 96 cents, boosted by a lower share count. Revenue declined 2% to $3.1 billion. Its gross margin increased from 56% to 57% and its operating margin rose from 22% to 24%. A quick ratio of 1.2 reflects adequate liquidity. A debt-to-equity ratio of 0.6 demonstrates conservative leverage.

The stock

: Baxter has climbed 7% this year, lagging behind major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 17, a discount to the market and health-care-equipment peers. Shares pay a 1.8% dividend yield.

-- Reported by Jake Lynch in Boston.