Each business day, TheStreet.com Ratings compiles a list of the top five stocks in one of five categories -- fast-growth, all-around value, large-cap, mid-cap and small-cap -- based on data from the close of the previous trading session. Today, large-cap stocks are in the spotlight.

These are stocks of companies with market capitalizations of over $10 billion that rank near the top of all stocks rated by our proprietary quantitative model, which looks at more than 62 factors. In addition, the stocks must be followed by at least one financial analyst who posts estimates on the Institutional Brokers' Estimate System. The stocks are ordered by their potential to appreciate.

Note that no provision is made for off-balance-sheet assets such as unrealized appreciation/depreciation of investments, market value of real estate or contingent liabilities that might affect book value. This could be material for some companies with large underfunded pension plans. Anheuser-Busch ( BUD) produces and distributes beer in the U.S. and internationally, brewing the world's largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light. In July 2008, Anheuser-Busch announced that it would combine with InBev, a Belgian company, to create Anheuser-Busch InBev, which will be one of the world's five largest consumer products companies. This pending merger has a takeout price of $70, which is roughly 11% above the current price for Anheuser-Busch stock. We have rated Anheuser-Busch a buy since July 2006 based on a variety of positive investment measures, including the company's solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and growth in EPS, revenue and net income.

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