Each business day, TheStreet.com Ratings 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.

McDonald's ( MCD) primarily operates and franchises McDonald's restaurants. In total, the corporation has more than 30,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries. We have rated McDonald's a buy since March 2004, based on strengths such as its expanding profit margins and solid stock performance.

On Jan. 26, the company reported that its fourth-quarter global comparable sales rose 7.2%. Despite this, the company's revenues dropped slightly by 3.3% year over year. EPS also declined 17.9% when compared to the same quarter a year ago. However, we are encouraged by the company's strong gross profit margin of 37.30%. McDonald's net profit margin of 17.7% is also considered a strength for the company, as it compares favorably to the industry average. In addition, McDonald's reported a 16% improvement in full year EPS when compared to fiscal 2007.

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