TSC Ratings provides exclusive stock, ETF and mutual fund recommendations using proprietary tools. Our "safety-first" approach aims to reduce risk while achieving performance on a total return basis.The following large-cap companies have market values of more than $10 billion and receive "buy" recommendations from TheStreet.com Ratings' proprietary quantitative model, which considers more than 60 factors. The stocks are ordered by their potential to appreciate. McDonald's ( MCD), of course, franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants worldwide, offering hamburgers, coffee and other beverages. The numbers: First-quarter revenue declined 10% to $5.07 billion but net income increased marginally to $980 million and earnings per share jumped 7% to 87 cents as the net margin remained strong at 20%. A 32% decline in the cash balance to $1.98 billion is a weakness. But a quick ratio of 1.3 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82 indicate a conservative financial position. The stock: McDonald's has declined 8% in 2009, underperforming the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index. But over a one-year period, McDonald's is flat while the Dow has dropped 27% and the S&P 500 has fallen 29%. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 15 and offers a dividend yield of 3.5%. Oracle ( ORCL) develops and sells database, or so-called middleware and application software worldwide. The numbers: Fiscal fourth-quarter revenue declined 5.2% to $6.9 billion as net income fell 7.2% to $1.9 billion. But earnings per share decreased just 2.5% on a lower share count. The operating margin improved 63 basis points to 43% as the net margin shed 57 basis points to 28%. The company holds nearly $13 billion of cash reserves, amounting to a quick ratio of 1.9. And its debt-to-equity ratio is conservative at 0.41. The stock: Oracle has increased 14% in 2009, outperforming all major U.S. indexes. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 18 and doesn't consistently pay dividends.
Colgate-Palmolive ( CL) makes and markets consumer products worldwide. The numbers: First-quarter revenue decreased 6% to $3.5 billion but net income climbed 9% to $508 million as earnings per share jumped 13% to 97 cents. The company has established a five-quarter streak of EPS growth despite the recession. Gross margin increased during the quarter and is high at 59.8%. Net operating cash flow rose 21% as the cash balance improved 9% to $702 million. The stock: Colgate-Palmolive has climbed 7% in 2009, outperforming the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 20 and offers a 2.4% dividend yield. Medco Health Solutions ( MHS) is one of the nation's largest pharmacy-benefit managers, providing sophisticated traditional and specialty benefit programs. The numbers: First-quarter revenue ascended 14% to $14.8 billion, which beat the industry average growth rate of 1.1%. Net income increased 8% to $291 million and earnings per share improved 16% to 58 cents. Net operating cash flow increased 607%. The company has added $1.25 billion to the cash balance since the prior year's first quarter. The stock: Medco has gained 12% in 2009, outperforming the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500. The stock is trading at a price-to-earnings ratio of about 21 and doesn't pay dividends.
Public Storage ( PSA) operates as a real estate investment trust that acquires and operates self-storage facilities in the U.S. and Europe. The numbers: First-quarter revenue fell 7% to $428 million as net income plummeted 58% to $217 million and earnings per share fell 64% to 95 cents. Yet the operating margin improved 1,072 basis points to 44% and the net margin remained impressive at 51%. The company has a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.06 and $493 million of cash reserves. The stock: Public Storage is down 20% in 2009, underperforming the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 26 and offers a dividend yield of 3.4%. TSC Ratings was recently given an award for "Best Stock Selection" amongst independent research providers by BNY ConvergEx Group. To see how your portfolio can utilize our research, click here. A rating can be viewed for any stock through our screener stock rating screener. Each rating is derived from a variety of fundamental and pricing figures and represents our opinion of risk-adjusted performance relative to a 5,000+ stock coverage universe. However, the rating does not incorporate all factors that can alter a stock's performance, such as corporate or industry events, technology innovations and shifts in competitive dynamics.