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The following large-cap companies have market values of more than $10 billion and receive "buy" ratings from our proprietary quantitative model, which considers more than 60 factors. The stocks are ordered by their potential to appreciate.

McDonald's ( MCD) franchises and operates restaurants worldwide, offering food, soft drinks, coffee and other beverages.

The numbers: First-quarter revenue declined 10% to $5.1 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 $2 billion is a weakness. But a quick ratio of 1.3 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.8 indicate a conservative financial position.

The stock: McDonald's has declined 7% in 2009, underperforming the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 15 and offers an attractive dividend yield of 3.4%.

Oracle ( ORCL) develops and sells database, middleware and application software worldwide.

The numbers: Fiscal fourth-quarter revenue declined 5% to $6.9 billion as net income fell 7% to $1.9 billion. But earnings per share decreased just 3%, helped by a lower share count. The operating margin improved to 43% as the net margin dropped to 28%. The company holds $13 billion of cash reserves, amounting to a quick ratio of 1.9. And its debt-to-equity ratio is conservative at 0.4.

The stock: Oracle has increased 21% in 2009, in line with the Nasdaq. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 19 and doesn't consistently pay dividends.

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