TheStreet.com Ratings provides exclusive stock, ETF and mutual fund recommendations using proprietary tools. Our "safety first" approach aims to reduce risk while achieving total return performance.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. The stocks are ordered by their potential to appreciate. Oracle ( ORCL) develops and sells database, so-called 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 25% in 2009, slightly outperforming the Nasdaq. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 20 and doesn't consistently pay dividends. Colgate-Palmolive ( CL) sells consumer products worldwide. The numbers: First-quarter revenue decreased 6% to $3.5 billion, but net income climbed 9% to $508 million and earnings per share jumped 13% to 97 cents. The company has established a five-quarter streak of earnings growth despite the recession. The gross margin increased during the quarter to 60%. Net operating cash flow ascended 21% and the cash balance improved 9% to $702 million. The stock: Colgate-Palmolive has climbed 10% in 2009, outperforming the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500. The stock trades at an expensive price-to-earnings ratio of 20 and offers a 2.4% dividend yield. Colgate-Palmolive announces second-quarter results tomorrow.
General Mills ( GIS) sells branded and packaged foods worldwide. The numbers: Fiscal fourth-quarter revenue increased 5% to $3.6 billion as earnings doubled to $359 million, or $1.07 per share. The operating margin climbed from 9% to 20% and the net margin doubled to 10%. General Mills has a weak liquidity position, as reflected by a quick ratio of 0.5, but has added $99 million to the cash balance since the year-earlier quarter. A debt-to-equity ratio of 1.4 indicates high leverage. The stock: General Mills has dropped 3% in 2009, underperforming the Dow and S&P 500. The stock trades at a fair price-to-earnings ratio of 15 and offers a 3.2% dividend yield. Coca-Cola ( KO) distributes beverage concentrates and syrups in the U.S. and internationally. The numbers: Second-quarter revenue decreased 9% to $8.3 billion, but net income surged 43% to $2 billion and earnings per share climbed 44% to 88 cents. The operating margin remained strong at 30% and the net margin stretched from 16% to 25%. A quick ratio of 0.9 indicates a less-than-ideal liquidity position, but the company has boosted its cash balance by 16% to $7.9 billion from a year earlier. A debt-to-equity ratio of 0.5 indicates restrained leverage. The stock: Coke is up 9% in 2009, beating the Dow and S&P 500. The stock trades at an expensive price-to-earnings ratio of 18, but offers a 3.3% dividend yield. Kellogg ( K) sells ready-to-eat cereals and convenience foods. The numbers: First-quarter revenue fell 2% to $3.2 billion as net income improved 2% to $321 million and earnings per share climbed 4% to 84 cents. The operating margin remained at 17% and the net margin inched past 10%. Kellogg has a weak cash position, with just $304 million of reserves, amounting to a quick ratio of 0.4. And a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.4 reflects excessive leverage. But the company's revenue stability compensates for a risky balance sheet. Its line-up of essential packaged food items has helped Kellogg retain sales and margins during the recession. The stock: Kellogg is up 9% in 2009, outperforming the Dow and S&P 500. The stock trades at a fair price-to-earnings ratio of 16 and offers a 2.9% dividend yield. Kellogg releases second-quarter results tomorrow before the market opens. -- Reported by Jake Lynch in Boston. Feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.