BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- Blue chips led the rally last fall. And large-cap companies may keep climbing through the first quarter as the global economy rebounds. Here are five stocks to consider.

5. Medco Health Solutions ( MHS) is a pharmacy-benefit manager.

The numbers: Third-quarter net income increased 13% to $336 million, and earnings per share climbed 19% to 69 cents. Revenue grew 18% to $15 billion. Medco's operating margin was unchanged at 4%. A quick ratio of 1 reflects adequate liquidity. A debt-to-equity ratio of 0.7 indicates reasonable leverage.

The stock: Medco advanced 54% over the past year, outpacing major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 27, a premium to health-care-service peers. Medco doesn't pay dividends.

4. DirecTV ( DTV) provides satellite television.

The numbers: Third-quarter net income increased marginally to $366 million, and earnings per share climbed 12% to 37 cents. Revenue grew 10% to $5.5 billion. DirecTV's operating margin remained steady at 13%. A quick ratio of 1.1 demonstrates adequate liquidity. A debt-to-equity ratio of 1.7 reflects excessive leverage.

The stock: DirecTV returned 46% over the past year, beating major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 26, a premium to media peers. DirecTV doesn't pay dividends.

3. McDonald's ( MCD) sells hamburgers, soft drinks and other food products at its restaurant franchises.

The numbers: Third-quarter net income increased 6% to $1.3 billion, and earnings per share climbed 10% to $1.15. Revenue declined 4% to $6 billion. The company's operating margin increased from 28% to 31%. A quick ratio of 0.9 reflects less-than-ideal liquidity. A debt-to-equity ratio of 0.8 indicates reasonable leverage.

The stock: McDonald's declined 2% over the past year, lagging behind major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 16, a discount to restaurant peers. Shares offer a 3.5% dividend yield.

2. Colgate-Palmolive ( CL) sells personal products, including toothpaste and soap.

The numbers: Third-quarter net income rose 18% to $591 million, and earnings per share climbed 19% to $1.12. Revenue remained flat at $4 billion. Colgate-Palmolive's operating margin stretched from 21% to 24%. A quick ratio of 0.7 indicates less-than-ideal liquidity. A debt-to-equity ratio of 1.1 reflects higher-than-ideal leverage.

The stock: Colgate-Palmolive increased 21% over the past year, more than the Dow Jones Industrial Average, but less than the S&P 500 Index. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 20, a premium to household-products peers. Shares offer a 2.1% dividend yield.

1. General Mills ( GIS) sells cereal and other food products.

The numbers: Fiscal second-quarter profit increased 50% to $566 million, or $1.66 a share. Revenue inched up 2% to $4.1 billion. The company's operating margin widened from 12% to 22%. A quick ratio of 0.6 reflects poor liquidity. A 1.1 debt-to-equity ratio indicates sizable leverage.

The stock: General Mills climbed 16% over the past year, underperforming major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of 15, a discount to food-products peers. Shares offer a 2.7% dividend yield.

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