BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- The following stocks earn "buy" ratings from TheStreet.com's quantitative model. They're ordered by potential to appreciate, from worst to best.
5. PepsiCo ( PEP) sells soda and snack foods. The numbers: Fourth-quarter profit doubled to $1.4 billion, or 90 cents a share, as revenue grew 4.5% to $13 billion. The operating margin expanded from 14% to 15%. PepsiCo's balance sheet contains $4.1 billion of cash and $7.9 billion of debt. The stock: PepsiCo advanced 26% in the past year, lagging behind major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a price-to-projected-earnings ratio of 14, a 16% discount to the industry average. The shares offer a 2.9% dividend yield and have a low beta of 0.5.