1. Starbucks ( SBUX) is the leading coffee shop chain with operations in more than 50 countries. The company sells roasted whole bean coffees along with beverages and fresh food items through company-operated retail stores. As of October, the company had 17,000 retail stores. For fiscal year 2011, Starbucks reported revenue of $11.7 billion, up 9% over fiscal year 2010. The global comparable stores sales increased 8%. In its first year of launch, Starbucks Mobile transactions exceeded 26 million. Earnings per share for the year surged 31% to $1.62 as compared to the previous fiscal year. The company paid cash dividend of 17 cents per share, an increase of 31% from the previous payout. In November, the company acquired Evolution Fresh. Earlier this month, the company entered five new Chinese cities: Langfang, Zhengzhou, Harbin, Xiangtan and Zhoushan. Starbucks plans to open over 1,500 stores in mainland China by 2015. For fiscal 2012, Starbucks plans to open 800 net new stores globally. Meanwhile, it targets a 10% revenue growth led by mid-single-digit comparable store sales growth. Earnings per share are seen in the range of $1.75 to $1.82, indicating a 15% to 20% growth over the fiscal year 2011. In the past 52 weeks, the stock traded between a low of $30.75 and a high of $45. Currently it is at 43.61. Of the 29 analysts covering the stock, 17 recommend a buy. >>To see these stocks in action, visit the 5 Large-Caps Flirting With 52-Week Highs portfolio on Stockpickr.