Best Big Companies List of 2008


Since I’ve been going through through the Forbes Best Small Companies, a brief look at the Best Big Companies is deserved. The list is comprised of 400 companies and Forbes sorts the list according to a 5 year total return.

Given that there are still misprices with large caps, these candidates could be worthwhile long term buy and hold additions.


Since I’ve been going through through the Forbes Best Small Companies, a brief look at the Best Big Companies is deserved. The list is comprised of 400 companies and Forbes sorts the list according to a 5 year total return.

Given that many large caps are still mispriced, but not all cheap, these candidates could be worthwhile long term buy and hold additions on declines.

Name 5-Year Total Return % Sales ($bil) Net Income ($mil) Industry
Southwestern Energy 68.1 2.2 535 Oil & Gas Operations
Apple 54.6 32.5 4,834 Technology Hardware & Equip
Hub Group 45.7 1.9 63 Transportation
Monsanto 43.8 11.4 2,024 Chemicals
Cliffs 38.5 3.5 556 Materials
Spartan Stores 37.9 2.6 40 Food Markets
Mosaic 33.1 12.1 2,962 Chemicals
EOG Resources 32.8 6.6 2,337 Oil & Gas Operations
Village Super Market 31.4 1.2 25 Food Markets
Priceline.com 29.3 1.8 193 Retailing
Hess 29.2 43.3 2,944 Oil & Gas Operations
Express Scripts 28.8 21.2 708 Health Care Equipment & Svcs
Google 28.5 20.9 5,051 Software & Services
XTO Energy 27.6 7.3 2,025 Oil & Gas Operations
Psychiatric Solutions 27.2 1.7 104 Health Care Equipment & Svcs
CME Group 26.6 2.4 855 Diversified Financials
Occidental Petroleum 26.4 26.0 7,866 Oil & Gas Operations
Precision Castparts 25.5 7.1 1,071 Aerospace & Defense
McDermott Intl 25.2 6.4 546 Construction
Bucyrus International 25.1 2.3 230 Capital Goods
Peabody Energy 25.1 5.9 696 Materials
Gilead Sciences 25.0 5.0 1,845 Drugs & Biotechnology
Devon Energy 24.8 15.7 5,984 Oil & Gas Operations
FMC 24.5 3.1 299 Chemicals
Nucor 24.3 23.9 2,090 Materials

There are some well known names as well as some that I have never heard of before. I wont be going the full length of all 400 but will consider taking a look after completion of the Forbes Best Small Companies.

[tags]forbes, best large caps[/tags]

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