Best Big Companies List of 2008


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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.

Name5-Year Total Return %Sales ($bil)Net Income ($mil)Industry
Southwestern Energy68.12.2535Oil & Gas Operations
Apple54.632.54,834Technology Hardware & Equip
Hub Group45.71.963Transportation
Monsanto43.811.42,024Chemicals
Cliffs38.53.5556Materials
Spartan Stores37.92.640Food Markets
Mosaic33.112.12,962Chemicals
EOG Resources32.86.62,337Oil & Gas Operations
Village Super Market31.41.225Food Markets
Priceline.com29.31.8193Retailing
Hess29.243.32,944Oil & Gas Operations
Express Scripts28.821.2708Health Care Equipment & Svcs
Google28.520.95,051Software & Services
XTO Energy27.67.32,025Oil & Gas Operations
Psychiatric Solutions27.21.7104Health Care Equipment & Svcs
CME Group26.62.4855Diversified Financials
Occidental Petroleum26.426.07,866Oil & Gas Operations
Precision Castparts25.57.11,071Aerospace & Defense
McDermott Intl25.26.4546Construction
Bucyrus International25.12.3230Capital Goods
Peabody Energy25.15.9696Materials
Gilead Sciences25.05.01,845Drugs & Biotechnology
Devon Energy24.815.75,984Oil & Gas Operations
FMC24.53.1299Chemicals
Nucor24.323.92,090Materials

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.

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