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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.

Name 5-Year Total Return % Sales ($bil) Net Income ($mil) Industry
Southwestern Energy (SWN) 68.1 2.2 535 Oil & Gas Operations
Apple (AAPL) 54.6 32.5 4,834 Technology Hardware & Equip
Hub Group (HUBG) 45.7 1.9 63 Transportation
Monsanto (MON) 43.8 11.4 2,024 Chemicals
Cliffs (CLF) 38.5 3.5 556 Materials
Spartan Stores (SPTN) 37.9 2.6 40 Food Markets
Mosaic (MOS) 33.1 12.1 2,962 Chemicals
EOG Resources (EOG) 32.8 6.6 2,337 Oil & Gas Operations
Village Super Market (VLGEA) 31.4 1.2 25 Food Markets
Priceline.com (PCLN) 29.3 1.8 193 Retailing
Hess (HES) 29.2 43.3 2,944 Oil & Gas Operations
Express Scripts (ESRX) 28.8 21.2 708 Health Care Equipment & Svcs
Google (GOOG) 28.5 20.9 5,051 Software & Services
XTO Energy (XTO) 27.6 7.3 2,025 Oil & Gas Operations
Psychiatric Solutions (OTCPK:PSYS) 27.2 1.7 104 Health Care Equipment & Svcs
CME Group (CME) 26.6 2.4 855 Diversified Financials
Occidental Petroleum (OXY) 26.4 26.0 7,866 Oil & Gas Operations
Precision Castparts (PCP) 25.5 7.1 1,071 Aerospace & Defense
McDermott Intl. (MDR) 25.2 6.4 546 Construction
Bucyrus International (BUCY) 25.1 2.3 230 Capital Goods
Peabody Energy (BTU) 25.1 5.9 696 Materials
Gilead Sciences (GILD) 25.0 5.0 1,845 Drugs & Biotechnology
Devon Energy (DVN) 24.8 15.7 5,984 Oil & Gas Operations
FMC (FMC) 24.5 3.1 299 Chemicals
Nucor (NUE) 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 won't be going the full length of all 400 but will consider taking a look after completion of the Forbes Best Small Companies.

Source: 25 Big Companies Worth a Look