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Analysts sometimes have the inside track when it comes to investments. They spend all day researching markets and companies to get an idea which stock is going to pop next. While analysts rarely label a stock as a sell, they also rarely rate a stock as a strong buy. When they do, the company is definitely worth a second look.

Here are five that have market caps over $2 billion, are priced at less than 15 times forward earnings and carry analyst recommendations of strong buy:

WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE:WCC) is a wholesale industrial equipment company based in the US. It has a market cap of $2.54 billion and a forward P/E ratio of 13.24. The company has returned 10.66% YTD and has a beta of 1.91. Analysts give WCC a recommendation of 1.4 on a scale in which 1.0 means "Strong Buy" and 5.0 means "Sell." WCC recently traded at $57.89 a share. WCC is roughly the same size as Anixter International, Inc. (NYSE:AXE), its nearest competitor with its market cap of $2.20 billion, but has a lower P/B ratio (1.98 vs. AXE's 2.14).

Snap-on, Inc. (NYSE:SNA) is a small tools and accessories company based in the US. It has a market cap of $3.16 billion and a forward P/E ratio of 11.22. The company has returned 7.25% YTD and has a beta of 1.52. The stock also has a 2.5% dividend yield. Analysts give SNA a recommendation of 1.3 on a scale in which 1.0 means "Strong Buy" and 5.0 means "Sell." SNA recently traded at $54.34 a share. SNA is much smaller than competitor Stanley Black & Decker's (NYSE:SWK)'s $12.00 billion market cap, but it is priced better than SWK is, with its forward P/E of 11.97.

Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRO) is a medical appliances and equipment company based in the US. It has a market cap of $2.59 billion and a forward P/E ratio of 13.86. The company has returned 5.40% YTD and has a beta of 1.56. Analysts give SIRO a recommendation of 1.5 on a scale in which 1.0 means "Strong Buy" and 5.0 means "Sell." SIRO recently traded at $46.33 a share. The company is about half the size of its nearest competitor DENTSPLY International, Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY), which has a $5.37 billion market cap, but enjoys higher quarterly revenue growth (19.60% vs. XRAY's 14.40%).

The AES Corp. (NYSE:AES) is an electric utilities company based in the US. It has a market cap of $9.92 billion and a forward P/E ratio of 10.02. The company has returned 9.12% YTD and has a beta of 1.43. Analysts give AES a recommendation of 1.5 on a scale in which 1.0 means "Strong Buy" and 5.0 means "Sell." AES Corp doesn't distribute dividends. AES recently traded at $12.90 a share. It is smaller than rival Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE:DUK)'s $28.27 billion market cap or competitor Edison International (NYSE:EIX)'s $13.09 billion market cap, but it has much higher quarterly revenue growth. AES has 9.80% quarterly revenue growth, compared to DUK's 0.50% and EIX's 5.10%.

Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNPS) is a semiconductor equipment and materials company based in the US. It has a market cap of $4.16 billion and a forward P/E ratio of 13.34. The company has returned 5.96% YTD and has a beta of 0.63. Analysts give SNPS a recommendation of 1.4 on a scale in which 1.0 means "Strong Buy" and 5.0 means "Sell." SNPS recently traded at $29.01 a share. SNPS is larger than its closest rivals - competitor Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDNS) has a market cap of just $2.89 billion while rival Magma Design Automation, Inc. (NASDAQ:LAVA) is even smaller at $491.53 million. It is also priced better. CDNS has a sky high P/E ratio of 113.09 while LAVA has a P/E ratio of 82.53, both quite a bit higher than SNPS's P/E ratio.

Source: 5 Stocks Analysts Rate As Strong Buys