7 Analyst Endorsed Large-Cap Stocks With EPS Growth Above 25%

by: ZetaKap

When stocks are projected to grow significantly in the next year, investors who prefer more immediate gains may find their interest piqued. Especially when these fast-growing companies are at the large-cap level. Large caps tend to have more investor confidence because of their size and capacity to employ highly experienced and savvy management. These large-cap stocks have been recently reviewed by analysts and have "Buy" ratings. Take a look at these large-cap stocks that are set to grow and are favored by analysts. We think you will like the list we developed.

EPS growth (earnings per share growth) illustrates the growth of earnings per share over time. The 1-Year Expected EPS Growth Rate is an annual growth estimate, where the growth projections are made by analysts, the company or other credible sources.

We first looked for large-cap stocks. We then looked for companies that analysts rate as "Buy" (2 < mean recommendation < 3). We then looked for businesses that have high future earnings per share growth forecasts (1-year projected EPS Growth Rate>25%). We did not screen out any sectors.

Do you think these large-cap stocks deserve to trade higher? Use our list to help with your own analysis.

1) Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE:SWN)

Sector Basic Materials
Industry Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap $11.01B
Beta 0.62

SWN stock chart

Key Metrics

Analysts' Rating 2.30
1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate 25.20%
Short Interest 6.45%

Southwestern Energy Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of natural gas and crude oil in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Exploration and Production, and Midstream Services. The Exploration and Production segment is involved in the development of an unconventional gas reservoir located on the Arkansas side of the Arkoma Basin, as well as exploration and production activities in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma. This segment also conducts conventional drilling programs in the Arkoma Basin; and development drilling and exploration programs in the Oklahoma portion of the Arkoma Basin, as well as in Texas and Pennsylvania. In addition, it operates drilling rigs in the Fayetteville Shale play, as well as in other operating areas; and explores for natural gas and crude oil under 32 licenses in New Brunswick, Canada. The Midstream Services segment engages in gathering, marketing, and transporting natural gas in Arkansas, Texas, and Pennsylvania. As of December 31, 2010, the company's estimated proved natural gas and oil reserves were approximately 4,937 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent. Southwestern Energy Company was founded in 1929 and is based in Houston, Texas.

2) Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK)

Sector Basic Materials
Industry Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap $12.90B
Beta 1.27

CHK stock chart

Key Metrics

Analysts' Rating 2.40
1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate 200.00%
Short Interest 13.30%

Chesapeake Energy Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of natural gas and oil properties in the United States. The company also offers marketing, midstream, drilling, and other oilfield services. It holds interests in various natural gas resources, including the Haynesville and Bossier Shales in northwestern Louisiana, and East Texas; the Marcellus Shale in the northern Appalachian Basin of West Virginia, and Pennsylvania; the Barnett Shale in the Fort Worth Basin of north-central Texas; and the Pearsall Shale in South Texas. The company also holds interests in various liquids-rich resource plays located in Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, West Texas, southern New Mexico, and Wyoming. As of December 31, 2011, it had interests in approximately 45,700 gross productive wells. The company's proved reserves comprise approximately 18.789 trillion cubic feet of natural gas equivalents. Chesapeake Energy Corporation was founded in 1989 and is based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

3) Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE:TXN)

Sector Technology
Industry Semiconductor - Broad Line
Market Cap $33.63B
Beta 1.10

TXN stock chart

Key Metrics

Analysts' Rating 2.40
1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate 27.22%
Short Interest 1.62%

Texas Instruments Incorporated engages in the design and sale of semiconductors to electronics designers and manufacturers worldwide. The company's Analog segment offers high-volume analog and logic products; power management semiconductors and line-powered systems; high performance analog products, such as amplifiers, data converters, and interface semiconductors; and silicon valley analog products in the areas of power management, data converters, interface, and operational amplifiers. Its Embedded Processing segment provides digital signal processors that perform mathematical computations to process and enhance digital data; and microcontrollers, which are designed to control a set of specific tasks for electronic equipment. The company's Wireless segment designs, manufactures, and sells application processors and connectivity products. Its Other segment offers smaller semiconductor products and application-specific integrated circuits. This segment also provides handheld graphing and scientific calculators, as well as licenses technologies to other electronic companies. The company serves the communications, computing, industrial, consumer electronics, automotive, and education sectors. Texas Instruments Incorporated sells its products through a direct sales force, distributors, and third-party sales representatives. The company was founded in 1938 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

4) SanDisk Corp. (SNDK)

Sector Technology
Industry Data Storage Devices
Market Cap $10.40B
Beta 1.79

SNDK stock chart

Key Metrics

Analysts' Rating 2.30
1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate 73.71%
Short Interest 3.97%

Sandisk Corporation designs, develops, and manufactures NAND flash memory storage solutions that are used in various consumer electronics products. The company offers removable cards under the SanDisk Ultra, SanDisk Extreme, and SanDisk Extreme PRO brands; embedded products under the iNAND brand; universal serial bus (UBS) flash drives under the Cruzer brand; digital media players under the Sansa brand; solid state drives under the Lightning brand; and wafers and memory components. The company also provides high-capacity storage solutions, such as solid-state drives that are used in lieu of hard disk drives. It offers its products to the mobile phone, consumer electronics, and computing end markets through original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and retail sales channels in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Japan. The company was formerly known as SunDisk Corporation and changed its name to SanDisk Corporation in August 1995. SanDisk Corporation was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Milpitas, California.

5) BRF - Brasil Foods S.A. (NYSE:BRFS)

Sector Consumer Goods
Industry Meat Products
Market Cap $14.40B
Beta 1.35

BRFS stock chart

Key Metrics

Analysts' Rating 2.50
1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate 52.86%
Short Interest 0.80%

BRF - Brasil Foods S.A., together with its subsidiaries, engages in raising, producing, and slaughtering poultry, pork, and beef in Brazil, and internationally. It is also involved in processing and selling fresh meat, processed products, milk and dairy products, pasta, frozen vegetables, and soybean derivatives. It sells its products under the Batavo, Claybon, Chester, Confiana, Delicata, Doriana, Eleg, Fazenda, Nabrasa, Perdigo, Perdix, Fiesta, Hot Pocket, Miss Daisy, Nuggets, Qualy, Rezende, Sadia, Speciale Sadia, Texas, and Wilson names, as well as licensed brands, such as Turma da Mnica. The company was formerly known as Perdigao S.A. and changed its name to BRF - Brasil Foods S.A. in July 2009. BRF - Brasil Foods S.A. was founded in 1900 and is headquartered in Itajai, Brazil.

6) Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL)

Sector Services
Industry Resorts & Casinos
Market Cap $25.90B
Beta 1.39

CCL stock chart

Key Metrics

Analysts' Rating 2.20
1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate 35.33%
Short Interest 3.90%

Carnival Corporation operates as a cruise and vacation company worldwide. It provides cruises to various vacation destinations with a portfolio of cruise brands comprising Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, and Seabourn in North America; and AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Ibero Cruises, and P&O Cruises in Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company also owns and operates hotels, as well as offers tourism and transportation services. It operates approximately 13 hotels or lodges, 300 motor coaches, and 20 domed rail cars. The company sells its cruises through travel agents, including wholesalers and tour operators. Carnival Corporation was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Miami, Florida.

7) Huaneng Power International Inc. (NYSE:HNP)

Sector Utilities
Industry Electric Utilities
Market Cap $10.06B
Beta 0.61

HNP stock chart

Key Metrics

Analysts' Rating 2.30
1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate 26.35%
Short Interest 0.21%

Huaneng Power International, Inc., an independent power producer, engages in the generation and sale of electric power and heat to the regional or provincial grid companies in the People's Republic of China. It is involved in the development, construction, operation, and management of power plants in the People's Republic of China; and in the generation, wholesale, and retail of power and other relating utilities in the Singapore. The company generates power from coal, wind, gas, and hydel resources. In addition, it provides coastal cargo transportation services; port management services; cargo loading, conveying, and warehousing services; environment engineering services; and consulting services in waste recycling. Further, the company engages in aquaculture and agriculture irrigation activities; development and lease of real estate; production and sale of mineral water; and industrial waste management and recycling activities. As of July 3, 2012, it had a controlled generation capacity of 60,395 megawatts and equity-based generation capacity of 55,370 megawatts. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

Company profiles were sourced from Google Finance and Yahoo Finance. Financial data was sourced from Finviz on 08/27/2012.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

Business relationship disclosure: This article was prepared for ZetaKap Media by one of our full-time analysts. We did not receive compensation for this article (other than from Seeking Alpha), and we have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.