Piotroski’s Best and Worst Large Cap Stocks

By Joel Stonington - 2011-12-06T01:37:02Z

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Piotroski's Best: Dover

Business: Manufactures specialized products and manufacturing equipment, such as refuse-truck bodies and sucker rods.

Piotroski Score: 9

One metric that shines: The company has reduced long-term liabilities as a proportion of total assets. While liabilities remain flat year-over-year, Dover's (DOV) total assets rose from $7.8 billion in 2009 to $8.5 billion in 2010.

Outlook for the Company:

Bull Case: Goldman Sachs says that concerns about downturns in solar and slowing growth in energy have been overdone and the company will benefit from structural changes taking place, as well as likely merger and acquisition activity.

Bear Case: Goldman says that the downside risk includes slower-than-expected economic growth.