March 04, 2013 at 18:59 PM EST
Inside Big Cap 20: Leaders Roasted Q4 Profit Views
Top-ranking big-cap stocks show that fourth-quarter results were largely better than thought, especially on the bottom line. Among the top 10 stocks in this week's IBD Big Cap 20, every single company exceeded the analysts' consensus estimate calculated by Thomson Reuters. The average positive surprise was 13%. Stocks tend to rise when companies beat profit views. It's one strong indicator that business is humming. Stronger outlooks for earnings
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