Recently, many investors have been increasing their stakes in all three, helping to fuel the rise in the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) which has rallied 10% since the start of September. Investors have been enthusiastic thanks, in no small part, to strong third-quarter earnings from some of its biggest names. McDonald's, Caterpillar and Verizon all easily beat Wall Street's profit estimates last week, putting their shares oh-so-close to their respective 52-week highs.
McDonald's benefited from strong sales of specialty drinks and overseas growth, but currency headwinds and going up against its own tough comparisons could impede further share-price gains.
Verizon sports a steady 6% yield on its dividend, but payments to a partner could divert some of the gusher of cash coming out of its wireless business.
In the short video above, Dan Burrows and Nikhil Hutheesing face-off on the bull and bear cases of these three iconic companies.