The Most Profitable Companies in America

Looking for the best buys on the market right now? We may have the investing answer you've been waiting for.

All stock prices are driven by profit projections, and a handful of American companies just posted impressive 2010 profits.

Firms with a clear vision of how to increase value for shareholders could be a terrific buy right now. But companies without a good game plan will likely see their stock prices fall as they fritter away their earnings

The hardest part? Learning to separate the former from the latter. Here's a list of the most profitable companies in America, along with our prediction of which direction the stock is heading.