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A Big Upgrade for Marvel Entertainment

Every day, the sun rises on Wall Street, and a plethora of professional analysts wake to issue new opinions on stocks. Here at the Fool, we examine some of those picks -- and the track record of the companies behind them -- so that individuals can make better investing decisions.

Motley Fool CAPS tracks professional institutions and stock pickers, but anyone can use the service. In fact, more than 100,000 investors have served up their opinions so far, and many of them demonstrate better investing insight than the widely published analysts offer.

Already a crowd favorite, iconic entertainment company Marvel (NYSE: MVL  ) became even more super when investors lifted its CAPS four-star rank to a more hero-worthy five stars, with more than 95% of the 2,180 investors rating the company now bullish on the Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation. There are lots of moving parts at Marvel, and CAPS is a great resource to drill down on the company.  

This weekend's release of Marvel's Iron Man film is fueling optimism, as is next Monday's earnings report, which may prove to be a solid sequel to the company's blockbuster fourth quarter. Many investors expect Marvel's first foray into movie self-production to be stronger than expected. Some think Iron Man could launch the company on a path to monetize many of its of characters in similar fashion, joining the ranks of cinematic success stories such as DreamWorks Animation (NYSE: DWA  ) . 

And the licensing business has been no slouch, either. Deals to put Marvel-branded characters into more children's toys, a new theme park in Dubai, and even a tie-in with Crocs (Nasdaq: CROX  ) shoes will continue to boost high-margin cash flow. Even moderate success at increasing the mindshare of Marvel's superheroes and villains means more sales of videogames and other branded toys at megaretailers such as Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT  ) and Target (NYSE: TGT  ) through Marvel's licensing deal with Hasbro (NYSE: HAS  ) .

More than a few Fools thus see Marvel possessing the potential to be one of the best stocks this year. To see what the very best CAPS analysts are saying now about Marvel Entertainment -- and check out the other winning stocks they're picking -- head on over to CAPS and have a look around. The community research and resources in CAPS are totally free; those analyst opinions, on the other hand, are reserved for paying clients.

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