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4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Hormel

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, meat and food products producer Hormel Foods (NYSE: HRL  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Hormel's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Hormel facts

Headquarters (Founded) Austin, Minn. (1891)
Market Cap $6.54 billion
Industry Packaged foods and meats
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $6.83 billion

CEO Jeffrey Ettinger (since 2006)

CFO Jody Feragen (since 2007)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years) 14.4%
Cash/Debt $427.1 million / $350 million
Dividend Yield 2.1%

Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN  )

Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD  )

ConAgra Foods (NYSE: CAG  )

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94% of the 250 members who have rated Hormel believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include WPThatcher and All-Star kinosternon, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Just last week, WPThatcher tapped Hormel as a stock that just adds up: "Value + momentum + institutional buying + dividend."

Hormel's shares are up nicely over the past three months, but many Fools believe the fundamentals are still worth paying for. Thanks to a portfolio full of value-priced brands like SPAM and Dinty Moore, Hormel's three-year average return on capital tops that of rivals Tyson (6.2%), Smithfield (1.4%), and ConAgra (8.7%), as well as other food giants like General Mills (NYSE: GIS  ) (11.7%) and Kraft (NYSE: KFT  ) (7.2%).

CAPS All-Star kinosternon elaborates on the meaty opportunity:

Hormel has been around for nearly 120 years and has paid a dividend for 81 of those years with a nice history of dividend growth. ... This is a solid, stalwart of a company that employs folks with a real solid work ethic. I'll keep eating that occasional SPAMburger (slice of SPAM on top of a beef patty, with cheese of course) and if you don't like SPAM, that's OK, chances are you're eating some of the other products in Hormel's pantry (or refrigerator).

What do you think about Hormel, or any other stock for that matter? If you want to retire rich, you need to put together the best portfolio you can. Owning exceptional stocks is a surefire way to secure your financial future, and on Motley Fool CAPS, thousands of investors are working every day to find them. CAPS is 100% free, so get started!

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