Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, photocopier specialist Xerox (NYSE: XRX ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Xerox's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
||Norwalk, Conn. (1906)
Chairman/CEO Ursula Burns
CFO Luca Maestri
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)
||$1.1 billion / $9.3 billion
Canon (NYSE: CAJ )
Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ )
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 88% of the 544 members who have rated Xerox believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include eksummers620 and Libbyloo00.
Just last week , eksummers620 noted that Xerox "pays a respectable dividend and generates plenty of cash." Our CAPS member concludes: "The company has plenty of naysayers, but that just makes it a classic kind of contrarian investment."
Over the next five years, in fact, Xerox is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 21% annually. That's much faster than industry peers such as Canon (7.6%), HP (8%), and Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PBI ) (8.4%).
CAPS member Libbyloo00 elaborates on the Xerox bull case:
Ever get one of those nasty photo radar tickets? Probably YES, and with even more frequency lately. Talk about a growth industry! XRX acquired a leader in this technology and The Street has yet to give it credit for this and other jazzier aspects of XRX. I like this CEO. And the buzz has yet to get out that XRX is more than just copy machines. The service contracts are a nice, steady, boring cash cow while the CEO spices things up with acquisitions into complementary fields.
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