4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Yum! Brands

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, fast-food giant Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Yum! facts

Headquarters (founded) Louisville, Ky. (1997)
Market Cap $32.6 billion
Industry Restaurants
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $12.6 billion
Management Chairman/CEO David Novak
CFO Richard Carucci
Return on Capital (average, past 3 years) 24.4%
Cash/Debt $1.2 billion / $3.3 billion
Dividend Yield 1.6%
Competitors Chick-fil-A
Chipotle
McDonald's

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 3,192 members who have rated Yum! believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last month, one of those Fools, hend6, succinctly summed up the bull case for community:

Already well-established in North America, Yum! Brands has continued expanding overseas and it shows in their revenues. While their P/E is getting a bit high, I think that the increased profits from their expansion should keep this balanced over time. Of course, it helps that I'm a big fan of their franchises and don't see them going anywhere soon.

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