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4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Google

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Internet search giant Google (Nasdaq: GOOG  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Google facts

Headquarters (Founded) Mountain View, Calif. (1998)
Market Cap $188.6 billion
Industry Internet services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $40.0 billion
Management Co-founder/CEO Larry Page
CFO Patrick Pichette
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 19.8%
Cash/Debt $47.6 billion / $7.7 billion
Competitors AOL

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

On CAPS, 86% of the 17,684 members who have rated Google believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last month, one of those Fools, CoreAndExplore, touched on the several trends working in the stock's favor:

Google is simply at the forefront of almost every market segment it touches, and it happens to be touching all the ones that will be game-changers over the next decade or so. Mobile software, cloud-computing, smart ads, social networking, the list goes on. At about 11x 2013 earnings [Google] seems like one of Mr. Market's jilted lovers -- don't worry though, he'll be back.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Google and Apple. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Google and Apple and creating a bull call spread position in Apple. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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