Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, data-storage specialist EMC (NYSE: EMC ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at EMC's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
||Hopkinton, Mass. (1979)
||Computer storage and peripherals
||Chairman/CEO Joseph Tucci
CFO David Goulden
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)
||$6.3 billion / $1.7 billion
Hitachi Data Systems
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 97% of the 3,772 members who have rated EMC believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
A couple of months ago, one of those bulls, jazuli14, listed a few of EMC's positives:
1. Record-breaking earnings and continued growth for several (I think 9?) quarters. That's a proven track record.
2. [80% ownership stake] in VMware. People forget this, but they own a majority stake in [VMware].
3. The future of IT is all about Cloud and Big Data -- and EMC is right there. Great growth potential.
4. [They] are smart at acquisitions of disruptive technologies -- [VMware], Data Domain and Greenplum in the recent past all come to mind.
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