4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Fred's

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, discount store operator Fred's (Nasdaq: FRED  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Fred's facts

Headquarters (founded) Memphis (1947)
Market Cap $520.5 million
Industry General merchandise stores
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.9 billion
Management CEO Bruce Efird (since 2009)
CFO Jerry Shore (since 2000)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 7.1%
Cash/Debt $7.8 million / $7.2 million
Dividend Yield 1.7%
Competitors Dollar General
Walgreen
Wal-Mart Stores

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

On CAPS, 81% of the 110 members who have rated Fred's believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier today, one of those bulls, JohnStuartMill, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

This is not an ordinary discount dollar store. You can find name brands at discount prices. That's the edge they have over the competition. As with all retailers, give it a facelift, and the customers will keep coming back. And that's what they are doing with some of their stores. A new look helps people's moral up.

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