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 $240.0 billion
Industry Internet software and services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $43.3 billion
Management
 

Co-Founder/CEO Larry Page

CFO Patrick Pichette

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 19.7%
Cash/Debt $41.7 billion / $8.1 billion
Competitors

Apple

Microsoft

Yahoo!

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

On CAPS, 86% of the 17,801 members who have rated Google believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Earlier this summer, one of those bulls, fellow Fool Justin Loiseau (TMFJLo), nicely summed up the investment case for our community:

Yes, it's a goliath. Yes, it's a tech company. But the truth of the matter is, betting on Google is like betting on the idea that communication will continue to be important to the human race. As we've seen with Google Glasses, this company continues to defy what we assume are the norms surrounding how we use information (cough, Apple 5 years ago, cough). With rock solid technical indicators and a business model and general structure that's embedded in hundreds of other products and features of our lives, [Google] is not going away anytime soon. It's had an impressive life on the market, but this company will continue to reap ROI's for years to come.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Google, Apple, and Microsoft. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Google, Apple, and Microsoft. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended creating a bull call spread position in Apple and a synthetic covered call position in Microsoft. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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