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.
|Headquarters (founded)||Mountain View, Calif. (1998)|
|Market Cap||$240.0 billion|
|Industry||Internet software and services|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$43.3 billion|
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||19.7%|
|Cash/Debt||$41.7 billion / $8.1 billion|
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.
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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