4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Giant Interactive

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Chinese online gaming company Giant Interactive (NYSE: GA  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Giant Interactive facts

Headquarters (founded)

Shanghai, China (2004)

Market Cap

$1.2 billion

Industry

Home entertainment software

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$316.4 million

Management

Chairman/CEO Yu-Zhu Shi
CFO Jazy Zhang

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

17.5%

Cash/Debt

$317.8 million / $0

Competitors

Changyou.com (Nasdaq: CYOU  )
Perfect World (Nasdaq: PWRD  )
Shanda Games (Nasdaq: GAME  )

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 577 members who have rated Giant Interactive believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star Staka, weighed Giant Interactive's pros and cons for our community:

Positive:
-Cheap valuation relative to growth
-No debt, lots of cash used to buy back shares
-They are paying real hard cash dividends (which is rather unusual for pure Chinese frauds -> they are for real)

Negative:
-China business with all the usual (sometimes smaller) fraud risks especially because insiders don't own much of the company and are involved with many other companies at the same time which in China is often used as a construction to drain cash from a successful company.

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  • Report this Comment On October 18, 2012, at 7:38 PM, watersports2001 wrote:

    I take it on thought that MF has a good rating is a start for this stock but scottrade doesn't share the thought as there is no star rating for it. Kind of conflicts with my thoughts for the moment.

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