Why GlaxoSmithKline Is Poised to Pop

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Glaxo facts

Headquarters (founded)

Brentford, U.K. (1935)

Market Cap

$106.9 billion

Industry

Pharmaceuticals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$42.8 billion

Management

CEO Andrew Witty (since 2008)
CFO Simon Dingemans (since 2011)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

48.9%

Cash / Debt

$5.8 billion / $28.1 billion

Dividend Yield

5.2%

Competitors

Merck
Novartis
Pfizer

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,440 members who have rated Glaxo believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, All-Star PsychoDr, tapped the stock as a rather healthy income opportunity:

Healthcare industry, 5.28% [dividend yield], low dividend payout percent, history of growing dividend, pharmaceutical with a reasonable pipeline. Depressed earnings due to European crisis and a couple drugs coming off patent protection. Prognosticators are expecting flat earnings for the next two years. With a dividend reinvest position, flat earnings are fine by me. Can you say cash cow? Share acquisition time people.

If you want market-thumping returns, you need to put together the best portfolio you can. Of course, despite a strong four-star rating, Glaxo may not be your top choice.

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