Why Ross Stores 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, off-price apparel and home fashion retailer Ross Stores (NASDAQ: ROST  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Ross Stores facts

 

 

Headquarters (founded)

Pleasanton, Calif. (1957)

Market Cap

$12.8 billion

Industry

Apparel retail

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$9.4 billion

Management

CEO Michael Balmuth

COO Michael O'Sullivan

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

46%

Cash/Debt

$625.4 million / $150.0 million

Dividend Yield

1.2%

Competitors

Kohl's (NYSE: KSS  )

TJX Companies (NYSE: TJX  )

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT  )

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

On CAPS, 92% of the 424 members who have rated Ross Stores believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, All-Star 10cent, succinctly summed up the Ross Stores bull case for our community:

I still like off-price brick and mortar retailers. Call it the bored house-wife affect, or rainy-day affect, but people still like to browse and shop for bargains in retail stores (as opposed to Internet shopping). Companies like [Ross Stores] and TJX are still doing well and are poised for growth.

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