Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, data-storage specialist EMC (NYSE:EMC) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

EMC facts

Headquarters (founded)

Hopkinton, Mass. (1979)

Market Cap

$49.6 billion


Computer storage and peripherals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$21.7 billion


Chairman/CEO Joseph Tucci

COO/CFO David Goulden

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$6.2 billion / $1.7 billion



Hitachi Data Systems


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

On CAPS, 96% of the 3,837 members who have rated EMC believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A little overĀ a month ago, one of those Fools, NovaTodd, succinctly summed up the EMC bull case for our community:

Since 2007, FCF per share has nearly doubled from $1.24 to $2.46; that's a five year [compound annual growth rate] of 19%. Borrowing Chuck Akre's observation that one's return on an investment should in theory approximate the rate at which it compounds owner earnings, EMC looks like a solid investment selling at an attractive price. Throw in the company's competitive position in cloud computing and big data and you get a solid long term pick.

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