Why Ulta Is Poised to Keep Popping

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, beauty retailer Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance (NASDAQ: ULTA  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Ulta facts

 

 

Headquarters (founded)

Bollingbrook, Ill. (1990)

Market Cap

$6.7 billion

Industry

Specialty stores

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.3 billion

Management

CEO Mary Dillon (since July 2013)

CFO Scott Settersten (since March 2013)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

24.2%

Cash/Debt

$293.2 million/$0

Competitors

Macy's

Regis 

Sephora

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

On CAPS, 89% of the 378 members who have rated Ulta believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

Just yesterday, one of those bulls, fellow Fool Sara Hov (TMFTycoon), tapped the stock as a particularly radiant opportunity:

Ulta offers a combination of convenience, variety, and customer service in an off-mall format that lets busy customers get in and out quickly. It is only partway through its planned store buildout and its online sales are growing, which means gains ahead.

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

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