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5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: VimpelCom

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 110,000 investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Vimpel-Communications (NYSE: VIP  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

VimpelCom facts

Headquarters (Founded) Moscow, Russian Federation (1992)

Market Cap

$26.71 billion


Wireless Communications

TTM Annual Revenue

$7.79 billion


Alexander Izosimov (since 2003)
Elena Shmatova (since 2003)

Return on Equity (avg. last three years)


CAPS players bullish on VIP also bullish on

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL  )
Potash Corp. (NYSE: POT  )
China Mobile (NYSE: CHL  )

CAPS players bearish on VIP also bearish on

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ  )
Nokia (NYSE: NOK  )
Capital One Financial (NYSE: COF  )

Sources: Capital IQ,, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 499 of the 509 All-Star players who have rated VimpelCom -- 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include SorrySam and floridabuilder, both of whom are ranked in the top 5% of our community.

In 2006, SorrySam dubbed VimpelCom a "leading wireless company in Russia with expanding markets and increasing profitability."

A more recent pitch from floridabuilder in April of this year offered some details on that bullish thinking:

VIP has gross margins of 81.7%.... that is unheard of in almost any industry...

Subscriber market share has increased in 4 of the markets (countries) in which it sells its services.

In the year ending 2006 and 2007 it delivered 5 billion in operating cashflow off of 12 billion in revenues..... the balance sheet is also very strong

I also believe that with this type of cash flow, VIP will be able to take advantage of other opportunities around the globe from an acquisition standpoint if it chose to.... Finally, I'm sure VIP hasn't even reached its potential of screwing over subscribers with a never ending parade of features that are as addictive as listening to a classic rock album on your turn table backwards.... while drunk

What do you think about VimpelCom, or any other stock for that matter? Make your voice heard on Motley Fool CAPS today. More than 110,000 investors are waiting to hear what you have to say. CAPS is 100% free, so simply click here to get started.

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Foolish contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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