Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, health insurer WellPoint (NYSE: WLP ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at WellPoint's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Indianapolis (1944)|
|Market Cap||$22.9 billion|
|Industry||Managed health care|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$61.2 billion|
|Management||CEO Angela Braly (since 2007)
CFO Wayne DeVeydt (since 2007)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||14.9%|
|Cash/Debt||$19.7 billion / $10.2 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 94% of the 979 members who have rated WellPoint believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Shareholder value over the past 10 years has increased at a rate that justifies a price of [$70 per share] or below at a 15 percent discount rate. I don't see the profitability changing, particularly as the health care reform increases the volume of incoming premiums -- and if health care reform goes away, the current price is still fair. In other words, there's a lot of upside with little risk.
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