4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Walgreen

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, drugstore giant Walgreen (NYSE: WAG  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Walgreen facts

Headquarters (Founded) Deerfield, Ill. (1901)
Market Cap $30.0 billion
Industry Drug retail
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $73.0 billion
Management CEO Gregory Wasson (since 2009)
CFO Wade Miquelon (since 2008)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 16.2%
Cash/Debt $1.09 billion / $2.4 billion
Dividend Yield 2.6%
Competitors Wal-Mart
CVS Caremark
Rite Aid

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 2,169 members who have rated Walgreen believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star bradford86, tapped the stock as a healthy turnaround opportunity:

Walgreen has been beaten down over 25% from [June of last year]. I think Walgreens is bottoming around $32. Target: $36-$40. I've learned from my mother, who is a Pharmacist that presently works at Wal-Mart, that a lot of the bottom line comes from the pharmacy. I'm pointing this out because it appears Walgreens has successfully navigated the loss of a lot of their repeat business as of late due to disputes with Express Scripts.

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  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2012, at 9:52 AM, kariku wrote:

    Oh, good, you're at the 'W' already! You'll finish the list soon, and hopefully put a definitive end to this BS series of articles.

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