Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, telecom service provider Windstream (NYSE:WIN) has earned a respected four-star ranking. While five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

Windstream facts


Little Rock, Ark.

Market Cap

$3.54 Billion


Integrated Telecommunication Services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$3.25 Billion


CEO Jeffery Gardner

CFO Brent Whittington

Return on Capital (Average, Past Two Years)


Dividend Yield




Verizon (NYSE:VZ)

CAPS Members Bullish on WIN Also Bullish on:

Altria Group (NYSE:MO)

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

CAPS Members Bearish on WIN Also Bearish on:

Citigroup (NYSE:C)

JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

Over on CAPS, fully 62 of the 69 All-Star members who have rated Windstream -- some 90% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include ZakDolan and QXZJ, both of whom are ranked in the top 15% of our community.

Three weeks ago, ZakDolan said of Windstream: "will roll out fiber to the home in the midwest and dominate the area market for high speed internet, television, and phone service for their market. I see the green vans everywhere, fiber revolution is coming!"

An earlier pitch from QXZJ early last month shares that sentiment and cites Windstream's yummy dividend yield (which has gotten even tastier since) as the big reason to remain bullish:

Offers a solid 8% dividend in a declining market. Good, safe spot to park cash. Rural telecoms and landline-based telecoms are in an industry that is ripe for consolidation, since margins are competitive and cash flows are stable and solid. Price per share may not go much of anywhere for a while, but you've got 8% dividend checks coming in.

What do you think about Windstream, or any other stock for that matter? Make your voice heard on Motley Fool CAPS today. More than 120,000 investors are waiting to hear what you have to say. CAPS is 100% free, so get started!

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Windstream, Johnson & Johnson, and JPMorgan Chase are Income Investor recommendations. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.