Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, telecom giant Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Verizon facts

Headquarters (founded)

New York, N.Y. (1983)

Market Cap

$90.1 billion


Integrated telecommunication services

TTM Revenue

$97.35 billion


CEO Ivan Seidenberg (since 2002)
COO Dennis Strigl (since 2007)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



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

Over on CAPS, 2,922 of the 3,117 members who have rated Verizon -- some 94% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star Gedmitri, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community, and eracer7347.

Last month, Gedmitri noted that Verizon "sports a strong business model with a solid control over cash. The dividend should provide incentive for price appreciation." Our CAPS member concludes, "When the dust settles, I expect AT&T and Verizon to be the 2 companies left standing."

In a pitch one week earlier, eracer7347 expanded on Verizon as a tasty triple play:

[Verizon] Wireless has the most customers, most profitable operations, no expensive liabilities [like profit sucking deals with Apple], all the spectrum [the best spectrum, too] it needs and will launch 4G first.

It also has launched a VoIP product, the Hub, that is head and shoulders above everything else out there-for $34.99-and your kids get to text without limit....

Look at it this way-folks buy FiOS, get a Hub and a [Verizon] Network extender, and start to pay for the network [Verizon Wireless] uses while watching the best TV product and getting the best, fastest Internet access in their markets-business models don't get much better than that.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Sprint Nextel is a Motley Fool Inside Value pick, Apple is a selection of Stock Advisor, and Google is a recommendation of Rule Breakers. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.