Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-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. 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 Verizon's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Verizon facts

Headquarters (Founded)

New York, New York (1983)

Market Cap

$93.52 billion


Telecommunication Services

TTM Revenue

$95.57 billion


CEO Ivan Seidenberg (since 2002)
CFO Doreen Augustinus Toben (since 2002)

Return on Equity (average last three years)



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

Over on CAPS, fully 494 of 535 of the All-Star members who have rated Verizon -- some 92% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These All-Star bulls include drjohn432 and giantSwan, both of whom are ranked in the top 15% of our community.

In May, drjohn432 noted that Verizon is "one of the premier communication companies in the world and has great infrastructure for both fixed line and wireless apps. It also is stockholder friendly and raises its dividend on a regular basis."

A pitch by giantSwan one month later followed that line of thinking, further focusing on Verizon's solid infrastructure:

I think Verizon is a fantastic long term play here. They focus heavily on infrastructure, not external devices that interact with their network. This infrastructure will pay off in the future. Today we cannot live without cell phones. We are moving to life where we cannot live without high speed mobile data connectivity. The big wireless telecom companies are well positioned to provide these services for years to come. I like AT&T as well, but prefer [Verizon].

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