Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-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.

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

$3.78 billion


Integrated telecommunication services

TTM Revenue

$3.17 billion


President/CEO Jeffery Gardner (since 2006)
CFO Brent Whittington (since 2006)

Return on Capital (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ)

CAPS members bullish on WIN also bullish on

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CAPS members bearish on WIN also bearish on

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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 473 of the 497 members who have rated Windstream -- some 95% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star starrider78, who is ranked in the top 6% of our community, and SandmanKy.

Two weeks ago, starrider78 cited Windstream's focus on rural markets as its big advantage over the big boys:

Huge dividend yield, good cash flow, and competes in the bargain segment of the telecom market. Companies like Cox Communications and AT&T don't really go after this market. The stock is expensive for its sales, but the dividend more than makes up for it.

In an earlier pitch from March, SandmanKy expands on Windstream as a reliable income opportunity:

This is one of my more favorite stocks that I own. I like the yield I get and with the current market environment, dividend re-investing in this one makes it that much better. Debt levels are some what of a concern but rural telephone (communication) companies have less competition, thereby creating more of a steady revenue stream.

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