Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, tobacco merchant Universal
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Universal's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Richmond, Va. (1888)|
|Market Cap||$1.1 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$2.5 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO George Freeman, III
CFO David Moore
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||14.1%|
|Cash/Debt||$152.4 million / $541.0 million|
British American Tobacco
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 95% of the 200 members who have rated Universal believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
- Defensive blue chip
- Good dividend
- Solid balance sheet
- Risk of being marginalized as the middleman in the tobacco value chain
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