Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, retail behemoth Wal-Mart Stores
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Wal-Mart's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Bentonville, Ark. (1945)|
|Market Cap||$208.1 billion|
|Industry||Hypermarkets and super centers|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$447.0 billion|
|Management||CEO Michael Duke (since 2009)
CFO Charles Holley (since 2010)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||21.9%|
|Cash/Debt||$6.6 billion / $53.4 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 89% of the 7,078 members who have rated Wal-Mart believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Wal-Mart still has potential in emerging markets to drive growth. They've proven they can adapt over time to grow same store sales and generate new opportunities in their stores. They're getting back to what they do best, low prices. The recession taught a little lesson about their market and where they belong and the efficiencies created are added benefits when the economy improves. ... Oh and dividends are nice.
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