Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-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 (1983)
Market Cap $126.1 billion
Industry Integrated telecom services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $113.1 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Lowell McAdam
CFO Francis Shammo
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 12.9%
Cash/Debt $10.8 billion / $52.4 billion
Dividend Yield 4.6%
Competitors AT&T
Sprint Nextel
T-Mobile USA

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94% of the 4,873 members who have rated Verizon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A few months ago, one of those Fools, tichtalk, tapped Verizon as a particularly solid income opportunity:

Verizon is a clear industry leader, with strong recurring cash flow and healthy margins. The firm's financial health has improved significantly as it has used asset sales, spin-offs and cash flow to sharply reduce debt in recent years. Based upon Verizon's current valuation, high dividend yield, and potential for modest capital gain over the near term support this [bullish view]. ... Additionally Verizon's average annual dividend yield over 5 years has been 5.3%, further making the case for holding.

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