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Why Unilever Is Poised to Outperform

By Brian D. Pacampara, CFA - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:14PM

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Market-trouncing returns could be written in this 5-Star.

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, consumer staples giant Unilever (UL 0.36%) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Unilever and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Unilever facts



Headquarters (founded)

London, U.K. (1885)

Market Cap

$118.9 billion


Packaged foods and meats

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$66.5 billion


CEO Paul Polman (since 2008)

CFO Jean-Marc Huet (since 2010)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$3.7 billion/$13.2 billion

Dividend Yield



Procter & Gamble 

General Mills 

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 872 members who have rated Unilever believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, mocha283, succinctly summed up the Unilever bull case for our community:

Best. Euro stock. EVER. Love this company so much: excellent gains in the past couple years I've owned it (despite tons of negative financials in Europe) AND has a steady and strong dividend to boot. Besides the fact that you see their staple products all around the world, from deodorant to peanut butter, this is definitely a "forever" stock you should keep in your portfolio.

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