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Why TravelCenters Is Poised to Keep Poppin'

By Brian D. Pacampara, CFA - Apr 15, 2013 at 5:08PM

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Market-trouncing returns could be written in these stars.

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, travel center operator TravelCenters of America (TA 5.67%) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

TravelCenters facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Westlake, Ohio (1992)

Market Cap

$295.4 million


Automotive retail

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$8.0 billion


CEO Thomas O'Brien (since 2007)
CFO Andrew Rebholz (since 2007)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$35.2 million / $84.2 million


Pilot Flying J

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

On CAPS, 88% of the 107 members who have rated TravelCenters believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier today, one of those Fools, NoblyNaive, tapped TravelCenters as a particularly attractive momentum play:

Great run in March 2013; time to do it again! This company's bottom line is wildly affected by business volume. With apparently good times ahead, leisure travel is expected to at least modestly increase this summer (summer increase + economy outlook increase), which could make profits (and stock price) soar. ... Stock price looks to be basing for another upsurge.

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