Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, data storage specialist EMC (NYSE:EMC) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

EMC facts

Headquarters (founded)

Hopkinton, Massachusetts (1979)

Market Cap

$21.14 billion


Data Storage Devices

TTM Revenue

$14.88 billion


CEO Joseph Tucci (since 2001)

CFO David Goulden (since 2006)

Compound Annual Income Growth (over last five years)




Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ),

Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC)

CAPS members bullish on EMC also bullish on:

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO)

CAPS members bearish on EMC also bearish on:

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, 2,846 of the 2,978 members who have rated EMC -- or 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include my Foolish colleague Rich Smith (TMFDitty), who is ranked in the top 1% of our community, and ironcowboy.

In late December, Rich brought the stock's bargain-like price (which is relatively unchanged) to our community's attention:

Not only is EMC the best game in town for information storage. Not only does it *own* the best name in cloud computing [VMware (NYSE:VMW)]. In addition to be being king of the hill in both these kingdoms, the stock sells for the low, low price of 7x FCF (EV/FCF) -- quite a discount to anticipated 11% long-term growth. Get it while it's (not) hot.

In a pitch from three days later, ironcowboy expands on EMC's enticing tailwinds:

It will likely outperform due to business demanding better computer systems infrastructure, and emphasis on more automated systems. Business will look to invest precious dollars during the downturn, not to grow outside revenue, but to perfect internal efficiencies to give competitive advantages. EMC can assist business attain this overall goal of improving internal information system efficiency. EMC offers business a way to be efficient and thus more competitive.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Symantec and Microsoft are Motley Fool Inside Value picks. VMware is a choice of Rule Breakers. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.