Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, U.K. mobile giant Vodafone Group (Nasdaq: VOD) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Vodafone facts

Headquarters (Founded) Newbury, U.K. (1984)
Market Cap $145.7 billion
Industry Wireless telecom services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $72.77 billion

CEO Vittorio Colao (since 2008)

CFO Andrew Halford (since 2005)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 9.1%
Cash/Debt $15.5 billion / $67.65 billion
Dividend Yield 4.6%


Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S)

France Telecom

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94% of the 897 members who have rated Vodafone believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include whatsthepoint and All-Star BoiseKen, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Earlier this month, whatsthepoint listed several of Vodafone's positives: "The largest mobile phone company in the world! Rock solid financials, high dividend yield, and owns substantial stakes in [Verizon Wireless] and numerous emerging market telecoms..."

Over the past three years, Vodafone has even grown its top-line at a solid rate of 11.7% annually. That's faster than that of other telecom giants like AT&T's 1.5% and Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) at 4.5%, much less the 6.7% average annualized decline in sales that Sprint has seen.

CAPS All-Star BoiseKen expands on the outperform argument:

[Vodafone] owns 45% of the profitable cashflow machine Verizon Wireless. ...

The valuation is nice -- cheaper than US AT&T & Verizon Communications (which is saddled with some debt and an increasingly irrelevant wireline business).

Dividend can and should grow -- payout ratio is only 50%; bring on the dividends from Verizon Wireless and we will be in the cat bird seat.

There may be a short term pullback if Verizon has to pay out lots of subsidies to make long term iPhone profit, but over 2-4 years this will be the telecom winner.

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