Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, health insurer WellPoint
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at WellPoint's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Indianapolis (1944)|
|Market Cap||$22.9 billion|
|Industry||Managed health care|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$61.2 billion|
|Management||CEO Angela Braly (since 2007)
CFO Wayne DeVeydt (since 2007)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||14.9%|
|Cash/Debt||$19.7 billion / $10.2 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 94% of the 979 members who have rated WellPoint believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Shareholder value over the past 10 years has increased at a rate that justifies a price of [$70 per share] or below at a 15 percent discount rate. I don't see the profitability changing, particularly as the health care reform increases the volume of incoming premiums -- and if health care reform goes away, the current price is still fair. In other words, there's a lot of upside with little risk.
If you want market-thumping returns, you need to put together the best portfolio you can. Owning exceptional stocks is a surefire way to secure your financial future. Of course, despite its five-star rating, WellPoint may not be your top choice.
We've found another stock we are incredibly excited about -- excited enough to dub it "The Motley Fool's Top Stock for 2012." We have compiled a special free report for investors to uncover this stock today. The report is 100% free, but it won't be here forever, so click here to access it now.
Want to see how well (or not so well) the stocks in this series are performing? Follow the new TrackPoisedTo CAPS account.
Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of WellPoint. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of WellPoint and UnitedHealth, as well as creating a diagonal call position in UnitedHealth. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.