Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, drugstore and pharmacy benefits giant CVS Caremark
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at CVS' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Woonsocket, R.I. (1892)|
|Market Cap||$46.56 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$96.41 billion|
|Management||CEO Larry Merlo (since March 2011)
CFO David Denton (since January 2010)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||10%|
|Cash / Debt||$1.43 billion / $10.06 billion|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Late last month, JohnGalt21 touched on the huge demographic trend working in CVS' favor: "Sales of prescription drugs will rise as baby boomers continue to retire and the federal government continues unfettered in its willingness to help subsidize them."
Over the past five years, CVS has even grown its bottom line at a solid rate of 22.9% annually. That's faster than competitors Walgreen (6.7%), Wal-Mart (7.9%), and MedcoHealth (18.8%).
CAPS member jpsheb expands on CVS' ubiquitous nature:
It is a prominent drug chain with plenty of room to grow. In many communities I have seen, it, like [Walgreen], is a neighborhood drug store selling both retail products and offering Pharmacy services. The demand of its products, medical consumer products and generic drugs, should continue to increase with a "boom" in retirement and aging of the population beginning now and continuing over the next 15-20 years.
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