Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, telecom giant Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Verizon facts

Headquarters (Founded)

New York (1983)

Market Cap

$100.8 billion


Integrated telecommunication services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$106.64 billion


Chairman/CEO Ivan Seidenberg

President/COO Lowell McAdam

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$14.7 billion / $61.2 billion

Dividend Yield




Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA)

Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 4,740 members who have rated Verizon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include fellow Fool Rich Smith (TMFDitty), who is ranked in the top 1% of our community, and joshy0077.

Just last week, Rich highlighted Verizon as a solid income opportunity: "GAAP earnings mask massive free cash flow at this steady-Eddy dividend payer. FIOS is an added bonus."

Currently, Verizon even sports a cheapish EV/EBITDA of 4.2. That represents a slight discount to competitors AT&T (6.3), Comcast (6.9), and Sprint (5.2).

CAPS member joshy0077 elaborates on the Verizon bull case:

Continued expansion of their LTE network, capturing market share from ATT (and now T-Mobile), and their superior customer service will keep VZ on the right track for a long time.

They've also got a rash of new phones coming out in the next few quarters, so expect greater sales of new 2-year agreements and extensions of existing agreements.

iPhone 5 (LTE?) and iPad 2/3 sales continue to grow.

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