Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Internet search gorilla Google
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Google's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Mountain View, Calif. (1998)|
|Market Cap||$190.7 billion|
|Industry||Internet information providers|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$35.8 billion|
Co-Founder/CEO Dr. Larry Page
CFO Patrick Pichette
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||18.7%|
|Cash/Debt||$42.6 billion / $7.26 billion|
Research In Motion
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
Just last month, TarynOne touched on Google's ubiquitous nature:
This company has a foot in so many corners of the tech world -- android/smartphone market, Internet advertising, social networking, email, google maps & earth, and all their beta concepts and potential projects. I think Google will continue to make itself relevant and vital to Internet and smartphone users for several years forward.
Over the next five years, in fact, Google is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 19% annually. That's faster than that of rivals like Microsoft (10%), Research In Motion (9%), and Yahoo! (13%).
CAPS member CHill8008 elaborates on the Google bull case:
Solid company. Excellent p/e for a company this size. Has established a corporate culture and brand identity, technology that is both accessible and mysterious that all conspire to form the epitome of a moat imo. This is going to be like a utility. Cloud computing has lost some sheen, but is still promising. Android OS. Ad dollars, and yen, and pesos, and euros, and other dollars. Founders that are at the top of their game. Innovative. And the ratios that matter beat the industry.
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