Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, National Grid
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at National Grid's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
National Grid facts
|Headquarters (Founded)||London (1990)|
|Market Cap||$34.5 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$21.9 billion|
|Management||CEO Steven Holliday (since 2007)
Finance Director Andrew Bonfield (since 2010)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||29.3%|
|Cash/Debt||$4.6 billion / $38.8 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 97% of the 840 members who have rated National Grid believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
National Grid should be able to grow its very attractive dividend. ... Challenges and risks arise with regulators, as is typically the case with utilities. One of my favorite aspects of this stock is the direct inflation hedge, as consumer rates are directly linked to a UK inflation index. Combine this with a healthy and growing yield and you have a real return on investment in the form cash.
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