Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, telecom giant Verizon Communications
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.
|Headquarters (Founded)||New York (1983)|
|Market Cap||$107.1 billion|
|Industry||Integrated telecommunication services|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$110.9 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Lowell McAdam
CFO Francis Shammo
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||12.6%|
|Cash/Debt||$14.0 billion / $55.2 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 94% of the 4,872 members who have rated Verizon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
It would shock me if stock in Verizon -- which in my experience has proven itself to be the most reliable service provider -- did not beat the broader market over the course of the next few years. Its dividend alone, nearly 5.4% currently, looks more like the rate of a corporate bond than the dividend yield of a massive company with no particularly ominous dangers to scare away investors. ... Verizon is in good position to take advantage within the industry. In five years or so [Verizon] and AT&T could be the only major players in the telecommunications game. ... Sprint and AT&T will bleed customers to [Verizon] in these years to come, and will be unable to match Verizon's service consistency.
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