4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: GlaxoSmithKline

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (NYS: GSK) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Glaxo facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Brentford, U.K. (1935)

Market Cap

$107.4 billion

Industry

Pharmaceuticals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$43.12 billion

Management

CEO Andrew Witty (since May 2008)

CFO Simon Dingemans (since March 2011)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)

23.7%

Cash/Debt

$9.5 billion / $24.1 billion

Dividend Yield

4.8%

Competitors

Merck (NYS: MRK)

Novartis (NYS: NVS)

Pfizer (NYS: PFE)

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,398 members who have rated Glaxo believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include headyinvestor and All-Star RedandBlack, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Just last month, headyinvestor succinctly summed up the Glaxo bull case:

People need drugs, regardless of the economy. They have the added bonus of an established consumer goods line. Pharma was oversold and this stock will recover.

Over the next five years, in fact, Glaxo is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 16.8% annually. That's much faster than rivals Merck (4.5%), Novartis (4.8%), and Pfizer (4.1%).

CAPS All-Star RedandBlack expands on the Glaxo outperform argument:

They are partnering with other drug makers in emerging markets (Dr. Reddy's in India) and investing in consumer products (Tums, Sominex). Nice dividend. Management during the last update indicated they would be buying back stock in on the high end of the $1-$2 billion range. Outperform.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Glaxo. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Glaxo, Novartis, and Pfizer. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 daysWe Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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