5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: PerkinElmer

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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, health and industrial sciences company PerkinElmer (NYS: PKI) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

PerkinElmer facts

Headquarters (Founded)Waltham, Mass. (1931)
Market Cap$2.18 billion
IndustryLife sciences tools and services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$1.82 billion
Management

Chairman/CEO Robert Friel

Vice President/CFO Frank Wilson

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)6.8%
Cash/Debt$395.2 million / $671 million
Dividend Yield1.5%
Competitors

Agilent Technologies (NYS: A)

Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYS: TMO)

Waters (NYS: WAT)

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

On CAPS, 93% of the 132 members who have rated PerkinElmer believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Clint35 and Tradersinfo.

Earlier this month, Clint35 succinctly summed up the PerkinElmer bull case: "Looks very cheap. Plus a small dividend."

In fact, PerkinElmer currently sports a particularly cheap P/E of 6.3. That represents a clear discount to rivals Agilent (11.1), Thermo Fisher (15.1), and Waters (16.8).

CAPS member Tradersinfo elaborated on the bargain opportunity back in June:

BUY $30.00 price target. ParkinElmner is a rebound-story. The Company has gone through no less than two restructuring programs in the last 12 months, both of which have been successful in reducing costs. Profit margin has improved to 13.6%, while the earnings forecast is also in the double-digit range (incidentally, 13.5%). ... [R]elatively fast growth momentum coupled with favorable valuation and, of course (how could I forget?) low beta. Favorable risk/reward in sum.

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