4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Google

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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, Internet search gorilla Google (NAS: GOOG) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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.

Google facts

Headquarters (Founded)Mountain View, Calif. (1998)
Market Cap$190.7 billion
IndustryInternet information providers
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$35.8 billion
Management

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
Competitors

Microsoft (NAS: MSFT)

Research In Motion (NAS: RIMM)

Yahoo!

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 86% of the 17,227 members who have rated Google believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include TarynOne and CHill8008.

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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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 Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!, as well as creating a bull call spread position in Microsoft. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We 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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