5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Vodafone

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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, U.K. mobile giant Vodafone Group (NAS: VOD) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Vodafone facts

Headquarters (Founded)Newbury, U.K. (1984)
Market Cap$143.4 billion
IndustryWireless telecom services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$73.8 billion
Management

CEO Vittorio Colao (since 2008)

CFO Andrew Halford (since 2005)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)7.5%
Cash/Debt$11.14 billion / $61.56 billion
Dividend Yield5.1%
Competitors

AT&T (NYS: T)

Telefonica (NYS: TEF)

France Telecom (NYS: FTE)

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

On CAPS, 95.5% of the 1,173 members who have rated Vodafone believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include cothron88 and Sparkynet.

Just last month, cothron88 tapped Vodafone as a particularly special income opportunity:

A beast in the service provider market throughout the world with a 45% share of Verizon [Wireless]. Huge dividend, along with special dividends coming in from [Verizon Wireless]. Awesome dividend play.

Over the next five years, Vodafone is even expected to grow its bottom line at a solid rate of 15% annually. That's much faster than competitors like AT&T (4%) and France Telecom (1%), let alone Telefonica's expected average decline of 0.05%.

CAPS member Sparkynet elaborates on the bull case:

World's largest (by revenue) mobile telecommunications company. ...
Growth through acquisition. Slow and steady.
They own [45%] of Verizon Wireless. Expecting huge dividend payment soon.
They have presence in every continent except Antarctica.
They've exited China and concentrating on Asia, Eastern Europe, India.
Average target prices approximately 25% above current price.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Vodafone and France Telecom. The Fool owns shares of Telefonica. 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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