5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Procter & Gamble

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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, consumer products gorilla Procter & Gamble (NYS: PG) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Procter & Gamble facts

Headquarters (Founded)Cincinnati (1837)
Market Cap$175.8 billion
IndustryHousehold products
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$84.4 billion
ManagementCEO Robert McDonald (since 2009)
CFO Jon Moeller (since 2009)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)17.1%
Cash/Debt$3.58 billion / $33.9 billion
Dividend Yield3.3%
CompetitorsJohnson & Johnson (NYS: JNJ)
Kimberly-Clark (NYS: KMB)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 7,448 CAPS members who have rated Procter & Gamble believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include NorthPort2000 and buffetfisherftw.

This past summer, NorthPort2000 tapped Procter & Gamble as an ideal way to play defense:

A major player with multiple brands in different product lines. They make high quality products, and market the products really well. When consumers go grocery shopping, they are most likely going to buy at least one of the many different products they produce. ... Consistent dividend!

Over the next five years, in fact, Procter & Gamble is expected to grow its bottom line at a solid rate of 9% annually. That's slightly faster than industry peers like Clorox (NYS: CLX) (8%), Johnson & Johnson (6%), and Kimberly-Clark (6%).

CAPS member buffetfisherftw elaborates on the bull case:

Currently cheap, and if people think this is a slow old company, they're wrong. P&G has one of the best, and deepest, management teams in the world, and is a consistent innovator. There's still plenty of the world's 7 billion people not spending $100/month on P&G products like Americans are. This company was one of the great growth stories of the 20th century, and will be for the 21st.

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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 Procter & Gamble, Clorox, Johnson & Johnson, and Kimberly-Clark, as well as creating a diagonal call position in Johnson & Johnson. The Fool owns shares of Clorox and Johnson & Johnson. 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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