4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Dollar Tree

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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, discount variety store operator Dollar Tree (NAS: DLTR) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Dollar Tree facts

Headquarters (Founded)Chesapeake, Va. (1986)
Market Cap$9.04 billion
IndustryGeneral merchandise stores
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$6.41 billion
ManagementCEO Bob Sasser (since 2004)
CFO Kevin Wampler (since 2008)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)27.7%
Cash/Debt$280.2 million / $265.5 million
CompetitorsDollar General (NYS: DG)
Family Dollar Stores (NYS: FDO)
Wal-Mart Stores (NYS: WMT)

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

On CAPS, 92% of the 444 members who have rated Dollar Tree believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include tbonci and All-Star investinggenius.

This past summer, tbonci noted that Dollar Tree "has a very successful business model with a huge chunk of market share." Our CAPS member concludes: "They have consistently high returns, and with the recession, the stigma of shopping at a dollar store is being constantly eroded."

Over the next five years, in fact, Dollar Tree is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 19% annually. That's faster than that of discount rivals like Dollar General (17%), Family Dollar (15%), and Wal-Mart (10%).

CAPS All-Star investinggenius elaborates on the bull case:

Dollar Tree's commitment to keeping prices low and stocking only items a dollar or less in its stores resonates with people struggling. ... It seems safe to say that this stock is a fair bet as benefiting from the recession and the frugal chic that's popular now may help it once the recession ends. ... [S]hould win the loyalty of some customers even after this recession lifts and I feel that it is a safe stock during a good economy and a great stock for a down economy.

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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 Fool owns shares of Wal-Mart. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of and creating a diagonal call position in Wal-Mart. 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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