5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Telefonica

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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, Spanish telecom giant Telefonica (NYS: TEF) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Telefonica facts

Headquarters (founded)Madrid (1924)
Market Cap$85.0 billion
IndustryIntegrated telecom services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$86.7 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Cesar Izuel
COO Julio Lopez
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)32.4%
Cash/Debt$7.5 billion / $81.9 billion
Dividend Yield10.9%
CompetitorsAmerica Movil (NYS: AMX)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 900 members who have rated Telefonica believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include MajorBob04 and mwlove.

Earlier this fall, MajorBob04 highlighted Telefonica as too cheap to pass up: "This is a great company whose stock price is getting hurt by Euro and European financial problems. Long-term they will do very well as they are well entrenched in Latin America as well."

In fact, Telefonica sports a cheapish forward P/E of 8.4. That represents a discount to other telecom giants such as America Movil (11.1), AT&T (NYS: T) (11.7), and Verizon (NYS: VZ) (15.0).

CAPS member mwlove elaborates on the bargain oportunity:

More than Spain, Telefonica is big in Latin America, especially with the cellular business. Undervalued, plus a huge dividend at current prices. Europe won't blow up, and Latin America will grow: that's a winning combination.

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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 Telefonica. 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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