5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: PepsiCo

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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, soft-drink and snack giant PepsiCo (NYS: PEP) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

PepsiCo facts

Headquarters (Founded)Purchase, N.Y. (1898)
Market Cap$101.5 billion
IndustrySoft drinks
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$64.5 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Indra Nooyi
CFO Hugh Johnston
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)32.5%
Cash/Debt$3.54 billion / $26.9 billion
Dividend Yield3.2%
CompetitorsCoca-Cola (NYS: KO)
General Mills (NYS: GIS)
Kraft (NYS: KFT)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 4,422 members who have rated PepsiCo believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars TMFDeej and TheMiracleDJR, both of whom are ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Just last month, TMFDeej tapped the stock as a tasty bargain opportunity: "Pepsi is cheap on a sum-of-the-parts basis. This value may be unlocked by a split of the drinks and snacks divisions, potentially forced by activist investors and the company's Board of Directors."

In fact, PepsiCo sports a cheapish price-to-cash flow of 12.3. That represents a discount to competitors like Coca-Cola (17.1), General Mills (15.0), and Kraft (15.3).

CAPS All-Star TheMiracleDJR expands on the outperform argument:

As a marketing man, all I can say is The Pepsi Generation -- as stupid, annoying and idiotic as it is -- is the purest genius. A moat pretty much as big as Coke's. No chance any beverage/snack food company can get in front of them. They're profits are as close to guaranteed as profits can be.

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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 PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, as well as creating a diagonal call position in PepsiCo. 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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