4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Coach

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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, luxury handbag maker Coach (NYS: COH) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Coach facts

  
Headquarters (Founded)New York (1941)
Market Cap$17.2 billion
IndustryApparel and luxury goods
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$4.3 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Lew Frankfort
CFO Jane Nielsen
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)45.9%
Cash/Debt$848 million / $30.2 million
Dividend Yield1.5%
CompetitorsPolo Ralph Lauren (NYS: RL)
Talbots (NYS: TLB)
Tiffany (NYS: TIF)

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

On CAPS, 93% of the 2,357 members who have rated Coach believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include ajbakerjr and TauLepton.

Earlier this year, ajbakerjr highlighted Coach as a stock worth carrying:

One of the premier retailers in the world, with products that manage to remain among the "must haves" on wish lists everywhere in good economic times and bad. Plus, with the burgeoning middle class populations around the world, their growth prospects extend far beyond the US.

Over the past five years, in fact, Coach has grown its top-line at a solid rate of 15% annually. That's faster than competitors like Polo Ralph Lauren (9%) and Tiffany (8%), let alone Talbots and its average revenue decline of -11%.

CAPS member TauLepton expands on the outperform argument:

Regardless of the current downed economy, luxury goods make us feel good about ourselves. Those that can afford this brand will continue to buy. Those that can't will still dream of the day that they will be able to buy. Coach is solidly run, effectively marketed and produces a solid product.

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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 Coach. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Coach. 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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