4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Kraft Foods

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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, packaged-foods giant Kraft Foods (NYS: KFT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Kraft facts

Headquarters (Founded)Northfield, Ill. (2000)
Market Cap$65.9 billion
IndustryPackaged foods
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$53.5 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Irene Rosenfeld
CFO David Brearton
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)8.8%
Cash/Debt$2.06 billion / $29.6 billion
Dividend Yield3.1%
CompetitorsGeneral Mills (NYS: GIS)
PepsiCo (NYS: PEP)
Unilever (NYS: UL)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 2,525 members who have rated Kraft believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include kpoeppel and wowdwarf2.   

Earlier this week, kpoeppel listed several of Kraft's positives: "Consumer non-cyclical. Steady dividend, good yield. Like [Coca-Cola (NYS: KO) ], it has an economic moat in the form of brand loyalty. Easy to understand business."

Kraft even sports a cheapish price-to-sales multiple of 1.2. That represents a discount to competitors like General Mills (1.7), PepsiCo (1.6), and Unilever (1.6).

CAPS member wowdwarf2 offers a few more reasons to start digging into Kraft:

Boringly AWESOME
[S]imply put people need to eat and Kraft has coined the term "Staple Cheap"
[D]uring this recession they will gain market share and still turn a dime while paying a very nice [dividend]
That is a one trick pony worth every penny

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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 Motley Fool owns shares of Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Unilever, as well as creating a diagonal call position in PepsiCo. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 daysWe 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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